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Deprecated. Azure Video Analyzer Edge client library for JavaScript

Deprecated. We’re retiring the Azure Video Analyzer preview service, you're advised to transition your applications off of Video Analyzer by 01 December 2022. This SDK is not longer maintained.

Azure Video Analyzer is an [Azure Applied AI Service][applied-ai-service] that provides a platform for you to build intelligent video applications that can span both edge and cloud infrastructures. The platform offers the capability to capture, record, and analyze live video along with publishing the results, video and video analytics, to Azure services at the edge or in the cloud. It is designed to be an extensible platform, enabling you to connect different video inferencing edge modules such as Cognitive services modules, or custom inferencing modules that have been trained with your own data using either open-source machine learning or [Azure Machine Learning][machine-learning].

Use the client library for Video Analyzer Edge to:

  • Simplify interactions with the Microsoft Azure IoT SDKs
  • Programmatically construct pipeline topologies and live pipelines

Key links:

Getting started

Install the package

Install the Video Analyzer client library for Typescript with npm:

npm install @azure/video-analyzer-edge


  • TypeScript v3.6.
  • You need an active Azure subscription, and a IoT device connection string to use this package.
  • To interact with Azure IoT Hub you will need to run npm install azure-iothub
  • You will need to use the version of the SDK that corresponds to the version of the Video Analyzer edge module you are using.
SDK Video Analyzer edge module
1.0.0-beta.3 1.1
1.0.0-beta.2 1.0
1.0.0-beta.1 1.0

Creating a pipeline topology and making requests

Please visit the Examples for starter code.

We guarantee that all client instance methods are thread-safe and independent of each other (guideline). This ensures that the recommendation of reusing client instances is always safe, even across threads.

Key concepts

Pipeline topology vs live pipeline

A pipeline topology is a blueprint or template for instantiating live pipelines. It defines the parameters of the pipeline using placeholders as values for them. A live pipeline references a pipeline topology and specifies the parameters. This way you are able to have multiple live pipelines referencing the same topology but with different values for parameters. For more information please visit pipeline topologies and live pipelines.


Creating a pipeline topology

To create a pipeline topology you need to define sources and sinks.

const rtspSource: RtspSource = {
  //Create a source for your pipeline topology
  name: "rtspSource",
  endpoint: {
    url: "${rtspUrl}",
    "@type": "#Microsoft.VideoAnalyzer.UnsecuredEndpoint",
    credentials: {
      username: "${rtspUserName}",
      password: "${rtspPassword}",
      "@type": "#Microsoft.VideoAnalyzer.UsernamePasswordCredentials"
  } as UnsecuredEndpoint,
  "@type": "#Microsoft.VideoAnalyzer.RtspSource"

const nodeInput: NodeInput = {
  //Create an input for your sink
  nodeName: "rtspSource"

const videoSink: VideoSink = {
  name: "videoSink",
  inputs: [nodeInput],
  videoName: "video",
  localMediaCachePath: "/var/lib/videoanalyzer/tmp/",
  localMediaCacheMaximumSizeMiB: "1024",
  "@type": "#Microsoft.VideoAnalyzer.VideoSink"

const pipelineTopology: PipelineTopology = {
  name: "jsTestTopology",
  properties: {
    description: "description for jsTestTopology",
    parameters: [
      { name: "rtspUserName", type: "String", default: "testUsername" },
      { name: "rtspPassword", type: "SecretString", default: "testPassword" },
      { name: "rtspUrl", type: "String" }
    sources: [rtspSource],
    sinks: [videoSink]

Creating a live pipeline

To create a live pipeline instance, you need to have an existing pipeline topology.

const livePipeline: LivePipeline = {
  name: "jsLivePipelineTest",
  properties: {
    description: "description",
    topologyName: pipelineTopologyName,
    parameters: [{ name: "rtspUrl", value: "rtsp://sample.com" }]

Invoking a direct method

To invoke a direct method on your device you need to first define the request using the Video Analyzer Edge SDK, then send that method request using the IoT SDK's CloudToDeviceMethod.

import { createRequest } from "@azure/video-analyzer-edge";
import { Client } from "azure-iothub";

const deviceId = process.env.iothub_deviceid;
const moduleId = process.env.iothub_moduleid;
const connectionString = process.env.iothub_connectionstring;
const iotHubClient = Client.fromConnectionString(connectionString); //Connect to your IoT Hub

const pipelineTopologySetRequest = createRequest("pipelineTopologySet", pipelineTopology);
const setPipelineTopResponse = await iotHubClient.invokeDeviceMethod(deviceId, moduleId, {
  methodName: pipelineTopologySetRequest.methodName,
  payload: pipelineTopologySetRequest.payload


  • When creating a method request remember to check the spelling of the name of the method

Next steps


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