Saving Camera Stream to Multiple Files Using Gstreamer Without Frameloss


I have a e-CAM131_CUTX2 13MP MIPI camera attached to my TX1 board, and I want to save the video stream into discrete files, of 5 min each, then later reassemble the video recordings together again, without ANY frameloss, and also preferably while recording form an USB microphone.

I have earlier worked with FFMPEG, however I’d like to use Gstreamer for this project.

As I wanna use the Jetson board’s encoding capabilities, I’m using nvvidcon and omxh265enc to encode the video stream. The pipeline I have the best luck with is as follows;

gst-launch-1.0 -e
v4l2src device=$VIDEO_DEV
! queue max-size-buffers=0 max-size-time=0 max-size-bytes=0
! “video/x-raw, format=(string)UYVY, framerate=30/1, width=(int)3840, height=(int)2160”
! nvvidconv
! “video/x-raw(memory:NVMM), format=(string)I420, width=(int)3840, height=(int)2160, framerate=30/1”
! omxh265enc
! mux.
alsasrc device=$AUDIO_DEV
! queue max-size-buffers=0 max-size-time=0 max-size-bytes=0
! audioconvert
! voaacenc
! mux.
matroskamux name=mux
! multifilesink next-file=max-duration max-file-duration=300000000000 location=$FILENAME-%05d.mkv

However with this, I loose at least a couple of frames between files. I have tried removing different elements, like the audio part, however this changes nothing with the frameloss, I don’t think it’s a matter of CPU resources, as it only uses about 20% of the total CPU.

I thought I would try to set the number of Iframes encoded to a higher number, but when I use omxh265enc’s iframeinterval setting, it just keeps on sending Iframes every 60 frames.

Any help or input would be appreciated, thanks.

Hi SKThomassen,
Configuring iframeinterval shall work fine on r28.1.

do you run on r28.1?


No, I’m running R24.2.

How can I easily upgrade to R28.1? Or will I have to completely re-flash the board?

You may flash r28.1 via Jetpack3.1.

On r24.2.1, you can try to build the prebuilt lib:


I can’t get the second method to work, as I don’t have “egl” software installed.

so I will try to re-flash with r.28.1.

You may try splitmuxsink

Not sure but multifilesink may not split at key frames.


So, I have flashed the TX1 board sucessfully to R28.1, and the omxh265enc element can now set the key-frame interval without problems. But this didn’t solve my issue with frameloss between split-files.

I then as sugested moved on to trying with splitmuxsink. This seems to works if I use omxh264enc, without any frameloss between generated files, but I can’t get splitmuxsink to work together with h265.

What I do is something like:
omxh265enc ! matroskamux ! splitmuxsink location=$FILENAME-%05d.mkv max-size-time=300000000000 muxer=matroskamux

But this gives me errors like “could not link matroskamux to splitmuxsink”, and I can’t seem to find what I need to sink these elements together.

You should set ‘muxer’ property. Not all muxer elements support video/x-h265

Have you been able to split with qtmux?

Example that works:

gst-launch-1.0 -e v4l2src num-buffers=500 ! video/x-raw,width=320,height=240 ! videoconvert ! queue ! timeoverlay ! x264enc key-int-max=10 ! h264parse ! splitmuxsink max-size-time=10000000000 max-size-bytes=1000000

example that doesn’t [ just runs one file write]:

gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device=/dev/video5 num-buffers=1800 ! video/x-h264,width=1920,height=1080,framerate=25/1 !    h264parse ! splitmuxsink max-size-time=10000000000 max-size-bytes=1000000

if I add qtmux to the line above it will throw exceptions.
However, I shall address the issue to gstreamer dev group.