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OpenCV 4 Computer Vision Application Programming Cookbook - Fourth Edition

By : David Millán Escrivá, Robert Laganiere
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OpenCV 4 Computer Vision Application Programming Cookbook - Fourth Edition

By: David Millán Escrivá, Robert Laganiere

Overview of this book

OpenCV is an image and video processing library used for all types of image and video analysis. Throughout the book, you'll work with recipes to implement a variety of tasks. With 70 self-contained tutorials, this book examines common pain points and best practices for computer vision (CV) developers. Each recipe addresses a specific problem and offers a proven, best-practice solution with insights into how it works, so that you can copy the code and configuration files and modify them to suit your needs. This book begins by guiding you through setting up OpenCV, and explaining how to manipulate pixels. You'll understand how you can process images with classes and count pixels with histograms. You'll also learn detecting, describing, and matching interest points. As you advance through the chapters, you'll get to grips with estimating projective relations in images, reconstructing 3D scenes, processing video sequences, and tracking visual motion. In the final chapters, you'll cover deep learning concepts such as face and object detection. By the end of this book, you'll have the skills you need to confidently implement a range of computer vision algorithms to meet the technical requirements of your complex CV projects.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)

Playing with Images

This chapter will teach you the basic elements of OpenCV and will show you how to accomplish the most fundamental image-processing tasks—reading, displaying, and saving images. However, before you can start with OpenCV, you need to install the library. This is a simple process that is explained in the first recipe of this chapter.

All your computer vision applications will involve the processing of images. This is why the most fundamental tool that OpenCV offers you is a data structure to handle images and matrices. It is a powerful data structure, with many useful attributes and methods. It also incorporates an advanced memory management model that greatly facilitates the development of applications. The last two recipes of this chapter will teach you how to use this important OpenCV data structure.

In this chapter, we will get you started with the OpenCV library. You will learn how to perform the following tasks:

  • Installing the OpenCV library
  • Loading, displaying, and saving images
  • Exploring the cv::Mat data structure
  • Defining regions of interest