Watch your UniFi Video directory for new videos, convert to gif and notify over mqtt
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unifi-video-gif-mqtt

Watch your UniFi Video directory for new videos, convert to gif and notify over MQTT.

Read my blog article for a tutorial on how to get started.

Config File

Needs a simple JSON based config file passed in on the command line.

For example:

{
    "mqtt_server": "192.168.1.2",
    "mqtt_port": 1883,
    "mqtt_base_topic": "cameras/gifs",
    "gif_output_dir": "/gifs",
    "unifi_video_watch_dir": "/unifi-video"
}
  • mqtt_server: MQTT server to publish notifications to
  • mqtt_port: Port of MQTT server
  • mqtt_base_topic: MQTT topic to publish new GIFs to. Camera name will be appended to the end of this base topic.
  • gif_output_dir: Directory to put the created GIFs
  • unifi_video_watch_dir: Directory to watch for new UniFi Video Recordings

Installation

There is a docker image if you prefer to run using docker. For example:

docker run -v $(pwd)/config:/config \
    -v /srv/storage/Videos/Surveillance:/unifi-video \
    -v /tmp/gifs:gifs \
    zlalanne/unifi-video-gif-mqtt:latest

or via docker compose.

services:
  unifi-video-gif-mqtt:
    image: zlalanne/unifi-video-gif-mqtt:latest
    volumes:
      - ./config/unifi-video-gif-mqtt:/config
      - /srv/storage/Videos/Surveillance:/unifi-video
      - /tmp/gifs:/gifs
    restart: unless-stopped

If you'd prefer to install dependencies yourself, you'll need:

  • ffmpeg 4.0 (other versions probably work, but that's what I tested with)
  • Python 3
  • python libraries listed in requirements.txt (install via pip install -r requirements.txt)