Fastvideo SDK vs NVIDIA NPP Library

Author: Fyodor Serzhenko

Why is Fastvideo SDK better than NPP for camera applications?

What is Fastvideo SDK?

Fastvideo SDK is a set of software components which correspond to high quality image processing pipeline for camera applications. It covers all image processing stages starting from raw image acquisition from the camera to JPEG compression with storage to RAM or SSD. All image processing is done completely on GPU, which leads to real-time performance or even multiple times faster for the full pipeline. We can also offer a high-speed imaging SDK for non-camera applications on NVIDIA GPUs: offline raw processing, high performance web, digital cinema, video walls, FFmpeg codecs and filters, 3D, AR/VR, DL/AI, etc.


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Who are Fastvideo SDK customers?

Fastvideo SDK is compatible with Windows/Linux/ARM and is mostly intended for camera manufacturers and system integrators developing end-user solutions containing video cameras as a part of their products.

The other type of Fastvideo SDK customers are developers of new hardware or software solutions in various fields: digital cinema, machine vision and industrial, transcoding, broadcasting, medical imaging, geospatial, 3D, AR/VR, DL, AI, etc.

All the above customers need faster image processing with higher quality and better latency. In most cases CPU-based solutions are unable to meet such requirements, especially for multicamera systems.

Customer pain points

According to our experience and expertise, when developing end-user solutions, customers usually have to deal with the following challenges.

  • Before starting to create a product, customers need to know the image processing performance, quality and latency for the final application.
  • Customers need reliable software which has already been tested and will not glitch when it is least expected.
  • Customers are looking for an answer on how to create a new solution with higher performance and better image quality.
  • Customers need external expertise in image processing, GPU software development and camera applications.
  • Customers have limited (time/human) resources to develop end-user solutions bound by contract conditions.
  • They need a ready-made prototype as a part of the solution to demonstrate a proof of concept to the end user.
  • They want immediate support and answers to their questions regarding the fast image processing software's performance, image quality and other technical details, which can be delivered only by industry experts with many years of experience.

Fastvideo SDK business benefits

Fastvideo SDK as a part of complex solutions allows customers to gain competitive advantages.

  • Customers are able to design solutions which earlier may have seemed to be impossible to develop within required timeframes and budgets.
  • The product helps to decrease the time to market of end-user solutions.
  • At the same time, it increases overall end-user satisfaction with reliable software and prompt support.
  • As a technology solution, Fastvideo SDK improves both image quality and processing performance at the same time.

Fastvideo serves customers as a technology advisor in the field of fast image processing: the team of experts provides end-to-end service to customers. That means that all customer questions regarding Fastvideo SDK, as well as any other technical questions about fast image processing are answered in a timely manner.

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Fastvideo SDK vs NVIDIA NPP comparison

NVIDIA NPP can be described as a general-purpose solution, because the company implemented a huge set of functions intended for applications in various industries, and the NPP solution mainly focuses on various image processing tasks. Moreover, NPP lacks consistency in feature delivery, as some specific image processing modules are not presented in the NPP library. This leads us to the conclusion that NPP is a good solution for basic camera applications only. It is just a set of functions which users can utilize to develop their own pipeline.

Fastvideo SDK, on the other hand, is designed to implement a full 16/32-bit image processing pipeline on GPU for camera applications (machine vision, scientific, digital cinema, etc). Our end-user applications are based on Fastvideo SDK, and we collect customer feedback to improve the SDK’s quality and performance. We are armed with profound knowledge of customer needs and offer an exceptionally reliable and heavily tested solutions.

Fastvideo uses a specific approach in Fastvideo SDK which is based on components (not on functions as in NPP). It is easier to build a pipeline based on components, as the components' input and output are standardized. Every component executes a complete operation, and it can have a complex internal architecture, whereas NPP only uses several functions. It is important to emphasize here that developing an application using built-in Fastvideo SDK is much less complex than creating a solution based on NVIDIA NPP.

The Fastvideo JPEG codec and lots of other SDK features have been heavily tested by our customers for many years with a total performance benchmark of more than million images per second. This is a question of software reliability, and we consider it as one of our most important advantages.

The major part of the Fastvideo SDK components (debayers and codecs) can offer both high performance and image quality at the same time, leaving behind the NPP alternatives. What’s more, this is also true for embedded solutions on Jetson where computing performance is quite limited. For example, NVIDIA NPP only has a bilinear debayer, so it can be regarded as a low-quality solution, best suited only for software prototype development.

Summing up this section, we need to specify the following technological advantages of the Fastvideo SDK over NPP in terms of image processing modules for camera applications:

To summarize, Fastvideo SDK offers an image processing workflow which is standard for digital cinema applications, and could be very useful for other imaging applications as well.

Why should customers consider Fastvideo SDK instead of NVIDIA NPP?

Fastvideo SDK provides better image quality and processing performance for implementing key algorithms for camera applications. The real-time mode is an essential requirement for any camera application, especially for multi-camera systems.

Over the last few years, we've tested NPP intensely and encountered software bugs which weren't fixed. In the meantime, if customers come to us with any bug in Fastvideo SDK, we fix it within a couple of days, because Fastvideo possesses all the source code and the image processing modules are implemented by the Fastvideo development team. Support is our priority: that's why our customers can rely on our SDK.

We offer custom development to meet specific our customers' requirements. Our development team can build GPU-based image processing modules from scratch according to the customer's request, whereas in contrast NVIDIA provides nothing of the kind.

We are focused on high-performance camera applications and we have years of experience, and our solutions have been heavily tested in many projects. For example, our customer has been processing more then 400,000 JPG images per second for years without any issue, which means our software is extremely reliable.

Software downloads to evaluate the Fastvideo SDK

You can test your RAW/DNG/MLV images with Fast CinemaDNG Processor software. To create your own camera application, please download the source codes from GitHub to get a ready solution ASAP.

Useful links for projects with the Fastvideo SDK

1. Software from Fastvideo for GPU-based CinemaDNG processing is 40 times faster than Adobe Camera Raw:

2. Fastvideo SDK offers high-performance processing and real-time encoding of camera streams with very high data rates:

3. GPU-based solutions from Fastvideo for machine vision cameras:

4. How to work with scientific cameras with 16-bit frames at high rates in real-time:

5. How to work with XIMEA machine vision cameras at high performance applications in real-time:

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