Create a simple video test environment (Part 2)

In the first part we created the video test environment and you learned how to extend it. At the end of this tutorial you will know how to embed video content in the video test environment. Therefore, a few basics are shown around ffmpeg (how to create, edit and use videos).

Record and prepare some videos

The recording should contain video and sound and should be 5 minutes long. The content of the video does not matter!

As soon as a video is ready we have to create more.

Note: After this step you will have many video files which you will use

  • ./ (original)
  • ./demo.mp4 (converted)
  • ./src/demo_scaled.mp4 (converted and resized)
  • ./src/output.m3u8
  • ./src/\*.ts

Get in contact with ffmpeg

I assume that ffmpeg is properly installed and the test environment is running.

Stream videos

Stream from FaceTime HD Camera (macOS)

Create a simple video test environment

In this series I would like to clarify the following questions. How can you test local videos and videos provided by a server? What tools are there? How could the test environment look like? … So these tutorials should provide an entry into the subject of video testing. In this part, we will provide the test environment.


additional Software


Project Structure

Prepare and run your test environment

The test environment will created by Vagrant. The Vagrant Base box needs to be provided with Debian 9. Therefore you have now 2 options. You can use a Debian 9 Base box from Vagrant cloud or you create your own. To create your own Debian 9 Base box you can use my Packer Git repository.

Please ensure, that the  Vagrantfile is properly configured (config.vm.box_url, before start-up environment.

After successful start you will find some informations on start page about How-to create, modify, upload and stream videos. In second tutorial we will have a detailed look on it.

StartPage Video Test Environment

To understand the background somewhat better, take a look!

Develop some more

There are even more ways to publish video files (Media Streaming Server). You can easily expand the environment. Just customize/create the configurations and files in the “src” folder as well as the Vagrantfile. For Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) support take a look here. This link opens the commercial software solution.

Note: You simply link the IDE with the “src” folder. To change the images and videos, just run vagant provisioner.

Download and install ffmpeg binaries on macOS

Currently official ffmpeg packages are available for Windows, Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, RedHat) and macOS. You can download latest versions here.

Here now a solution for macOS users, if you don’t like to install many additional software on your system (static FFmpeg binaries).

Now some basic ffmpeg commands, which should work now. If you like,you can move the binary into directory “/usr/local/”.

Okay, that’s it for first tutorial.