I'm relative new with Raspberry and I'm trying to stream a video to a PC using OpenCV libraries. I already made connection using the camera documentation but I don't know send the frames using OpenCV.

The code to stream to a network is:

import socket
import time
import picamera

# Connect a client socket to my_server:8000 (change my_server to the
# hostname of your server)
client_socket = socket.socket()
client_socket.connect(('my_server', 8000))

# Make a file-like object out of the connection
connection = client_socket.makefile('wb')
try:
     camera = picamera.PiCamera()
     camera.resolution = (640, 480)
     camera.framerate = 24
     # Start a preview and let the camera warm up for 2 seconds
     camera.start_preview()
     time.sleep(2)
     # Start recording, sending the output to the connection for 60
     # seconds, then stop
     camera.start_recording(connection, format='h264')
     camera.wait_recording(60)
     camera.stop_recording()
 finally:
     connection.close()
     client_socket.close()

And the code to stream to OpenCV object is:

# import the necessary packages
from picamera.array import PiRGBArray
from picamera import PiCamera
import time
import cv2

# initialize the camera and grab a reference to the raw camera capture
camera = PiCamera()
camera.resolution = (640, 480)
camera.framerate = 32
rawCapture = PiRGBArray(camera, size=(640, 480))

# allow the camera to warmup
time.sleep(0.1)

# capture frames from the camera
for frame in camera.capture_continuous(rawCapture, format="bgr",          use_video_port=True):
    # grab the raw NumPy array representing the image, then initialize the timestamp
    # and occupied/unoccupied text
    image = frame.array

    # show the frame
    cv2.imshow("Frame", image)
    key = cv2.waitKey(1) & 0xFF

    # clear the stream in preparation for the next frame
rawCapture.truncate(0)

    # if the `q` key was pressed, break from the loop
    if key == ord("q"):
         break

This code was not made by me, I need to thank Adrian for his tutorial from here.

  • OpenCV is an image processing library so you're not going to use it to send frames over the network. I'd recommend looking at the capturing to a network stream recipe which goes through sending individual frames over a network socket. For more advanced usage, see the Web streaming recipe. – Dave Jones Sep 9 '17 at 22:33

After months of searching the internet, this is what I came up with, I have neatly packaged it into classes, with unit tests and documentation as SmoothStream check it out, it was the only simple and working version of streaming I could find anywhere.

I used this code and wrapped mine around it.

Viewer.py

import cv2
import zmq
import base64
import numpy as np

context = zmq.Context()
footage_socket = context.socket(zmq.SUB)
footage_socket.bind('tcp://*:5555')
footage_socket.setsockopt_string(zmq.SUBSCRIBE, np.unicode(''))

while True:
    try:
        frame = footage_socket.recv_string()
        img = base64.b64decode(frame)
        npimg = np.fromstring(img, dtype=np.uint8)
        source = cv2.imdecode(npimg, 1)
        cv2.imshow("Stream", source)
        cv2.waitKey(1)

    except KeyboardInterrupt:
        cv2.destroyAllWindows()
        break

Streamer.py

import base64
import cv2
import zmq

context = zmq.Context()
footage_socket = context.socket(zmq.PUB)
footage_socket.connect('tcp://localhost:5555')

camera = cv2.VideoCapture(0)  # init the camera

while True:
    try:
        grabbed, frame = camera.read()  # grab the current frame
        frame = cv2.resize(frame, (640, 480))  # resize the frame
        encoded, buffer = cv2.imencode('.jpg', frame)
        jpg_as_text = base64.b64encode(buffer)
        footage_socket.send(jpg_as_text)

    except KeyboardInterrupt:
        camera.release()
        cv2.destroyAllWindows()
        break

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