Package Summary

Kinesis Video Streams producer node


The Amazon Kinesis Video Streams ROS package enables robots to stream video to the cloud for analytics, playback, and archival use. Out of the box, the nodes provided make it possible to encode & stream image data (e.g. video feeds and LIDAR scans) from a ROS “Image” topic to the cloud, enabling you to view the live video feed through the Kinesis Video Console, consume the stream via other applications, or perform intelligent analysis, face detection and face recognition using Amazon Rekognition.

The node will transmit standard sensor_msgs/Image data from ROS topics to Kinesis Video streams, optionally encoding the images as h264 video frames along the way (using the included h264_video_encoder), and optionally fetches Amazon Rekognition results from corresponding Kinesis Data Streams and publishing them to local ROS topics.

Note: h.264 hardware encoding is supported out of the box for OMX encoders and has been tested to work on the Raspberry Pi 3. In all other cases, software encoding would be used, which is significantly more computing intensive and may affect overall system performance. If you wish to use a custom ffmpeg/libav encoder, you may pass a codec ROS parameter to the encoder node (the name provided must be discoverable by avcodec_find_encoder_by_name. Certain scenarios may require offline caching of video streams which is not yet performed by this node.

Amazon Kinesis Video Streams: Amazon Kinesis Video Streams makes it easy to securely stream video from connected devices to AWS for analytics, machine learning (ML), playback, and other processing. Kinesis Video Streams automatically provisions and elastically scales all the infrastructure needed to ingest streaming video data from millions of devices. It also durably stores, encrypts, and indexes video data in your streams, and allows you to access your data through easy-to-use APIs. Kinesis Video Streams enables you to playback video for live and on-demand viewing, and quickly build applications that take advantage of computer vision and video analytics through integration with Amazon Recognition Video, and libraries for ML frameworks such as Apache MxNet, TensorFlow, and OpenCV.

Amazon Rekognition: The easy-to-use Rekognition API allows you to automatically identify objects, people, text, scenes, and activities, as well as detect any inappropriate content. Developers can quickly build a searchable content library to optimize media workflows, enrich recommendation engines by extracting text in images, or integrate secondary authentication into existing applications to enhance end-user security. With a wide variety of use cases, Amazon Rekognition enables you to easily add the benefits of computer vision to your business.

Keywords: ROS, AWS, Kinesis Video Streams


The source code is released under Apache 2.0.

Supported ROS Distributions

  • Kinetic
  • Lunar
  • Melodic

Wiki: kinesis_video_streamer (last edited 2018-11-28 21:36:33 by RyanNewell)