Getting image buffer data from audio file tags.

Tim-Philipp Müller t.i.m at
Tue Dec 18 15:15:36 PST 2012

On Tue, 2012-12-18 at 18:53 +0000, Nox Deleo wrote:


> I'm trying to pull the image tag data from an audio file. I can pull a
> GstSample from the TagList, and a GstBuffer from that, but I don't
> know how to get the data out of that into something I can use in
> Python. I found an example (in the comments)
> here:, but I'm guessing it's for an older version of GStreamer since GstBuffer doesn't seem to have a 'data' attribute in GStreamer 1.0.

Yes, that's currently a bit of a problem, due to some missing bits in
gobject-introspection, which doesn't allow bindings to access byte
arrays in structures (you would get at the data in C by 'mapping' the
buffer and then accessing and mapinfo.size). See

for the whole story.

It looks like we'll have to add a utility function to get the data from
bindings until this is fixed on the g-i/bindings side. Someone remind me
if I forget.

I don't know if there's a clever way to get at the data some other way,
other than what you're trying to do, or serialising it to a strings and
parsing the hex values. (ugh)

> I tried briefly to push the buffer into an appsrc->encoder->filesink
> pipeline, but this segfaulted on me (I haven't read up on using
> appsrc, so that's no surprise, but I'm hoping there's an easier way of
> doing this).

Sounds like you might be running into an annotation/bindings bug we've
just fixed in the 1.0.4 release that's just come out (should hopefully
land in your distro soon). A workaround for that was to not use the
explicit push_sample API on appsrc, but pass the sample with the buffer
using the signal_emit_by_name API (not sure about exact py-gi syntax).


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