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Convert AVI file to series of images

Asked by NS
on 10 Mar 2012
Latest activity Edited by Sushil Sharma on 23 Sep 2019
Hi all,
I have a AVI file that was formatted in MATLAB. I wish to convert it to a series of tif images. I am not able to do this in imageJ. Is it possible?


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Answer by Chandra Kurniawan on 11 Mar 2012
 Accepted Answer

This is the simpler version :
obj = mmreader('rhinos.avi');
vid = read(obj);
frames = obj.NumberOfFrames;
for x = 1 : frames
You can use your own video by replacing 'rhinos.avi' with your own.
I hope this works!


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Thank you so much
which directory will I get the images?
He did not specify a folder, unfortunately, so the images will go into the current folder, the same one as the m-file.

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Answer by Image Analyst
on 11 Mar 2012

Here are the key lines:
outputFolder = 'c:/users/whatever'; % Change this!
% Read in the movie.
mov = aviread(movieFullFileName);
% Determine how many frames there are.
numberOfFrames = size(mov, 2);
for frame = 1 : numberOfFrames
% Extract the frame from the movie structure.
thisFrame = mov(frame).cdata;
% Create a filename.
outputBaseFileName = sprintf('Frame %4.4d.png', frame);
outputFullFileName = fullfile(outputFolder, outputBaseFileName);
% Write it out to disk.
imwrite(thisFrame, outputFullFileName, 'png');


The scripts I saw converted the frames to PNG, which is a lossless compression. If you saw some that used TIFF, that is uncompressed unless an option for compression is used, such as LZW. PNG usually compresses to around a third of the size. JPG can compress more but can have bad artifacts and should be avoided if you're going to do image analysis.
very nice, thanks :)
on 29 Mar 2018
In matlab, the default TIFF compression mode (for RGB images) is 'packbits', so TIFF are compressed by default. packbit is a run-length encoding compression method. It is completely lossless. You can override the compression mode, the only lossy TIFF mode supported by imwrite is 'jpeg'.
PNG is always lossless and in my opinion a better format than TIFF.

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Answer by Sushil Sharma on 23 Sep 2019
Edited by Sushil Sharma on 23 Sep 2019

Upadte answer
In the lestest veriosn of matlab, we have to use VideoReader instead of mmreader,then you are able to convert any video file into a frames
Here the simple of code to get the frames
%% Change .avi format to images frames
obj = VideoReader('test2.avi');
vid = read(obj);
frames = obj.NumberOfFrames;
for x = 1 : frames


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