Need to clear up some confusion on buildOpticalFlowPyramid

asked 2017-11-30 10:05:00 -0500

JDBones gravatar image

I'm using OpenCV 3.3.1. I want to do a semi-dense optical flow operation using cv::calcOpticalFlowPyrLK, but I've been getting some really noticeable slowdown whenever my ROI is pretty big (Partly due to the fact that I am letting the user decide what the winSize should be, ranging from from 10 to 100). Anyways, it seems like cv::buildOpticalFlowPyramid can mitigate the slowdown by building image pyramids? I'm sorta familiar what image pyramids are, but in context of the function, I'm especially confused about what parameters I pass in, and how it impacts my function call to cv::calcOpticalFlowPyrLK. With that in mind, I now have these set of questions:

  • The output is, according to the documentation, is an OutputArrayOfArrays, which I take it can be a vector of cv::Mat objects. If so, what do I pass in to cv::calcOpticalFlowPyrLK for prevImg and nextImg (assuming that I need to make image pyramids for both)?
  • According to the docs for cv::buildOpticalFlowPyramid, you need to pass in a winSize parameter in order to calculate required padding for pyramid levels. If so, do you pass in the same winSize value when you eventually call cv::calcOpticalFlowPyrLK?
  • What exactly are the arguments for pyrBorder and derivBorder doing?
  • Lastly, and apologies if it sounds newbish, but what is the purpose of this function? I always assumed that cv::calcOpticalFlowPyrLK internally builds the image pyramids. Is it just to speed up the optical flow operation?

I hope my questions were clear, I'm still very new to OpenCV, and computer vision, but this topic is very interesting.

Thank you all for your time.

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