Help avoid a bit of python

I’m using the Picamera library to grab an image from a Pi Camera on a Raspberry Pi. The main Python code in question is (found here):

import io
import time
import picamera
from PIL import Image

# Create the in-memory stream
stream = io.BytesIO()
with picamera.PiCamera() as camera:
    camera.capture(stream, format='jpeg')
# "Rewind" the stream to the beginning so we can read its content
image =

I’ve come along this far:

# import everything
picamera = pyimport("picamera")
io =  pyimport("io")
numpy =  pyimport("numpy")
pilimage = pyimport("PIL.Image")

# some constants
framerate = 30
w = 268
h = 268

# init and set the camera
camera = picamera.PiCamera()
camera.resolution = (W, H)
camera.framerate = framerate

# my implementation
stream = io.BytesIO()
camera.capture(stream, resize=(w, h), format="jpeg", use_video_port=true)
img = numpy.array(
collect(colorview(RGB, normedview(PermutedDimsArray(img, (3, 2, 1)))))

While I can’t get away from using the picamera library in Python (because I need to save a high quality video at the same time as I want to extract low res images from the stream), I suspect there is a way to avoid using Python’s io, numpy, and PIL

I can’t quite test this without a camera, but what about something like:

using FileIO: load
using ImageMagick


stream = io.BytesIO()
camera.capture(stream, resize=(w, h), format="jpeg", use_video_port=true)
buffer = IOBuffer(codeunits(
img = load(buffer)

Basically the idea is that we can already load jpeg-formatted images from byte streams (using ImageMagick under the hood), so there’s no need to do that loading in NumPy+PIL.

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Sounds promising, right now I’m getting this error message:

julia> img = load(buffer)
Error encountered while loading nothing.

Fatal error:
ERROR: MethodError: no method matching fd(::Base.GenericIOBuffer{Base.CodeUnits{UInt8,String}})
Closest candidates are:
  fd(::Base.Filesystem.File) at filesystem.jl:245
  fd(::IOStream) at iostream.jl:42
 [1] handle_error(::MethodError, ::Stream{DataFormat{:JPEG},Base.GenericIOBuffer{Base.CodeUnits{UInt8,String}}}) at /home/pi/.julia/packages/FileIO/TyKdX/src/error_handling.jl:82
 [2] handle_exceptions(::Array{Any,1}, ::String) at /home/pi/.julia/packages/FileIO/TyKdX/src/error_handling.jl:77
 [3] #load#30(::Base.Iterators.Pairs{Union{},Union{},Tuple{},NamedTuple{(),Tuple{}}}, ::typeof(load), ::Formatted) at /home/pi/.julia/packages/FileIO/TyKdX/src/loadsave.jl:210
 [4] #load#16 at /home/pi/.julia/packages/FileIO/TyKdX/src/loadsave.jl:187 [inlined]
 [5] load(::Base.GenericIOBuffer{Base.CodeUnits{UInt8,String}}) at /home/pi/.julia/packages/FileIO/TyKdX/src/loadsave.jl:136
 [6] top-level scope at REPL[22]:1

Ah, ok. I think the basic process is right, but using codeunits( is wrong. The general idea is that you need to get the raw bytes from the BytesIO as a Vector{UInt8} and then you should be able to construct an IOBuffer from that vector and then load it.

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should instead be

buffer = IOBuffer(

and then it works perfectly, thank you!