The Sync node is used for synchronizing multiple input streams based on their timestamps. It outputs a grouped message containing synchronized frames from the input streams. The output message is a MessageGroup containing synchronized messages from all the input streams. These can be demultiplexed using the MessageDemux node.

How to Place it

pipeline = dai.Pipeline()
sync = pipeline.create(dai.node.Sync)
dai::Pipeline pipeline;
auto sync = pipeline.create<dai::node::Sync>();

Inputs and Outputs

input1         │                   │
──────────────►│                   │
input2         │                   │        out
──────────────►│      Sync         ├───────────►
               │                   │
...            │                   │
──────────────►│                   │

Message types

Message Synchronization

The Sync node aligns incoming messages based on their timestamps. The synchronization criteria and behavior can be configured using the depthai.node.Sync.setSyncThreshold and depthai.node.Sync.setSyncAttempts method. More info in the API Reference.

                            │  Get all messages    │
                            │  connected to the    │
                            │     Sync node        │
                            │ Check if messages    │
                            │ are synced (min and  │
                            │ max timestamp diff   │<----------------+
                            │ < threshold)         │                 |
                            └──────────────────────┘                 |
                                        |                            |
┌────────────────────┐                  |                  ┌──────────────────────┐
│    Combine into    │     if synced    |   if not synced  │  Get message with    │
│    MessageGroup    │<-----------------+----------------->│ the oldest timestamp │
└────────────────────┘                                     └──────────────────────┘
  │      Out      │


pipeline = dai.Pipeline()
sync = pipeline.create(dai.node.Sync)

# Configure threshold for timestamp alignment

# Configure inputs to be synchronized["input1"])["input2"])
# ...
dai::Pipeline pipeline;
auto sync = pipeline.create<dai::node::Sync>();

// Configure threshold for timestamp alignment

// Configure inputs to be synchronized>input["input1"]);>input["input2"]);

// ...


class depthai.node.Sync
class Id

Node identificator. Unique for every node on a single Pipeline

getAssetManager(*args, **kwargs)

Overloaded function.

  1. getAssetManager(self: depthai.Node) -> depthai.AssetManager

  2. getAssetManager(self: depthai.Node) -> depthai.AssetManager

getInputRefs(*args, **kwargs)

Overloaded function.

  1. getInputRefs(self: depthai.Node) -> List[depthai.Node.Input]

  2. getInputRefs(self: depthai.Node) -> List[depthai.Node.Input]

getInputs(self: depthai.Node) → List[depthai.Node.Input]
getName(self: depthai.Node)str
getOutputRefs(*args, **kwargs)

Overloaded function.

  1. getOutputRefs(self: depthai.Node) -> List[depthai.Node.Output]

  2. getOutputRefs(self: depthai.Node) -> List[depthai.Node.Output]

getOutputs(self: depthai.Node) → List[depthai.Node.Output]
getParentPipeline(*args, **kwargs)

Overloaded function.

  1. getParentPipeline(self: depthai.Node) -> depthai.Pipeline

  2. getParentPipeline(self: depthai.Node) -> depthai.Pipeline

getSyncAttempts(self: depthai.node.Sync)int
getSyncThreshold(self: depthai.node.Sync)datetime.timedelta
setSyncAttempts(self: depthai.node.Sync, maxDataSize: int)None
setSyncThreshold(self: depthai.node.Sync, syncThreshold: datetime.timedelta)None
class dai::node::Sync : public dai::NodeCRTP<Node, Sync, SyncProperties>

Public Functions

Sync(const std::shared_ptr<PipelineImpl> &par, int64_t nodeId)
Sync(const std::shared_ptr<PipelineImpl> &par, int64_t nodeId, std::unique_ptr<Properties> props)
void setSyncThreshold(std::chrono::nanoseconds syncThreshold)

Set the maximal interval between messages in the group

  • syncThreshold: Maximal interval between messages in the group

void setSyncAttempts(int syncAttempts)

Set the number of attempts to get the specified max interval between messages in the group

  • syncAttempts: Number of attempts to get the specified max interval between messages in the group:

    • if syncAttempts = 0 then the node sends a message as soon at the group is filled

    • if syncAttempts > 0 then the node will make syncAttemts attempts to synchronize before sending out a message

    • if syncAttempts = -1 (default) then the node will only send a message if successfully synchronized

std::chrono::nanoseconds getSyncThreshold() const

Gets the maximal interval between messages in the group in milliseconds

int getSyncAttempts() const

Gets the number of sync attempts

Public Members

InputMap inputs

A map of inputs

Output out = {*this, "out", Output::Type::MSender, {{DatatypeEnum::MessageGroup, false}}}

Output message of type MessageGroup

Public Static Attributes

static constexpr const char *NAME = "Sync"

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