Azure Video Analyzer Edge client library for Python

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 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.

Use the client library for Video Analyzer Edge to:

  • Simplify interactions with the Microsoft Azure IoT SDKs

  • Programmatically construct pipeline topologies and live pipelines

Package (PyPI) | Product documentation | Direct methods | Pipelines | Source code | Samples

Getting started

Install the package

Install the Video Analyzer Edge client library for Python with pip:

pip install azure-media-videoanalyzer-edge


  • Python 2.7, or 3.6 or later is required to use this package.

  • 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 pip install azure-iot-hub

  • 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 |

    |---|—| | 1.0.0b3 | 1.1 | | 1.0.0b2 | 1.0 | | 1.0.0b1 | 1.0 |

Creating a pipeline topology and making requests

Please visit the Examples for starter code.

Key concepts

Pipeline topology vs live pipeline

A pipeline topology is a blueprint or template for creating 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.


The CloudToDeviceMethod is part of the azure-iot-hub SDk. This method allows you to communicate one way notifications to a device in your IoT hub. In our case, we want to communicate various direct methods such as PipelineTopologySetRequest and PipelineTopologyGetRequest. To use CloudToDeviceMethod you need to pass in two parameters: method_name and payload.

The first parameter, method_name, is the name of the direct method request you are sending. Make sure to use each method’s predefined method_name property. For example, PipelineTopologySetRequest.method_name.

The second parameter, payload, sends the entire serialization of the pipeline topology request. For example, PipelineTopologySetRequest.serialize()


Creating a pipeline topology

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

user_name_param = ParameterDeclaration(name="rtspUserName",type="String",default="testusername")
password_param = ParameterDeclaration(name="rtspPassword",type="SecretString",default="testpassword")
url_param = ParameterDeclaration(name="rtspUrl",type="String",default="rtsp://")

#Source and Sink
source = RtspSource(name="rtspSource", endpoint=UnsecuredEndpoint(url="${rtspUrl}",credentials=UsernamePasswordCredentials(username="${rtspUserName}",password="${rtspPassword}")))
node = NodeInput(node_name="rtspSource")
sink = VideoSink(name="videoSink", inputs=[node], video_name="video", local_media_cache_path="/var/lib/videoanalyzer/tmp/", local_media_cache_maximum_size_mi_b="1024");

pipeline_topology_properties = PipelineTopologyProperties()
pipeline_topology_properties.parameters = [user_name_param, password_param, url_param]
pipeline_topology_properties.sources = [source]
pipeline_topology_properties.sinks = [sink]
pipeline_topology = PipelineTopology(name=pipeline_topology_name,properties=pipeline_topology_properties)

Creating a live pipeline

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

url_param = ParameterDefinition(name="rtspUrl", value=pipeline_url)
pass_param = ParameterDefinition(name="rtspPassword", value="secret_password")
live_pipeline_properties = LivePipelineProperties(description="Sample pipeline description", topology_name=pipeline_topology_name, parameters=[url_param])

live_pipeline = LivePipeline(name=live_pipeline_name, properties=live_pipeline_properties)

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.

set_method_request = PipelineTopologySetRequest(pipeline_topology=pipeline_topology)
direct_method = CloudToDeviceMethod(method_name=set_method_request.method_name, payload=set_method_request.serialize())
registry_manager = IoTHubRegistryManager(connection_string)

registry_manager.invoke_device_module_method(device_id, module_d, direct_method)

To try different pipeline topologies with the SDK, please see the official Samples.


  • When sending a method request using the IoT Hub’s CloudToDeviceMethod remember to not type in the method request name directly. Instead use [MethodRequestName.method_name]

  • Make sure to serialize the entire method request before passing it to CloudToDeviceMethod


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