OpenCV Computer Vision with Python
By Joseph Howse
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: April 2013
Pages: 122

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Computer Vision can reach consumers in various contexts via webcams, camera phones and gaming sensors like Kinect. OpenCV's Python bindings can help developers meet these consumer demands for applications that capture images, change their appearance and extract information from them, in a high-level language and in a standardized data format that is interoperable with scientific libraries such as NumPy and SciPy.

"OpenCV Computer Vision with Python" is a practical, hands-on guide that covers the fundamental tasks of computer vision-capturing, filtering and analyzing images-with step-by-step instructions for writing both an application and reusable library classes.

"OpenCV Computer Vision with Python" shows you how to use the Python bindings for OpenCV. By following clear and concise examples you will develop a computer vision application that tracks faces in live video and applies special effects to them. If you have always wanted to learn which version of these bindings to use, how to integrate with cross-platform Kinect drivers and and how to efficiently process image data with NumPy and SciPy then this book is for you.


A practical, project-based tutorial for Python developers and hobbyists who want to get started with computer vision with OpenCV and Python.

Who this book is for

OpenCV Computer Vision with Python is written for Python developers who are new to computer vision and want a practical guide to teach them the essentials. Some understanding of image data (for example, pixels and color channels) would be beneficial. At a minimum you will need access to at least one webcam. Certain exercises require additional hardware like a second webcam, a Microsoft Kinect or an OpenNI-compliant depth sensor such as the Asus Xtion PRO.

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      Comments about oreilly OpenCV Computer Vision with Python:

      I was very disappointed in the book. For the beginner it really doesn't teach anything and only gives examples to parrot. There is little to no reference information on OpenCV in general and almost no information on the tools, routines, filters, etc... available within OpenCV. Much time is wasted on creating color correction filters which are never used and are already available as a standard part of OpenCV.

      I was hoping for a book that explored OpenCV and its capabilities to some depth and this definitely was not it.

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