How to Track and Localize Persons in Video with Python?

How to Track and Localize Persons in Video with Python?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Person Tracking API in 5 minutes using Python. Eden AI provides an easy and developer-friendly API that allows you to track persons in videos.

What is Video Person Tracking API ?

Video Person Tracking API is a tool that allows users to easily track people in videos by analyzing each frame, detecting people and keeping track of their movements throughout the video. The technology starts by identifying individuals in a video through person detection, then it continues by tracking them over time through their unique features such as facial features, clothing, or posture.

Person Tracking API result with Eden AI

Person Tracking API can be utilized as a standalone tool, or it can be integrated with face detection to achieve more precise results. This API can be used to analyze scenarios that are highly complex like crowded scenes with many people, or high-traffic areas like airports, train stations, and metro stations.

Getting Started with Video Person Tracking API using Python

The first step is to install Python's requests package, that will allow you to call Eden AI API.

Next, you'll need to install Python's JSON package in order to read and print the result of the API request.

How to use Video Person Tracking API with Python

You are now ready to process your video file into Eden AI Person Tracking API. You can access the list of languages supported in our documentation here.

1. Get a Person Tracking API Key on Eden AI

To perform Person Tracking, you just need to create an account on Eden AI for free. Then, you will be able to get your API key directly from the homepage with free credits offered by Eden AI.

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2. Let’s Track Persons in your Video File

Now that you have imported packages on Python and got your API key, you will be able to track persons in videos. With Eden AI, you can choose from a wide range of engines you want for Person Tracking. You can access Person Tracking providers available on Eden AI in our documentation.

Here is the Python script you need to write on your notebook:

For example, we called two different Person Tracking engines. Eden AI API will then return in its JSON response results of those providers.

Eden AI Person Tracking API is an asynchronous API. It means that you will get back an ID:

Then you will need to perform a GET request to check the status of the API request (success, processing, failed):

You will first get this response:

Once the request is done (status : finished), you will be able to get the result with this print:

Here is an example of a result for Person Tracking task:

Benefits of using Video Person Tracking API with Eden AI

As you can see, using Video Person Tracking with Eden AI API is quick and easy:

Multiple AI engines in one API

Save time and cost

We offer a unified API for all providers: simple and standard to use, with a quick switch between providers and an access to the specific features of each provider

Easy to integrate

The JSON output format is the same for all suppliers thanks to Eden AI's standardisation work. The response elements are also standardised thanks to Eden AI's powerful matching algorithms.


With Eden AI you have the possibility to integrate a third-party platform: we can quickly develop connectors. To go further and customize your Video Person Tracking request with specific parameters, check out our documentation.

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