Monday, December 04, 2017

How to log in to SoundCloud in Kodi

The SoundCloud add-on for Kodi accesses SoundCloud via its API and OAuth2 authentication. It is supposed to log in once using your username and password, and get a token. After this, there is no need for your password, and it can access SoundCloud using just the token.

The problem is that SoundCloud's initial procedure for obtaining the token has changed, and you now need to use the /connect method. But, once the add-on has the token, it can log in. So, the solution is to get the token using another method.

Soundnode is a desktop app which also authenticates to SoundCloud via OAuth2. After authenticating, the token can be found in its configuration files.  In Linux, URL strings including the token can be found in ~/.config/Soundnode/Cache/data_*. Look for URL inside like . Then add the token to your add-on configuration file, in Linux at ~/.kodi/userdata/addon_data/ You need to add <setting id="login.access_token" value="something" /> .

While the add-on doesn't need the login.username and login.password, its code is written such that they need to exist and the login.hash needs to match. You can compute the hash in Python using:

import hashlib
username = 'username'
password = 'whatever'
m = hashlib.md5()
m.update(username.encode('utf-8') + password.encode('utf-8'))

Since the add-on is incapable of actually using this information to log in, feel free to not actually put your real password there. The OAuth2 token provides access to your SoundCloud account, so keep that secure.

This may not be a complete solution, because although I can access lists of things, playback fails with a HTTP 401 error. I don't know if that means the SoundNode API quota is depleted or if I need to do other things. Setting CLIENT_ID and User-Agent in ~/.kodi/addons/ did not help.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Streaming video from an MJPEG network camera to applications in Linux

I recently got a D-Link DCS-930L network camera. It outputs a motion JPEG (MJPEG) stream at http://address/video.cgi. Although there's no kernel driver for receiving that, it is possible to send it to applications from user space via v4l2loopback.

First you need to install the module. Debian and Ubuntu have it in the v4l2loopback-dkms. If your distribution doesn't have it, then you'll need to build it and install it yourself. Then, load the module. If you want Chrome to see it, load it with the exclusive_caps=1 parameter, like sudo modprobe v4l2loopback exclusive_caps=1 .

Then, run a program to read the video and send it to the loopback device. It's possible with ffmpeg, using something like this:

ffmpeg -f mjpeg -i http://user:pass@ -s 640x480 -vf format=pix_fmts=yuv420p -f v4l2 /dev/video0

Note user:pass, which would be the credentials needed to log in to the camera. If you put yours there, note that it's insecure, as ps shows command lines. Also note the resolution and video device, which you may need to change.

A similar method could be used if you wanted to read from one video device, apply effects, and then present the video with effects to an application.