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FFMPEG video writer – now with animated GIF support [w/ code]

rect3825So animated gifs are awesome if you’re writing a software blog. It saves all this time working with YouTube embeddings and stuff, and your “videos” are stored locally. The simplified FFMPEG writer was before unable to output animated GIFs, but I’ve tweaked it and now it does. It’s also a nice piece of code to learn how to FFMPEG in C.

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Curve tracking with a Heap&Hogg's Particle Filters [w/ code, OpenCV]

Screen Shot 2013-03-15 at 6.18.30 PM I wanna share some code for 2D curve tracking with a particle filter, implementing the body of work of Tony Heap and David Hogg. These guys presented a relatively easy to implement method for tracking deformable curves through space and change in form using a Hierarchical Point Distribution Models (HPDM), which is another elegant way to store shape priors. Granted, it is not perfect, but for a simple 2D shape like a hand it works pretty good, and rather fast as well.
Let’s dive in then,

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Skin Detection with Probability Maps and Elliptical Boundaries [OpenCV, w/code]

maskSharing a bit of code I created for skin detection.

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Shape manipulation with Moving Least Squares for curves [w/ code]

I wanna share some code I’ve been working on lately that implements smooth shape manipulation using Moving Least Squares. More specifically, the excellent simple and powerful method by Schaefer et al. from Texas A&M and Rice universities (great paper). The method was written for image deformation but very straightforward modifications made it work perfectly for 2D shapes and open curves.
Let’s get down to business

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2D curve matching in OpenCV [w/ code]

Just sharing some code and ideas for matching 2D curves. I was working for a while on matching 2D curves to discover shapes in images, but it didn’t work out, what did succeed is this 2D curve matcher that seems to be very robust for certain applications. It’s based on ideas from the Heat Kernel Signature and the CSS Image (that I introduced in my latest post), all around inspecting curves under different level of smoothing.

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Resampling, Smoothing and Interest points of curves (via CSS) in OpenCV [w/ code]

I’m so glad to be back to work on a graphics project (of which you will probably hear later), because it takes me back to reading papers and implementing work by talented people. I want share a little bit of utilities I’ve developed for working with 2D curves in OpenCV.

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How I fell for QGLViewer for my Qt/OpenGL projects [w/ code]

While looking for a very simple way to start up an OpenGL visualizer for quick 3D hacks, I discovered an excellent library called libQGLViewer, and I want to quickly show how easy it is to setup a 3D environment with it. This library provides an easy to access and feature-rich QtWidget you can embed in your UIs or use stand-alone (this may sound like a marketing thing, but they are not paying me anything 🙂
This is based on the library’s own examples at:, and some of the examples that come with the library source itself.
Let’s see how it’s done

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Head Pose Estimation with OpenCV & OpenGL Revisited [w/ code]

So I was contacted earlier by someone asking about the Head Pose Estimation work I put up a while back. And I remembered that I needed to go back to that work and fix some things, so it was a great opportunity.
I ended up making it a bit nicer, and it’s also a good chance for us to review some OpenCV-OpenGL interoperation stuff. Things like getting a projection matrix in OpenCV and translating it to an OpenGL ModelView matrix, are very handy.
Let’s get down to the code.

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Registering point clouds rigidly with scale using PCL [w/code]

Sorry for the bombardment of posts, but I want to share some stuff I’ve been working on lately, so when I find time I just shoot the posts out.
So this time I’ll talk shortly about how to get an estimation of a rigid transformation between two clouds, that potentially are also of different scale. You will end up with a rigid transformation (Rotation Translation) and a scale factor, son in fact it will be a Similarity Transformation. We will first find the right scale, and then find the right transformation, given there is one (but we will find the best transformation there is).

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Structure from Motion and 3D reconstruction on the easy in OpenCV 2.3+ [w/ code]

This time I’ll discuss a basic implementation of a Structure from Motion method, following the steps Hartley and Zisserman show in “The Bible” book: “Multiple View Geometry”. I will show how simply their linear method can be implemented in OpenCV.
I treat this as a kind of tutorial, or a toy example, of how to perform Structure from Motion in OpenCV.
See related posts on using Qt instead of FLTK, triangulation and decomposing the essential matrix.
Update 2017: For a more in-depth tutorial see the new Mastering OpenCV book, chapter 3. Also see a recent post on upgrading to OpenCV3.
Let’s get down to business…