Best and most efficient way to do a VideoDataset

I am trying to create a video recognition model and I got aware that the most difficult part i to create an efficient DataLoader and DataSet for different lengths videos.
I made my DataSet like this:

import torch
import torchvision as tv
import cv2
from PIL import Image
import numpy as np

device = torch.device('cuda' if torch.cuda.is_available() else 'cpu')
from pathlib import Path

class VideoLoader(

  def __init__(self, data_path, classes, transforms=None, max_frames=None, frames_ratio=None):
    super(VideoLoader, self).__init__()

    self.data_path = data_path
    self.classes = classes
    self.frames_ratio = frames_ratio

    self.transforms = transforms
    self.max_frames = max_frames
  def read_video(self, path):
    frames = []

    vc = cv2.VideoCapture(path)

    total_frames = int(vc.get(cv2.CAP_PROP_FRAME_COUNT))
    if self.frames_ratio:
      if type(self.frames_ratio) is float:
        frames_to_pick = int(total_frames * self.frames_ratio)
        frames_to_pick = self.frames_ratio
        frames_to_pick = total_frames
    idxs = np.linspace(0, total_frames, frames_to_pick, endpoint=False)

    for i in idxs:
      ok, f =
      if ok:

        f = self.transforms(f) if self.transforms else f
        vc.set(cv2.CAP_PROP_POS_FRAMES, i)
        if self.max_frames and len(frames) == self.max_frames: break
      else: break
    return frames

  def __getitem__(self, index):
    v_path, label = self.data_path[index]
    return torch.stack(self.read_video(v_path)), self.classes[label]

  def __len__(self): return len(self.data_path)

And here the corresponding DataLoader:

def pad_frames(batch):
  labels = []
  sequences = []
  for b, l in batch:

  packed_batch = torch.nn.utils.rnn.pack_sequence(sequences, enforce_sorted=False)

  return packed_batch, torch.tensor(labels)

train_dl =, batch_size=batch_size, shuffle=True, collate_fn=pad_frames)

I was wondering if there was any more efficient way to pad the videos of different lenght as this appears to be the main bottleneck of my data loading. Any ideas?

Soo I’m gonna give you some hints. I’m gonna assume your coding skills are more or less high.
The first one is not to use opencv. It doesn’t really work well.

Suggestions from my side from better to worse:

  • Convert the videos to numpy arrays if you have enough hard disk. Use memory map.
  • If not enough hard disk try using Nvidia Dali. It loads video by using GPU. It’s the the fastest dataloader you can use but it’s not super flexible.
  • If you want to have more flexibility but still quick loading try GitHub - JuanFMontesinos/PyNVIdeoReader: GPU Accelerated video decoder, it’s a video reader I wrapping ffmpeg and with gpu capabilities.
  • If none of the previous fits your expectations, use imageio or a ffmpeg wrapper.

The bottleneck is reading the videos, that’s what you have to optimise.

Thanks for your suggestions, DALI seems to be promising unluckily seems not to support different frame-rates videos. I can try out different approaches.