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Comparing speed of reading video frames via a subprocess, or via PyAV

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2013-10-05 10:19:59 mikeboers@maxwell: ~/Documents/Python/PyAV
$ time python video_frames_via_pipe.py
 
real 0m0.564s
user 0m0.729s
sys 0m0.241s
 
2013-10-05 10:20:01 mikeboers@maxwell: ~/Documents/Python/PyAV
$ time python video_frames_via_pyav.py
 
real 0m0.220s
user 0m0.457s
sys 0m0.059s
video_frames_via_pipe.py
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import subprocess
import numpy
 
 
proc = subprocess.Popen(['ffmpeg',
"-i", "sandbox/640x360.mp4",
"-f", "image2pipe",
"-pix_fmt", "rgb24",
"-vcodec", "rawvideo",
"-"],
stdout=subprocess.PIPE,
)
 
while True:
raw_image = proc.stdout.read(640 * 360 * 3)
if not raw_image:
break
image = numpy.fromstring(raw_image, dtype='uint8').reshape((640, 360, 3))
video_frames_via_pyav.py
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import Image
import av
 
 
def frame_iter(video):
streams = [s for s in video.streams if s.type == b'video']
streams = [streams[0]]
for packet in video.demux(streams):
for frame in packet.decode():
yield frame
 
 
video = av.open('sandbox/640x360.mp4')
frames = frame_iter(video)
for frame in frames:
img = Image.frombuffer("RGBA", (frame.width, frame.height), frame.to_rgba(), "raw", "RGBA", 0, 1)

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