how to improve my code for calcOpticalFlowPyrLK ?

asked 2016-03-06 08:30:57 -0500

Amr gravatar image

hi im developing code for a moving camera that captures images and computes optical flow every time the camera moves a certain distance.

the second frame in the current time instant becomes the first frame of the next time instant and the loop continues ( two frames needed for flow computation).

part of the code I am using is shown below:

        Image rawImage;//instantiate image 
        error = cam.StartCapture();//capture image and return error if any.
        // Retrieve an image
        error = cam.RetrieveBuffer( &rawImage );//save  image and return error if any
        // Create a converted image
        Image convertedImage;//instantiate class for converted image

        error = rawImage.Convert( PIXEL_FORMAT_RGB, &convertedImage );//convert to RGB
                    unsigned int rowBytes =(double)convertedImage.GetReceivedDataSize()/(double)convertedImage.GetRows();
                    Mat fr2 = Mat(convertedImage.GetRows(), convertedImage.GetCols(), CV_8UC3, convertedImage.GetData(),rowBytes);//frame 2 as RGB MAt.

        cvtColor(fr2, mono_fr2, CV_RGB2GRAY);//convert to gray
        equalizeHist( mono_fr2, mono_fr2 );//histogram

                    //do optical flow

        Mat stat;
        Mat erre;


         vector<Point2f> im2;
        for(int i=0;i<corn.size();i++)
            circle(mono_fr2,corn[i],3,Scalar(200,200,100),2,3,0); line(mono_fr2, Point(corn[i].x, corn[i].y), Point(corn2[i].x,corn2[i].y),Scalar(0,00,0),1,8,0);


        //remove non matching features
        vector<Point2f> cornc;vector<Point2f> corn2c;
        for(int i=0;i<corn.size();i++)
            int fc=(int)<uchar>(i);
                corn2c.push_back(corn2[i]-(corn[i]+flow[i])+corn[i]);//rotation compensation using predicted flow

        corn=cornc; corn2=corn2c; 

        //copy latest frame to previous


            goodFeaturesToTrack(mono_fr1,corn,180,0.05,20);//get features from image


as you can see im using the goodFeaturesToTrack(mono_fr1,corn,180,0.05,20); function and I tried different parameters to improve the result but my tracking algorithm performs poorly due to either bad corners (weak corners hard to track) or corners biased to one side of the image. I need corners to be distributed evenly on left and right parts of the image.

frame 15 frame 16 frame 17

three frames are shown with optical flow vectors shown as lines originating from circles representing original pixel location. the motion between those frames are the same yet optical flow is not similar and its use in tracking algorithm yields poor results. Further, some points are chosen as corners and apparently they don't look like corners.

Any ideas how to modify my code or the parameters given to goodFeaturesToTrack to improve features.

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what are you trying to achieve ? get the camera's motion ?

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2016-03-06 08:39:53 -0500 )edit

@berak it is not important as internal sensor can provide it although I tried to do this but found out it is too noisy to get results comparable to odometry. However im trying to compute depth from motion for this I have a function to compensate for camera rotation and cancel flow due to rotation then the FOE is computed and depth can then be found. The vectors need to be evenly distributed to get depth all over the scene. Do you have any suggestions to improve the computations or any processing to apply to the image to enhance it for example

Amr gravatar imageAmr ( 2016-03-06 08:45:25 -0500 )edit
  • you could use your own grid of points, instead of gftt

  • there dense optical flow methods in opencv

berak gravatar imageberak ( 2016-03-06 09:00:38 -0500 )edit

@berak thanks for reply I tried the Farne method but the time it took was significant I cant emplohy in real time. As far as I know the optical flow using LK method needs features such as corners so how do you suggest that I add the features? should I try random points or use other corner detection functions? im aware only of harris corner in opencv but it could not detect many corners

Amr gravatar imageAmr ( 2016-03-06 09:07:45 -0500 )edit

I prefer to use ORB as a feature detector. It doesn't particularly evenly distribute points, but the points you get are good.

Tetragramm gravatar imageTetragramm ( 2016-03-06 10:05:16 -0500 )edit