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Cancel VideoCapture::open RTSP from an other thread [closed]

asked 2019-10-29 05:46:16 -0500

Thierry gravatar image

updated 2019-10-29 09:36:01 -0500

Hi all,

I'm developping a C++ application using Qt (5.12), OpenCv (4.1.0) and GStreamer on Ubuntu 18.04 I instanciate a VideoCapture object in a dedicaced thread, then I try to open a RSTP connection with a deconnected video camera. The timeout of VideoCapture::open("rtspsrc location=rtsp://...) is about 20 seconds. When I close my application, my main thread wait the open failed to close properly the GUI. 20 seconds are too long for a GUI. I think there are 2 solutions to solve my problem, but I don't manage to implement them... any help is appreciated :)

  • Reduce the timeout, but it seems to be implemented in the interface (cv::CAP_GSTREAMER in my case), and need to compile opencv :(
  • Cancel the open() from the main Thread, the best solution. I already tryed to call VideoCapture::release(), or to delete my object (desperate solution I know ^^'), but the open() doesn't exit before its timeout...
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close date 2019-10-29 09:38:25.677878


please avoid multithreading with opencv.

computer-vision programs also might not need a gui (or a human in the loop)

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2019-10-29 05:51:12 -0500 )edit

With a GUI application and lot of treatments, I don't have other solution that threading treatments. My application architecture can handle 2 sources (video camera or files). Each source (VideoCapture) is connected to 3 outputs (GUI / File (VideoWriter) / RTSP server). In the following diagram, the [] represent a thread : [Source] => [Publisher (process copy)] => [Outputs file] / [RTSP server] / [GUI (rendered by the main thread (qml)] This architecture works fine, but I still have my problem to close the VideoCapture during the open() step.

Thierry gravatar imageThierry ( 2019-10-29 09:00:59 -0500 )edit

let's note the absence of any actual computer-vision task

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2019-10-29 09:05:12 -0500 )edit

Well seen @berak, it's the next step of my developpment :). For now, I just need to display/record/forwad a video.

Thierry gravatar imageThierry ( 2019-10-29 09:12:05 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-10-29 09:25:22 -0500

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updated 2019-10-29 09:26:42 -0500

I solved my problem (reducing the timeout).

The open() is blocking with RTSP sources. The parameter "time-out" in rtspsrc allow me to reduce the timeout (to 1s in my case). Here my command :

m_pCapture->open(QString("rtspsrc location=rtsp://%1 latency=0 tcp-timeout=1 ! rtph264depay ! h264parse ! avdec_h264 output-corrupt=false ! videoconvert ! appsink").arg(m_Url).toLatin1().data(), cv::CAP_GSTREAMER);

I hope that will help other people ;)

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