Amazon Kinesis Video Streams Parser Library


This library is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.


The Amazon Kinesis Video Streams Parser Library for Java enables Java developers to parse the streams returned by GetMedia calls to Amazon Kinesis Video. It contains:

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StreamingMkvReader which provides an iterative interface to read MkvElements from a stream. A caller calls nextIfAvailable to get the next MkvElement. An MkvElement wrapped in an Optional is returned if a complete element is available. It buffers an individual MkvElement until it can return a complete MkvElement.
The mightHaveNext method returns true if there is a chance that additional MkvElements can be returned. It returns false when the end of the input stream has been reached.


There are three types of MkvElement vended by a MkvStreamReader:


The MkvElementVisitor is a visitor pattern that helps process the events in the MkvElement hierarchy. It has a visit method for each type of MkvElement.


A GetMedia call to Kinesis Video vends a stream of fragments where each fragment is encapsulated in a Mkv stream containing EBML and Segment elements. OutputSegmentMerger can be used to merge consecutive fragments that share the same EBML and Track data into a single Mkv stream with a shared EBML and Segment. This is useful for passing the output of GetMedia to any downstream processor that expects a single Mkv stream with one Segment. Its use can be seen in OutputSegmentMergerTest

FragmentMetadataVisitor is a MkvElementVisitor that collects the Kinesis Video specific meta-data (such as FragmentNumber and Server Side Timestamp ) for the current fragment being processed. The getCurrentFragmentMetadata method can be used to get the current fragment's metadata. Similarly getPreviousFragmentMetadata can be used get the previous fragment's metadata. The getMkvTrackMetadata method can be used to get the details of a particular track.

ElementSizeAndOffsetVisitor is a visitor that writes out the metadata of the Mkv elements in a stream. For each element the name, offset, header size and data size is written out. The output uses indentation to indicate the hierarchy of master elements and their child elements. ElementSizeAndOffsetVisitor is useful for looking into Mkv streams, where mkvinfo fails.

CountVisitor is a visitor that can be used to count the number of Mkv elements of different types in a Mkv stream.

CompositeMkvElementVisitor is a visitor that is made up of a number of constituent visitors. It calls accept on the visited MkvElement for each constituent visitor in the order in which the visitors are specified.

FrameVisitor is a visitor used to process the frames in the output of a GetMedia call. It invokes an implementation of the FrameVisitor.FrameProcessor and provides it with a Frame object and the metadata of the track to which the Frame belongs.

CopyVisitor is a visitor used to copy the raw bytes of the Mkv elements in a stream to an output stream.


The GetMediaResponseStreamConsumer is an abstract class used to consume the output of a GetMedia* call to Kinesis Video in a streaming fashion. It supports a single abstract method called process that is invoked to process the streaming payload of a GetMedia response. The first parameter for process method is the payload inputStream in a GetMediaResult returned by a call to GetMedia. Implementations of the process method of this interface should block until all the data in the inputStream has been processed or the process method decides to stop for some other reason. The second argument is a FragmentMetadataCallback which is invoked at the end of every processed fragment. The GetMediaResponseStreamConsumer provides a utility method processWithFragmentEndCallbacks that can be used by child classes to implement the end of fragment callbacks. The process method can be implemented using a combination of the visitors described earlier.


The MergedOutputPiper extends GetMediaResponseStreamConsumer to merge consecutive mkv streams in the output of GetMedia and pipes the merged stream to the stdin of a child process. It is meant to be used to pipe the output of a GetMedia* call to a processing application that can not deal with having multiple consecutive mkv streams. Gstreamer is one such application that requires a merged stream.



KinesisVideoExample is an example that shows how the StreamingMkvReader and the different visitors can be integrated with the AWS SDK for the Kinesis Video. This example provides examples for


KinesisVideoRendererExample shows parsing and rendering of KVS video stream fragments using JCodec( that were ingested using Producer SDK GStreamer sample application.

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KinesisVideoGStreamerPiperExample is an example for continuously piping the output of GetMedia calls from a Kinesis Video stream to GStreamer. The test KinesisVideoGStreamerPiperExampleTest provides an example that pipes the output of a KVS GetMedia call to a Gstreamer pipeline. The Gstreamer pipeline is a toy example that demonstrates that Gstreamer can parse the mkv passed into it.

KinesisVideo - Rekognition Examples

Kinesis Video - Rekognition examples demonstrate how to combine Rekognition outputs (JSON) with KinesisVideo Streams output (H264 fragments) and render the frames with overlapping bounding boxes.


KinesisVideoRekognitionIntegrationExample decodes H264 frames and renders them with bounding boxes locally using JFrame. To run the sample, run KinesisVideoRekognitionIntegrationExampleTest with appropriate inputs.


KinesisVideoRekognitionLambdaExample decodes H264 frames, overlaps bounding boxes, encodes to H264 frames again and ingests them into a new Kinesis Video streams using Kinesis Video Producer SDK. To run the sample follow the below steps:

Release Notes

Release 1.0.14 (Aug 2019)

Release 1.0.13 (Apr 2019)

Release 1.0.12 (Mar 2019)

Release 1.0.11 (Mar 2019)

Release 1.0.10 (Feb 2019)

Release 1.0.9 (Jan 2019)

Release 1.0.8 (Dec 2018)

Release 1.0.7 (Sep 2018)

Release 1.0.6 (Sep 2018)

Release 1.0.5 (May 2018)

Release 1.0.4 (April 2018)

Release 1.0.3 (Februrary 2018)

Release 1.0.2 (December 2017)

Release 1.0.1 (November 2017)

Release 1.0.0 (November 2017)