A new Era: First Python Version

A project log for Schlieren-Videography

With this project I want to show you how you can make Schlieren-Videography at home. To do so we will use the Moiré-effect.

Mark Dammer MM0DQMMark Dammer MM0DQM 08/08/2016 at 19:410 Comments

A new Era: The first Python version can be found under the files section. The working test system runs XUbuntu 16.04 and uses Python 2.7, OpenCV 2.4.9., python-opencv and Numpy.

I am using Spyder as Python IDE

The default video input source is the first camera (device index 0). This can be changed by uncommenting and editing line 52 or the -i / --input_source command line option. The latter allows video files as input as well.

The program will open three windows for the raw video, the output (Schlieren!) and the background pattern. The background window is black until you choose 1 (chequerboard) or 2 (stripes). All three windows can be resized. There is no video recording option (yet!).

Keyboard input:

c use current frame as reference frame

q quit program

1 use chequerboard background pattern

2 use striped background pattern

=+ increase pattern size

-_ decrase pattern size

Have fun!