Deepak Sharma Deepak Sharma - 1 month ago 20
iOS Question

App Crashes while getting all the Frames from a video using AVAssetImageGenerator for long videos

I have successfully extracted all the frames from a video and it is working fine for smaller videos but when I try to extract frames from a video more than 60 secs the app crashes on device.

I am extracting 30 frames per second from the video.

Following is the code I have written :-

var videoSec = Float64(0)

func startImageConversion(){
let filePath = NSURL.fileURLWithPath(self.savedVideoURL)
videoSec = self.getVideoTime(filePath)
videoImagesArray = self.getImagesArrayFromVideo(filePath)
print("Images Count \(videoImagesArray.count)")

// MARK: - Video Editor Functions

func getImagesArrayFromVideo(filePath:NSURL) -> NSMutableArray
let imageArray = NSMutableArray()
print("Video Sec is ",videoSec)
let vidSec = Float64(videoSec)

let theOpts = [
AVURLAssetPreferPreciseDurationAndTimingKey : true,
AVURLAssetReferenceRestrictionsKey : 0 // AVAssetReferenceRestrictions.RestrictionForbidNone
let asset = AVURLAsset(URL: filePath, options: theOpts)
let generator = AVAssetImageGenerator(asset: asset)
generator.maximumSize = CGSize(width: Double(self.view.frame.size.width),
height: Double(self.view.frame.size.height))

generator.appliesPreferredTrackTransform = false
generator.requestedTimeToleranceBefore = kCMTimeZero
generator.requestedTimeToleranceAfter = kCMTimeZero
let vid_length:CMTime = asset.duration
let fps = vid_length.timescale
print("Video Lenght :- \(vid_length) FPS is :- \(fps)")

let mainValue = Float64(vid_length.value)

let divide = vidSec*30
let byVal = mainValue/divide

for i in 0.stride(through: Float64(vid_length.value), by: byVal)

var image:CGImage!//UIImage()
let divident = Float64(i)
// let mileSec = Float64(divident / 1000)
// print(Sec)
image = self.generateVideoThumbs(filePath, second: divident,
thumbWidth: Double(self.view.frame.size.width),
generator : generator,
fps : fps

if image != nil {



print("value of Array is ",imageArray.count)

return imageArray


private func getVideoTime(url: NSURL) -> Float64
let videoTime = AVURLAsset(URL: url, options: nil)
print("videoTime.preferredRate = \(videoTime.preferredRate)")
return CMTimeGetSeconds(videoTime.duration)

private func generateVideoThumbs(url: NSURL, second: Float64, thumbWidth: Double, generator:AVAssetImageGenerator, fps: CMTimeScale) -> CGImage! {
let thumbTime = CMTimeMake(Int64(second), fps)
var actualTime : CMTime = CMTimeMake(0, 0)
print("thumbTime - \(thumbTime)")
do {
let ref = try generator.copyCGImageAtTime(thumbTime, actualTime: &actualTime)
print("actualTime - \(actualTime)")
return ref//UIImage(CGImage: ref)
}catch {
return nil

Everything works fine if the video is less than 60 secs or so.
Also it works fine on simulator but disconnects the device without any warning or error.

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Any Help will appreciated, Thanks

if image != nil {
var newImage:UIImage = UIImage(CGImage: cgImage)

As in the above answer dive mentioned its the problem with memory. Just use this code. I have tested it and it worked fine.