cross-browser way to attach a media stream to a video element.


A tiny browser module for attaching a media stream to a video (or audio) element. It handles the differences between browsers.

Suitable for use with browserify/CommonJS on the client.

If you're not using browserify or you want AMD support use attachmediastream.bundle.js. Note that if no module system is detected it simply attaches a function called attachMediaStream to window.

npm install attachmediastream

Makes it easy to attach video streams to video tags.

var getUserMedia = require('getusermedia');
var attachMediaStream = require('attachmediastream');
// get user media 
getUserMedia(function (errstream) {
    // if the browser doesn't support user media 
    // or the user says "no" the error gets passed 
    // as the first argument. 
    if (err) {
    } else {
      console.log('got a stream', stream);  
      // attaches a stream to an element (it returns the element) 
      var videoEl = attachMediaStream(stream, document.getElementById('myVideo'));
      // if you don't pass an element it will create a video tag 
      var generatedVideoEl = attachMediaStream(stream);
      // you can also pass options 
      var videoEl = attachMediaStream(stream, someEl, {
        // this will set the autoplay attribute on the video tag 
        // this is true by default but you can turn it off with this option. 
        autoplay: true, 
        // let's you mirror the video. It's false by default, but it's common  
        // to mirror video when showing a user their own video feed. 
        // This makes that easy. 
        mirror: true,
        // muted is false, by default 
        // this will mute the video. Again, this is a good idea when showing 
        // a user their own video. Or there will be feedback issues. 
        muted: true,
        // attach as an audio element instead of video 
        audio: false

Browsers used to to this very differently. This is now less true than it used to be. It's fairly safe to just use URL.createObjectUrl(stream).

However, it's nice to know it will work if that's not true and it's also handy to be able to control mirroring, muting, autoplay in one shot with sane defaults.

As of writing this, FireFox doesn't let you show local video feed more than once on a page and trying to do so will result in none of them playing and it appearing broken.

As a result the test.html file won't work in FireFox stable unless you do one at a time.

The module's main function returns the element if successful and false otherwise. But if you're able to getUserMedia to begin with, attaching it shouldn't really fail.


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