How to convert optical flow velocity to meters per second?

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Hi,
I have a calibrated camera and can convert positions from pixels to meters using the transformPointsInverse function. I am also estimating velocities of moving objects using the optical flow method provided in Computer Vision System Toolbox. However, I would like to convert the velocities from pixels/frame to meters/sec. How can I do this?
Obviously I tried
diff(position)/fps
but this magnifies noise in the signal so I don't get realistic velocities.

Answers (1)

Dima Lisin
Dima Lisin on 24 Feb 2015
Hi Erik,
You should multiply by fps, instead of dividing. The time between two frames in seconds is 1/fps.
Also, are you reading the video from a file, or are you processing live video? In the latter case, you would not really know your frame rate, because it would depend on how much processing you are doing. The best thing to do would be to get the timestamp for the frames that you are comparing.
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Dima Lisin
Dima Lisin on 25 Feb 2015
Are you sure that you are computing the distances in meters correctly? How exactly are you calibrating your camera?

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