NTP Timestamp in DeepStream

DeepStream 5.0 supports the setting of NTP timestamps per frame. Calculated NTP timestamp is available in ntp_timestamp field of NvDsFrameMeta. DeepStream calculates NTP timestamps in 2 ways:

  1. Host system time as NTP timestamp - when the frame is received by the NvStreamMux plugin in the DeepStream pipeline.

This method requires you to synchronize host system to NTP clock. To attach host system time as NTP timestamp, you’ll need to set attach-sys-ts to TRUE on nvstreammux. In the DeepStream reference app this can be done by setting attach-sys-ts-as-ntp config parameter to 1 in [streammux] group of the application configuration file.

  1. NTP timestamp when attached at RTSP source - supported only if RTSP sources send RTCP Sender Reports (SR).

To configure the pipeline to attach these timestamps:

  • Set attach-sys-ts to FALSE on nvstreammux. In DeepStream reference app this can be done by setting attach-sys-ts-as-ntp config parameter to 0 in [streammux] group of the application configuration file.

  • After creating an “rtspsrc” element or an “uridecodebin” element, application must call configure_source_for_ntp_sync() function and pass the GstElement pointer to this API. (Refer to create_rtsp_src_bin() in deepstream_source_bin.c file) The API internally configures the pipeline to parse sender report and calculate NTP timestamps for each frame.

  • Make sure RTSP source can send RTCP Sender Reports.

    Verify this by starting streaming from the source on a host and viewing the packets in a tool like wireshark or tshark on the same host to confirm the presence of Sender Reports (SR).

    Example method to check if RTSP source sends RTCP sender reports using a tool like tshark:


    We assume RTSP source has IP address

    1. Install tshark on a host: sudo apt-get install tshark

    2. Find the host network interface that would be receiving the RTP/RTCP packets:

      $ sudo tshark -D

    3. Start the monitoring using tshark tool. Replace the network interface and source IP as applicable: $ sudo tshark -i eno1 -f "src host" -Y "rtcp"

    4. On the same host, start streaming from the RTSP source only after starting the monitoring tool. Any client may be used: $ gst-launch-1.0 rtspsrc location= <RTSP URL e.g. rtsp://> ! fakesink

    5. The output of the tshark monitoring tool should have lines containing “Sender Report Source description”. Sample output as follows: 6041 10.500649319 RTCP 94 Sender Report   Source description