[FFmpeg-user] Can ffmpeg replay a live stream of constantly growing segmented *flv files?

Henry Soang henry.soang at umbocv.com
Thu Oct 2 20:14:10 CEST 2014

Hi all,

ffmpeg question:

I have configured nginx to segment a live stream
from a camera into sequential *flv files (about 1 minute duration each)
 in a directory. Each *flv file has a timestamp. For example:

[me at mybox /mydir] ls -lr test1*flv
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root      9898994 Sep 17 20:10
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root     10450933 Sep 17 17:42
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root     10437684 Sep 17 17:41
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root     10441149 Sep 17 17:41
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root     10454367 Sep 17 17:40
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root     10114779 Sep 17 17:40
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root     10454252 Sep 17 17:39
-rwxr-xr-x    1 root     root     10449784 Sep 17 17:39
<more get constantly added>

My question is:

I would like for a way to create an rtmp live stream that are the contents
of the *flv
files in this directory combined
- keeping in mind new files may be added as this is a live stream.

Is there a way to get ffmpeg to do something like this?

I thought perhaps the concat protocol could be used for this, but I *think*
that is a one time read on all the *flv files and no way for it to discover
the newly generated files in that directory.

Thanks for an ideas.

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