Spectrograms with FFMpeg

Spectrograms with FFMpeg

In this post I’ll be covering how to create image files that represent the sound levels and frequencies of a media file. These images are known as spectrograms. They provide a way to visually locate moments in time. This can be useful for a number of reasons. FFMpeg has a feature that lets us create spectrograms with the showspectrumpic filter. Details about this filter can be found here, https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg-filters.html#showspectrumpic. You can also get information about the filter by typing in…

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Depthmapping with FFMpeg and OpenCV

Depthmapping with FFMpeg and OpenCV

Depthmaps are typically greyscale images that represent how far an object is by the degree of shade. They can be white-near, black-near, or some other color scale such as ironbar. Depthmaps are useful for creating renders or systems that have a distance sensing need. In this post I’ll be using footage that I shot using 2 Innovv cameras. The rig was not precise, so I also post processed it to correct distortion and alignment issues. The post processing topic was…

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Creating Anaglyph Video with FFMpeg

Creating Anaglyph Video with FFMpeg

In this post, we’ll step through how to create anaglyphic stereoscopic videos using FFMpeg. To create anaglyph imaging, we’ll need to use two camera sources, one left, the other right. These sources will be merged into a single image with red cyan overlaying to create a three dimensional effect using red cyan glasses. I referenced these sites frequently. FFMpeg Documentation – https://ffmpeg.org/documentation.html FFMpeg Stereoscopic Details – https://trac.ffmpeg.org/wiki/Stereoscopic The source video I’ll be demonstrating was shot with two Innovv C1 dashboard…

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DeFish Effect with FFMpeg

DeFish Effect with FFMpeg

In this post, we’ll cover how to use FFMpeg to removed the radial effects of a fish eye lens. This distortion is a trade off of wide angle lenses. The wider view also included bends and bows to objects that are in nature straight. FFMpeg has a filter known as “lenscorrection” that will remove most of this distortion, lets begin. As always, split out a segment so you don’t waste time processing excessive amounts of data. ffmpeg -ss 00:00:39 -i…

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Color Thresholds and Masking with FFMpeg and ImageMagick

Color Thresholds and Masking with FFMpeg and ImageMagick

I’ve demonstrated how to take videos and convert them into images using FFMpeg in previous posts. In this post, I’ll be using that same process and ImageMagick to create a color threshold effect. The interesting aspect is that all of the processing can be done through the command line. When faces with editing numerous files, scripting is the way to go. The few hours of up front work getting the script right is worth it. You can get on with…

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Image to Video to Image using FFMpeg

Image to Video to Image using FFMpeg

In this post, I’ll demonstrate how to take a series of images and convert them into a video. I’ll also demonstrate how to convert a video into a series of images, were we can do some interesting things. Lets start with image to video conversion. For this example I’ll be using images that have been scrapped from the web for the past year. I run a script that downloads a new image every 5 minutes. As it downloads them, the…

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FFMpeg Time Lapse and Slow Motion

FFMpeg Time Lapse and Slow Motion

Interpolation doesn’t just slow down, speed up, or increases FPS for better overall appearance. It fills in the gaps between frames by mathematically guessing were pixels belong between each frame. Here is a source clip that I’ll be processing. This command increases a 18 second segment from 30 FPS to 120 FPS ffmpeg -ss 00:47:08 -i 201207140948.MOV -t 00:00:18 -c copy 201207140948_Seg.MOV ffmpeg -i 201207140948_Seg.MOV -vf minterpolate=fps=120 201207140948_Seg_120fps.MOV The results look the same at first glance, but when viewed intently,…

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Picture in Picture Video with FFMPeg

Picture in Picture Video with FFMPeg

Creating a video with a smaller thumbnail video inside is known as a picture in picture effect. I’ve used other video editors in the past to merge various camera views together to give a more complete experience. In this post I’ll cover how to use FFMpeg to do the same thing. It expands the idea of tiled video, were multiple cameras share equal amounts of screen space. Thumbnails offer flavoring for the main camera view. I’m going to step by…

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Pan, Tilt, and Zoom with FFMpeg

Pan, Tilt, and Zoom with FFMpeg

There are times when the content in an image or video is lost in the surrounding details. Live security camera systems have a feature known as PTZ, short for Pan, Tilt, and Zoom. This allows the live cameras a hardware and software way to focus more on an object of interest. With FFMpeg, we can do something similar. In this post I’ll cover the basics of PTZ. Unlike live security cameras were you might notice a transition from the wide…

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FFMpeg Night Enhancement Processing

FFMpeg Night Enhancement Processing

In this post I’ll be covering how to process footage that was shot at night. By default, it is difficult to see what was captured with the camera. I do know the length of the video as well as other aspects of it. The clip I’ll be using is 5 minutes long and has a resolution of 1280×720 at 30fps using the H.264 / AVC codec. The audio is a single channel (mono) 16-bit PCM at 32000Hz. I like that…

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