The RedEye project was born from the need to stream video from a slowly moving robot with small inexpensive and easily available cameras.

Key Points

The video streams will be consumed by a HD video display, Computer Vision control algorithms and storage.

GStreamer Framework

The architecture is built around the powerful GStreamer libraries and toolset. Which means that we can immediately consume any video source that GStreamer supports.

Likewise, we can produce any video stream output that GStreamer is capable of producing. Which may include:

  • RTP / RTSP with UDP Multicast to support
  • One or more: MPEG-DASH, HLS and/or WebRTC

Video Sources

RedEye currently supports the Raspberry Pi with a CSI Camera, the NVidia Jetson Nano also with the RPi camera. RedEye also supports Linux USB video cameras using the video4linux package. MacOS USB and builtin cameras are also supported.

Videos can also be sourced from files including: mp4, mov, h264 and other formats. They can also be consumed from a URL for example: an HTTP/HTM5 Video or RTSP realtime stream.

Stream Multiplexer

The video from these cameras can be divided into multiple streams with different formats. For example, video from a car camera might be converted into a high res stream and and a low res stream. These two streams might also use different compression and encoding algorithms.

The High Def stream above could be consumed by HD Video Display, while the second low res stream will be consumed by the OpenCV library.

Cloud Storage and Support

One or more of the afore mentioned streams may need to be archived for future replay. In this case the Store module can be used to stash video-clips and images on one of the major Cloud provider storage.

Feeding the Beast

Our main objective with RedEye is all about applying Computer Vision to Real Time Vehicle Control. Real Time Vehicle control has two facets: the first is an HD display for human control, the second is a low def stream for the Computer Vision algorithms.

A demonstration of the RedEye software can be see here:

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Getting quality high speed video in realtime turned out to be much more challenging and complex than I initially expected. If you are interested in any aspect of real time streaming video, especially as it applies to Computer Vision algorithms, drop me a line, I would love to chat and swap ideas!

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