Improving performance of Gstreamer pipeline

kaladin pausanchez1998 at
Fri Jun 26 11:21:29 UTC 2020


I'm developing a program based on Gstreamer and webrtc and I've finally got
something that works, my issue now is improving it's performance.

The program is divided in two parts, the first one gets the stream from a
camera through rtsp-h264, this stream is processed through opencv (we
implemented this manually copying the buffer to avoid appsrc/apsink
bottlenecks when working with opencv) and then streams this video through

The second part of the program is a websocket server that using webrtcbin
grabs that udp stream and sends it to several clients. This was implemented
using centicular's webrtc examples and libboost/beast for the websocket

Right now, the first element can run a 1080p video at 30 stable fps
perfectly fine, but when connecting the second element and trying to stream
to clients it starts lagging and losing a lot of fps. The best stable
performance we've archieved is a 720p video which remains stable at +20 fps
for up to 3 clients.

We'd like to archieve those 3 stable browser clients at least in 1080p but
we've run out of ideas to improve the code. If any of you have an advice for
us that would be great! (both in stuff to improve and tools that might help
us find the bottlenecks and fix them)

All of this was done in an Nvidia Jetson TX2 with Jetpack 4.4, Opencv 4.1,
CUDA 10.2 and Gstreamer 1.16.2

I can't share the whole code but here's the main parts of it:

This is part of the code that captures the rtsp stream, processes it (there
isn't much processing in this segment but it would be there) and streams it
through udp.

This is the full code for the websocket protocol implementation and the
webrtc stuff for sending to clients the udp stream.

Both of them are in the code above but the pipelines used are the following:  

/"rtspsrc location=rtsp:// ! queue ! rtph264depay !
video/x-h264, stream-format=byte-stream ! h264parse ! nvv4l2decoder !
nvvidconv name=myconv !  video/x-raw(memory:NVMM), format=RGBA ! nvvidconv !
video/x-raw(memory:NVMM), format=NV12 !  nvv4l2vp8enc ! video/x-vp8 !
rtpvp8pay ! udpsink host= port=5000 sync=false 
"udpsrc multicast-group= auto-multicast=true port=5000 ! queue !
framerate=20/1 ! webrtcbin name=sendrecv";/

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