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imwrite turns image upside down

asked 2018-09-06 14:03:56 -0500

MarceloMota gravatar image

Hello everyone.

I am reading all the frames from a video and saving them in .png picutres.

The imwrite command is saving all the images upside down.. how do I write them in righ orientation? I would try it with windows tool, but it takes more than 15minutes to turn all the 4600 images to the right orientation...

What am I missing? Below follows my code:

" import cv2 import math

def main():

cap = cv2.VideoCapture('finos.mp4')    
i = 1

while (cap.isOpened()):

    ret, frame =

    if (ret != True):

    filename = './test/image' +  str(int(i)) + ".png";i+=1
    cv2.imwrite(filename, frame)
    if cv2.waitKey(1) == 27: # exit on ESC


if __name__ == "__main__": main() "

Thanks in advance :)

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answered 2018-09-06 20:31:40 -0500

maym86 gravatar image

updated 2018-09-06 20:38:43 -0500

Not sure why, I suspect its likely to do with the video you are reading rather than the imwrite function. Does cv.imshow("Frame", frame) show the image upside down?

You can check for the video file property 'Rotation' or 'Composite:Rotation' using some exif-reader tool (e.g. exiftool) and see if it has any value other than 0.

The simplest solution if you are just looking to dump the images is to just use flip before imwrite.

frame = cv2.flip(frame, 1 )
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