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Learning OpenCV 4 Computer Vision with Python 3 - Third Edition

By : Joseph Howse, Joe Minichino
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Learning OpenCV 4 Computer Vision with Python 3 - Third Edition

By: Joseph Howse, Joe Minichino

Overview of this book

Computer vision is a rapidly evolving science, encompassing diverse applications and techniques. This book will not only help those who are getting started with computer vision but also experts in the domain. You’ll be able to put theory into practice by building apps with OpenCV 4 and Python 3. You’ll start by understanding OpenCV 4 and how to set it up with Python 3 on various platforms. Next, you’ll learn how to perform basic operations such as reading, writing, manipulating, and displaying still images, videos, and camera feeds. From taking you through image processing, video analysis, and depth estimation and segmentation, to helping you gain practice by building a GUI app, this book ensures you’ll have opportunities for hands-on activities. Next, you’ll tackle two popular challenges: face detection and face recognition. You’ll also learn about object classification and machine learning concepts, which will enable you to create and use object detectors and classifiers, and even track objects in movies or video camera feed. Later, you’ll develop your skills in 3D tracking and augmented reality. Finally, you’ll cover ANNs and DNNs, learning how to develop apps for recognizing handwritten digits and classifying a person's gender and age. By the end of this book, you’ll have the skills you need to execute real-world computer vision projects.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Choosing and using the right setup tools

We are free to choose various setup tools, depending on our operating system and how much configuration we want to do.

Regardless of the choice of operating system, Python offers some built-in tools that are useful for setting up a development environment. These tools include a package manager called pip and a virtual environment manager called venv. Some of this chapter's instructions will cover pip specifically, but if you would like to learn about venv, please refer to the official Python documentation at https://docs.python.org/3/library/venv.html.

You should consider using venv if you plan to maintain a variety of Python projects that might have conflicting dependencies for example, projects that depend on different versions of OpenCV. Each of venv's virtual environments has its own set of installed libraries, and...