Mike H-R Mike H-R - 1 year ago 96
Ruby Question

Can you use a webcam with ruby-opencv in realtime?

I'm thinking of building a quick and dirty script to help a friend out. It will need to take webcam input and perform very simple computation on it (think delta brightness of the pixels over time, relatively computationally simple).

I am currently leaning towards c++ like so along with opencv but I was wondering, since it's such a computationally inexpensive task, (relatively speaking of course) if there was a way to simply use ruby-opencv or some other techniques to keep it in a scripting language.

I haven't been able to find any way to import realtime webcamera images into a ruby script since I've been looking but I'd be more than happy to have my search skills proven inadequate by the wonderful SO community!

Places I've looked so far:


c++ script (what I'm leaning towards)

using an ffi

In summary; Is there a way to import realtime webcamera images into a ruby script to perform simple computation on them? (I was thinking with opencv but am not tied to any particular idea.

Answer Source

OpenCV has Python bindings which will call native C++ code under the hood. They also have many tutorials on how to use the Python API. A basic example of opening a video feed can be found here, and a longer list of tutorials is here. I highly recommend looking through them if you are interested in doing much work with OpenCV.

A brief summary of the first tutorial:

import numpy as np
import cv2

cap = cv2.VideoCapture(0)

    # Capture frame-by-frame
    ret, frame = cap.read()

    # Do image processing here, using frame

    # Display the resulting frame
    if cv2.waitKey(1) & 0xFF == ord('q'):

# When everything done, release the capture
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