Face Recognition Python* Demo

This example demonstrates an approach to create interactive applications for video processing. It shows the basic architecture for building model pipelines supporting model placement on different devices and simultaneous parallel or sequential execution using OpenVINO library in Python. In particular, this demo uses 3 models to build a pipeline able to detect faces on videos, their keypoints (aka “landmarks”), and recognize persons using the provided faces database (the gallery). The following pretrained models can be used:

  • face-detection-retail-0004 and face-detection-adas-0001, to detect faces and predict their bounding boxes;

  • landmarks-regression-retail-0009, to predict face keypoints;

  • face-reidentification-retail-0095, facenet-20180408-102900 or face-recognition-resnet100-arcface-onnx to recognize persons.

How it works

The application is invoked from command line. It reads the specified input video stream frame-by-frame, be it a camera device or a video file, and performs independent analysis of each frame. In order to make predictions the application deploys 3 models on the specified devices using OpenVINO library and runs them in asynchronous manner. An input frame is processed by the face detection model to predict face bounding boxes. Then, face keypoints are predicted by the corresponding model. The final step in frame processing is done by the face recognition model, which uses keypoints found to align the faces and the face gallery to match faces found on a video frame with the ones in the gallery. Then, the processing results are visualized and displayed on the screen or written to the output file.


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

Preparing to Run

For demo input image or video files, refer to the section Media Files Available for Demos in the Open Model Zoo Demos Overview. The list of models supported by the demo is in <omz_dir>/demos/face_recognition_demo/python/models.lst file. This file can be used as a parameter for Model Downloader and Converter to download and, if necessary, convert models to OpenVINO IR format (*.xml + *.bin).

An example of using the Model Downloader:

omz_downloader --list models.lst

An example of using the Model Converter:

omz_converter --list models.lst

Supported Models

  • face-detection-adas-0001

  • face-detection-retail-0004

  • face-recognition-resnet100-arcface-onnx

  • face-reidentification-retail-0095

  • facenet-20180408-102900

  • landmarks-regression-retail-0009


Refer to the tables Intel’s Pre-Trained Models Device Support and Public Pre-Trained Models Device Support for the details on models inference support at different devices.


Running the application with the -h option or without any arguments yields the following message:

usage: face_recognition_demo.py [-h] -i INPUT [--loop] [-o OUTPUT] [-limit OUTPUT_LIMIT] [--output_resolution OUTPUT_RESOLUTION] [--no_show] [--crop_size CROP_SIZE CROP_SIZE] [--match_algo {HUNGARIAN,MIN_DIST}] [-u UTILIZATION_MONITORS]
                                [-fg FG] [--run_detector] [--allow_grow] -m_fd M_FD -m_lm M_LM -m_reid M_REID [--fd_input_size FD_INPUT_SIZE FD_INPUT_SIZE] [-d_fd {CPU,GPU,HETERO}] [-d_lm {CPU,GPU,HETERO}] [-d_reid {CPU,GPU,HETERO}] [-v]
                                [-t_fd [0..1]] [-t_id [0..1]] [-exp_r_fd NUMBER]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit

  -i INPUT, --input INPUT
                        Required. An input to process. The input must be a single image, a folder of images, video file or camera id.
  --loop                Optional. Enable reading the input in a loop.
  -o OUTPUT, --output OUTPUT
                        Optional. Name of the output file(s) to save. Frames of odd width or height can be truncated. See https://github.com/opencv/opencv/pull/24086
  -limit OUTPUT_LIMIT, --output_limit OUTPUT_LIMIT
                        Optional. Number of frames to store in output. If 0 is set, all frames are stored.
  --output_resolution OUTPUT_RESOLUTION
                        Optional. Specify the maximum output window resolution in (width x height) format. Example: 1280x720. Input frame size used by default.
  --no_show             Optional. Don't show output.
  --crop_size CROP_SIZE CROP_SIZE
                        Optional. Crop the input stream to this resolution.
  --match_algo {HUNGARIAN,MIN_DIST}
                        Optional. Algorithm for face matching. Default: HUNGARIAN.
                        Optional. List of monitors to show initially.

Faces database:
  -fg FG                Optional. Path to the face images directory.
  --run_detector        Optional. Use Face Detection model to find faces on the face images, otherwise use full images.
  --allow_grow          Optional. Allow to grow faces gallery and to dump on disk. Available only if --no_show option is off.

  -m_fd M_FD            Required. Path to an .xml file with Face Detection model.
  -m_lm M_LM            Required. Path to an .xml file with Facial Landmarks Detection model.
  -m_reid M_REID        Required. Path to an .xml file with Face Reidentification model.
  --fd_input_size FD_INPUT_SIZE FD_INPUT_SIZE
                        Optional. Specify the input size of detection model for reshaping. Example: 500 700.

Inference options:
  -d_fd {CPU,GPU,HETERO}
                        Optional. Target device for Face Detection model. Default value is CPU.
  -d_lm {CPU,GPU,HETERO}
                        Optional. Target device for Facial Landmarks Detection model. Default value is CPU.
  -d_reid {CPU,GPU,HETERO}
                        Optional. Target device for Face Reidentification model. Default value is CPU.
  -v, --verbose         Optional. Be more verbose.
  -t_fd [0..1]          Optional. Probability threshold for face detections.
  -t_id [0..1]          Optional. Cosine distance threshold between two vectors for face identification.
  -exp_r_fd NUMBER      Optional. Scaling ratio for bboxes passed to face recognition.

Example of a valid command line to run the application:

Linux (sh, bash, …) (assuming OpenVINO installed in /opt/intel/openvino):

# Set up the environment
source /opt/intel/openvino/bin/setupvars.sh

python ./face_recognition_demo.py \
  -i <path_to_video>/input_video.mp4 \
  -m_fd <path_to_model>/face-detection-retail-0004.xml \
  -m_lm <path_to_model>/landmarks-regression-retail-0009.xml \
  -m_reid <path_to_model>/face-reidentification-retail-0095.xml \
  --verbose \
  -fg "/home/face_gallery"

Windows (cmd, powershell) (assuming OpenVINO installed in C:/Intel/openvino):

# Set up the environment
call C:/Intel/openvino/bin/setupvars.bat

python ./face_recognition_demo.py ^
  -i <path_to_video>/input_video.mp4 ^
  -m_fd <path_to_model>/face-detection-retail-0004.xml ^
  -m_lm <path_to_model>/landmarks-regression-retail-0009.xml ^
  -m_reid <path_to_model>/face-reidentification-retail-0095.xml ^
  --verbose ^
  -fg "C:/face_gallery"

> NOTE : If you provide a single image as an input, the demo processes and renders it quickly, then exits. To continuously visualize inference results on the screen, apply the loop option, which enforces processing a single image in a loop.

You can save processed results to a Motion JPEG AVI file or separate JPEG or PNG files using the -o option:

  • To save processed results in an AVI file, specify the name of the output file with avi extension, for example: -o output.avi.

  • To save processed results as images, specify the template name of the output image file with jpg or png extension, for example: -o output_%03d.jpg. The actual file names are constructed from the template at runtime by replacing regular expression %03d with the frame number, resulting in the following: output_000.jpg, output_001.jpg, and so on. To avoid disk space overrun in case of continuous input stream, like camera, you can limit the amount of data stored in the output file(s) with the limit option. The default value is 1000. To change it, you can apply the -limit N option, where N is the number of frames to store.

> NOTE : Windows* systems may not have the Motion JPEG codec installed by default. If this is the case, you can download OpenCV FFMPEG back end using the PowerShell script provided with the OpenVINO install package and located at <INSTALL_DIR>/opencv/ffmpeg-download.ps1. The script should be run with administrative privileges if OpenVINO is installed in a system protected folder (this is a typical case). Alternatively, you can save results as images.

Demo output

The demo uses OpenCV window to display the resulting video frame and detections. The demo reports

  • FPS : average rate of video frame processing (frames per second).

  • Latency : average time required to process one frame (from reading the frame to displaying the results). You can use both of these metrics to measure application-level performance.