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I need to stream video from DVBViewer's Netstreamer plugin, and capturing its onscreen video output is too laggy.

Is there any virtual webcam software that accepts HTTP Live Streams as a video source?

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which operating system? – rogerdpack Oct 1 '15 at 18:06

If you are on linux you could just use v4l2loopback with mplayer.

  1. Download it,
  2. compile it (make and su -c 'make install'),
  3. load the module with su -c 'modprobe v4l2loopback',
  4. then change one line in the file examples/yuv4mpeg_to_v4l2.c of the v4l2loopback source folder from

    v.fmt.pix.pixelformat = V4L2_PIX_FMT_YUV420;


    v.fmt.pix.pixelformat = V4L2_PIX_FMT_YVU420;
  5. and do make in this folder.

  6. Then run it from the examples directory like this:

    mkfifo /tmp/pipe  # only needed once, as long as you do not delete the file /tmp/pipe
    ./yuv4mpeg_to_v4l2 < /tmp/pipe &
    mplayer movie.mp4 -vf scale=480:360 -vo yuv4mpeg:file=/tmp/pipe

    where you replace movie.mp4 with the name of your video file. And replace /dev/video0 with your loopback device.

MPlayer is able to play any webstreams, all kind of video files and so on. I just tested it with a file from which is a german news site.

TS=$(wget "" -q -O - | grep --regexp='http.*\.webm"' | sed -e 's%.*href="%%' -e 's%\.webm".*%\.webm%')
./yuv4mpeg_to_v4l2 < /tmp/pipe &
mplayer $TS -vf scale=480:360 -vo yuv4mpeg:file=/tmp/pipe
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