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Opencv error: Assertation failed when findContours is used

asked 2017-04-09 12:19:07 -0500

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I'm using visual studio 2015 and openCV 3.2 I have caught this exception:

OpenCV Error: Assertion failed ((_contours.kind() == _InputArray::STD_VECTOR_VECTOR || _contours.kind() == _InputArray::STD_VECTOR_MAT || _contours.kind() == _InputArray::STD_VECTOR_UMAT)) in cv::findContours, file C:\build\master_winpack-build-win64-vc14\opencv\modules\imgproc\src\contours.cpp, line 1902

when I used findConours method.


#include "opencv2/highgui/highgui.hpp"
#include "opencv2/opencv.hpp"

#include <stdlib.h>
#include <stdio.h>

using namespace cv;
using namespace std;

int main(int argc, char* argv[])

    VideoCapture cap(0);
    double dWidth = cap.get(CV_CAP_PROP_FRAME_WIDTH); //get the width of frames of the video
    double dHeight = cap.get(CV_CAP_PROP_FRAME_HEIGHT);

    namedWindow("MyVideo", CV_WINDOW_AUTOSIZE); //create a window called "MyVideo"

    int counter = 0;
    char filename[512];
    while (1)
        Mat frame;

        bool bSuccess =; // read a new frame from video

        if (!bSuccess) //if not success, break loop
            cout << "Cannot read a frame from video stream" << endl;

        Mat im;
        // Convert image to YCrCb
        cvtColor(frame, im, COLOR_RGB2YCrCb);

        //skin tone
        Mat skin;
        inRange(im, Scalar(0,133,77), Scalar(255,173,127),skin);

        Mat contours;

        for (int i = 0; i<contours.rows; i++)
            for (int j = 0; i < contours.cols; j++)
                double area = contourArea(j);
                if (area > 1000)
                    drawContours(frame, contours, i, Scalar(0, 250, 0), 3);

        imshow("MyVideo", frame); //show the frame in "MyVideo" window

        char c = waitKey(33);
        if (c == 27) 
            cout << "esc key is pressed by user" << endl;
    return 0;

How can I solve this?

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answered 2017-04-09 16:17:04 -0500

Each contour is stored as a vector of points (e.g. std::vector<std::vector<cv::Point> >)

the problem in your code is the line below

    Mat contours;

correct it like:

    vector<vector<Point> > contours;
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Thank you, but after I replaced another problem has arisen in the same row: Unhandled exception at 0x00007FFB72FFD5B8 (ucrtbase.dll) in try opencv.exe: An invalid parameter was passed to a function that considers invalid parameters fatal.

kuppy gravatar imagekuppy ( 2017-04-10 16:35:31 -0500 )edit
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