Hello Reshape SSD Python Sample

This sample demonstrates how to do synchronous inference of object detection models using the Shape Inference feature.

Models with only 1 input and output are supported.

The following Python API is used in the application:




Model Operations

openvino.runtime.Model.reshape , openvino.runtime.Model.input , openvino.runtime.Output.get_any_name , openvino.runtime.PartialShape

Managing of model

Basic OpenVINO™ Runtime API is described in Hello Classification Python Sample.



Validated Models


Validated Layout


Model Format

OpenVINO™ toolkit Intermediate Representation (.xml + .bin), ONNX (.onnx)

Supported devices


Other language realization


How It Works

At startup, the sample application reads command-line parameters, prepares input data, loads a specified model and image to OpenVINO Runtime plugin, performs synchronous inference, and processes output data.

As a result, the program creates an output image, logging each step in a standard output stream.

For more information, refer to the explicit description of Integration Steps in the Integrate OpenVINO Runtime with Your Application guide.


Before running the sample, specify a model and an image:

To run the sample, use the following script:

python hello_reshape_ssd.py <path_to_model> <path_to_image> <device_name>


  • By default, samples and demos in OpenVINO Toolkit expect input with BGR order of channels. If you trained your model to work with RGB order, you need to manually rearrange the default order of channels in the sample or demo application, or reconvert your model, using Model Optimizer with --reverse_input_channels argument specified. For more information about the argument, refer to the When to Reverse Input Channels section of Embedding Preprocessing Computation.

  • Before running the sample with a trained model, make sure that the model is converted to the OpenVINO Intermediate Representation format (*.xml + *.bin) by using Model Optimizer.

  • The sample accepts models in the ONNX format (.onnx) that do not require preprocessing.


  1. Install the openvino-dev Python package to use Open Model Zoo Tools:

    python -m pip install openvino-dev[caffe,onnx,tensorflow2,pytorch,mxnet]
  2. Download a pre-trained model:

    omz_downloader --name mobilenet-ssd
  3. If a model is not in the OpenVINO IR or ONNX format, it must be converted. You can do this using the model converter:

    omz_converter --name mobilenet-ssd
  4. Perform inference of the banana.jpg, using the ssdlite_mobilenet_v2 model on a GPU, for example:

    python hello_reshape_ssd.py mobilenet-ssd.xml banana.jpg GPU

Sample Output

The sample application logs each step in a standard output stream and creates an output image, drawing bounding boxes for inference results with an over 50% confidence.

[ INFO ] Creating OpenVINO Runtime Core
[ INFO ] Reading the model: C:/test_data/models/mobilenet-ssd.xml
[ INFO ] Reshaping the model to the height and width of the input image
[ INFO ] Loading the model to the plugin
[ INFO ] Starting inference in synchronous mode
[ INFO ] Found: class_id = 52, confidence = 0.98, coords = (21, 98), (276, 210)
[ INFO ] Image out.bmp was created!
[ INFO ] This sample is an API example, for any performance measurements please use the dedicated benchmark_app tool