Hello NV12 Input Classification C Sample

This sample demonstrates how to execute an inference of image classification networks like AlexNet with images in NV12 color format using Synchronous Inference Request API.

Hello NV12 Input Classification C Sample demonstrates how to use the NV12 automatic input pre-processing API of the Inference Engine in your applications:

Feature API Description
Blob Operations ie_blob_make_memory_nv12 Create a NV12 blob
Input in N12 color format ie_network_set_color_format Change the color format of the input data

Basic Inference Engine API is covered by Hello Classification C sample.

Options Values
Validated Models alexnet
Model Format Inference Engine Intermediate Representation (*.xml + *.bin), ONNX (*.onnx)
Validated images An uncompressed image in the NV12 color format - *.yuv
Supported devices All
Other language realization C++

How It Works

Upon the start-up, the sample application reads command-line parameters, loads specified network and an image in the NV12 color format to an Inference Engine plugin. Then, the sample creates an synchronous inference request object. When inference is done, the application outputs data to the standard output stream.

You can see the explicit description of each sample step at Integration Steps section of "Integrate the Inference Engine with Your Application" guide.


To build the sample, please use instructions available at Build the Sample Applications section in Inference Engine Samples guide.


To run the sample, you need specify a model and image:

The sample accepts an uncompressed image in the NV12 color format. To run the sample, you need to convert your BGR/RGB image to NV12. To do this, you can use one of the widely available tools such as FFmpeg* or GStreamer*. The following command shows how to convert an ordinary image into an uncompressed NV12 image using FFmpeg:

ffmpeg -i cat.jpg -pix_fmt nv12 cat.yuv


  • Because the sample reads raw image files, you should provide a correct image size along with the image path. The sample expects the logical size of the image, not the buffer size. For example, for 640x480 BGR/RGB image the corresponding NV12 logical image size is also 640x480, whereas the buffer size is 640x720.
  • By default, this sample expects that network input has BGR channels order. If you trained your model to work with RGB order, you need to reconvert your model using the Model Optimizer tool with --reverse_input_channels argument specified. For more information about the argument, refer to When to Reverse Input Channels section of Converting a Model Using General Conversion Parameters.
  • Before running the sample with a trained model, make sure the model is converted to the Inference Engine format (*.xml + *.bin) using the Model Optimizer tool.
  • The sample accepts models in ONNX format (.onnx) that do not require preprocessing.


  1. Download a pre-trained model using Model Downloader:
    python <path_to_omz_tools>/downloader.py --name alexnet
  2. If a model is not in the Inference Engine IR or ONNX format, it must be converted. You can do this using the model converter script:
python <path_to_omz_tools>/converter.py --name alexnet
  1. Perform inference of NV12 image using alexnet model on a CPU, for example:
<path_to_sample>/hello_nv12_input_classification_c <path_to_model>/alexnet.xml <path_to_image>/cat.yuv 300x300 CPU

Sample Output

The application outputs top-10 inference results.

Top 10 results:
Image ./cat.yuv
classid probability
------- -----------
435 0.091733
876 0.081725
999 0.069305
587 0.043726
666 0.038957
419 0.032892
285 0.030309
700 0.029941
696 0.021628
855 0.020339
This sample is an API example, for any performance measurements please use the dedicated benchmark_app tool

See Also