I am using dvgrab to dump video to disk and stream it to an RTMP server at the same time like this:
dvgrab -f dv1 - | tee dump.dv | avconv ... rtmp://server/feed
However, I am having intermittent problems in that I am getting an error that reads "Buffer underrun. This means that frames could not be written fast enough."
This happens sometimes several times in a day, and other days it doesn't happen at all.
When it does happens, it tends to cluster together and happen repeatedly for about 10-15 seconds and then the capture and stream continue, or sometimes it dies and I have to restart it. This is bad because it breaks the live stream for viewers and it also creates breakages in our captured footage.
We are doing this on an i7 laptop with 8gb ram running Xubuntu Linux with no other processes running at all. The laptop is dedicated to video capture and streaming. I initially thought that it would be due to the hardware not being sufficient for the task, however we were running it on a Core2Duo based laptop with 2gb RAM until 2 weeks ago, and after upgrading to the i7/8GB there has been no change in the frequency of the occurrence.
It happens when using either of our two laptops and with any of our collection of 5 cameras, which are 3x Canon HV30 and 2x Canon XH-A1s.
It has also happened with Xubuntu prior to and since the replaced firewire stack. Currently we are using the latest Xubuntu (12.10).
I don't know what else I can try to prevent this from happening. It does not seem to be related to the hardware's capability, nor does it seem to be related to a faulty camera, nor does it seem to be related to a specific camera model.
What else can I try to make this problem go away?