[FFmpeg-user] How to stream to HDMI on Linux/Ubuntu

David Favor david at davidfavor.com
Mon Dec 2 15:56:34 CET 2013

Carl Eugen Hoyos wrote:
> David Favor <david <at> davidfavor.com> writes:
>> Using latest Ubuntu-13.10 + ffmpeg-2.1.1 - the best way 
>> to stream audio + video directly to an HDMI port 
>> connected to a TV.
> Apart from "don't highjack mailing threads, this is 
> (also) very rude":
> Streaming audio via HDMI is completely straight-forward, 
> I am not sure what you mean with streaming video:
> There is -f sdl and -f xv (and both work fine with HDMI) 
> but ffmpeg is not a media player so I think I don't 
> understand your use-case.
> Or would "Use MPlayer" be a possible answer?
> Carl Eugen

I'm looking for the simple command, something like...

ffmpeg -i foo.mp4 /dev/hdmi

Maybe this is so simple, I'm just missing it.

So I guess two questions...

1) How do determine the HDMI device on a given machine

2) Syntax to stream a .mp4 file to the device


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