Quickstart: Record Azure Kinect sensor streams to a file

This quickstart provides information about how you can use the Azure Kinect recorder tool to record data streams from the Sensor SDK to a file.

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.


This quickstart assumes:

  • You have the Azure Kinect DK connected to your host PC and powered properly.
  • You have finished setting up the hardware.

Create recording

  1. Open a command prompt, and provide the path to the Azure Kinect recorder, located in the installed tools directory as k4arecorder.exe. For example: C:\Program Files\Azure Kinect SDK\tools\k4arecorder.exe.

  2. Record 5 seconds.

    k4arecorder.exe -l 5 %TEMP%\output.mkv

  3. By default, the recorder uses the NFOV Unbinned depth mode and outputs 1080p RGB at 30 fps including IMU data. For a complete overview of recording options and tips, refer to Azure Kinect recorder.

Play back recording

You can use the Azure Kinect Viewer to play back a recording.

  1. Launch k4aviewer.exe
  2. Unfold the Open Recording tab and open your recording.

Next steps

Now that you've learned how to record sensor streams to a file, it's time to