Computer Vision Software

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Mac Lad, May 15, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2004
    Big Easy, Louisiana
    Hi all,

    I am wondering if anyone has an experience doing calculations in computer vision (pattern recognition, motion detection, edge detection, etc.) and image processing in Mac. I have used Matlab for this kind of applications, but it's not usable for real-time processing. For example, I would like to track the movement of my hand gesture through webcam, and I don't think Matlab is fast enough. I would also like to know if there are any video-grabbing software for Mac.

    I have looked into the program Lush ( and it seems to be fast enough for what I am doing. It also has an interface to Video4Linux, but I don't think that'll work with Mac (or does it?). Should I resort to using C or C++? (I am actually not knowledgeable in either language, so I prefer not :p).

    Please share your experience, your thoughts, and your help. Thanx a bunch!
  2. macrumors 68000


    Dec 9, 2001
    State of Denial
    I don't know whether you can use a webcam as an input source, but take a look at
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2003
    New York, NY

    Take a look at:

    I use it on mac os x and linux for video processing from firewire cameras and its worked pretty well.

    It is c++ though.

    Also, don't be so sure matlab isn't fast enough. For basic applications like tracking your hand, a good matlab program will certainly be fast enough.
  4. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Sure you can! We did this at Uni. With Logitech Quickcams (in greyscale). We didn't use Macs though :(

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