proposed usage method
December 10th, 2012
News (detailed modifications history in README file)
Changes in 2.0.6 version (Jan. 17th 2018) :
(v2.0.6) new SER v3 bayer matrix support
(v2.0.5) new detect_scandir.bat for permanently scanning a directory for new files to process
support for OpenSkyImager, migration to openCV 2.4.13
bugs corrected (FITS handling of DATE-OBS keyword, usage of dark file, handling of end time missing/local time in FireCapture log)
(v2.0.4) bugs corrected (Genika mid/end time at day change, old 2011 Firecapture version: date format)
(v2.0.3) Dark handling bug corrected
(v2.0.2) Shorter static executable version not requiring MSVC 2013 redistribuable and open CV DLLs
(v2.0.1) PLx capture: support for filename longer than capture's filename (X.Dupont)
(v2.0.1) handling of MMM option in Firecapture date format (A.Coffelt)
(v2.0) More robust version (no crashes) compiled under Visual Studio with candidates estimation
(v2.0) Support for all latest Firecapture 2.4, Genika 2.7.x, Sharpcap 2.1 and PLXCapture 2.3 logs
(v2.0) Better duration and datation calculation (FITS, Firecapture, ...)
Batch mode usage
Log file with datation, usage in WinJupos
How to analyze results : images generated
Communicate your positive as well as negative results !!!
Command mode usage
The International Outer Planets Watch team has been offering since October 2012 two softwares which help testing planetary (jovian) acquisitions a posteriori looking for impacts.
The first one, "JID" is a windows software (with a graphical interface) offering to work on acquisitions while changing detection parameters.
The second one, "DeTeCt", is usable in command mode, which permits to link analysis of several acquisitions in a row without user interaction.
It supports SER, FITS, avi, wmv, bmp, jpg, tif, ... formats. It implements two detection algorithms de détection performed simultaneously:
- the first "classic" one analyses after images alignment every zone in every frame in order to check if a suspect brightness appareance occurs. It then displays a frames' interval when an impact moght have been detected.
- the second one analyses globaly the movie and generate a simple image to easily check visually if there is an impact candidate in this acquisition.
I hence developed a new DeTeCt version, tested successfully on thousands of acquisitions (mine and other amateurs').
If you want to test it on your own acquisitions download DeTeCt version 2.0.6 here.
Please send your results (DeTeCt.log file) to email@example.com.
Feel free to contact me for any usage question, any error, any modification suggestion, request for supporting a new log version of your favorite acquisition softwares if they are not already supported (after checking your DeTeCt.log - see below)
Here is how to use DeTeCt :
I created a file called "detect_batch.bat" which automatically analyses all sub-directories in the directory where it is, in order to:
- find ser, avi, wmv (and fits files if you define the fit root filename in the detect_batch, see below)
- launch DeTeCt for everyone of these files with "-ADUdtcdetail -minframe 32 -ignore" options
- save log file and images in a "Impact_detection" directory
You can edit this file to easily define your own parameters.
||In order to batch your processing, download the .zip file on the link above
in the directory where the acquisition sub-directories are stored (jupiter_20120804 and
jupiter_20121003 in the screenshot left)
Open Windows Esplorer and double-clic on "detect_batch.bat"
NB: if you need you can edit the detect_batch.bat file in a text editor, in order to modify:
- the line "set OPT=" which defines the option parameters for DeTeCt.exe
- the line "set DARKFILE=" which defines the dark filename
|A command window opens,
processing start for each found acquisition,
when processing is done (more details below):
- a window with DeTeCt.log opens, file which has to be sent to me
- an explorer window opens on Impact_detection directory, where all images to be analyzed are stored
- you see "Please press a key to continue" in the command window
Here it is, everything is done, the only thing left for you is to inspect each generated image for each movie, easy, isn't it ?
Processing results are the following:How to analyze the results : images generated in "Impact_detection" directory
- in the "Impact_detection" directory, you will find for each acquisition, with an automated generated filename from the video filename "filename_dtc_max.jpg", which is the image consisting of the max minus mean value for each pixel. This is that image which is used to detect visually if there was an impact flash candidate, see "how to analyse the images"
- in the "Impact_detection\details" directory, you will find for each acquisition, with an automated generated filename from the video filename:
1. "filename.log", consisting of the DeTeCt run output. You will find in this file the acquisition full path and name, individual frames information if you used -v option, or text indicating if an impact was found by the classic algorithm.
2. a copy of "filename_dtc_max.jpg" (see above)
3. "filename.jpg", same image but without an histogram stretch (it is darker and less "readable")
4. "filename_mean.jpg", average of all aligned images - which is used to check the "normal" aspect of the acquisition, for example the existence of satellites or dust on the sensor which can lead to false-positive detections.
- in the same directory as DeTeCt.exe file, a DeTeCt.log file which for each processed video will add a line with date, duration, ... information from video file information or from an existing acquisition log file from Lucam Recorder, Genika, Firecapture, PLxCapture, Avi felopaul or Genicap. Please send this DeTeCt.log file to firstname.lastname@example.org for a work on impact frequenvy.
Let's see now this log file in detail:
Each time DeTeCt.exe is launched (then also each time detect_batch.bat is launched), a log file called "DeTeCt.log" saved in the same directory as DeTeCt.exe will be appended with a new line per video processed, with the following information:
DeTeCt; jovian impact detection software
PLEASE SEND THIS FILE to Marc Delcroix - email@example.com - for work on impact frequency (participants will be named if work is published) - NO DETECTION MATTERS!
Rating; Start; End; Mid; Duration (s); fps (fr/s); File; DeTeCt version and comment
0 ; 2014/12/03 11:41,071083 UT; 2014/12/03 11:41,903900 UT; 2014/12/03 11:41,487491 UT; 49.9690 s; 23.000 fr/s; 031214_114104.avi; detect v2.0(Dec.1,2014) (Firecapture 2.3)
0 ; 2014/12/03 11:41,907800 UT; 2014/12/03 11:42,741667 UT; 2014/12/03 11:42,324733 UT; 50.0320 s; 23.485 fr/s; 031214_114154.avi; detect v2.0(Dec.1,2014) (Firecapture 2.3, fps calculated)
0 ; 2014/12/03 11:42,742967 UT; 2014/12/03 11:43,063800 UT; 2014/12/03 11:42,903384 UT; 19.2500 s; 23.000 fr/s; 031214_114244.avi; detect v2.0(Dec.1,2014) (Firecapture 2.3)
For each video, there are column per column:
- Rating: "0"; if -ADUdtconly option is not used : Number of candidates detected by the classic algorithm
- Start: acquisition start time, with "LT" if it is in local time, "UT" in universal time or "xx" if unknown
- End: acquisition end time, with "LT" if it is in local time, "UT" in universal time or "xx" if unknown
- Mid: calculated acquisition mid time useable easily with copy-paste in the fields "date" and "UT" in the WinJupos measure function (beware it must be in universal time "UT")
- Duration: acquisition duration
- fps: frames per second
- File: full path and filename of the processed video
- DeTeCt version and comment: used DeTeCt version, and a comment on how were datation and duration information estimated:
- with file system information ("Date from file info")
- with information embeded in SER file ("Date from ser file info")
- with information in acquisition software logfile (for example "Date from Lucam Recorder log"); supported software are Lucam Recorder, Genika, Firecapture, PLxCapture, Avi felopaul, Genicap. For any other log file type support (other software, or a non supported version of supported acquisition software - unfortunately formats change with versions), please send me the acquisition software log file and I will implement it quickly.
- with date information and possibly the fps, or if duration could only be estimated (not coming directly from a log file) ("Duration estimated")
- if a date was estimated from another one and acquisition duration ("start date estimated" or "end date estimated")
In principle, DeTeCt
executable must be used in a DOS command window, launching it with
options. In order to know these options, just type "DeTeCt" without any
parameter (see left screenshot).
The default option values detect the June 2010 impact flash on the original videos.
DeTeCt -ifile ./June_2010_Impact_Anthony_Wesley.avi
For a FITs file serie, give the first filename:
DeTeCt -ifile ./F00001.fit
Classic algorithm result:
Impact detected: frame 89 (0h 00min 03s) to 100 (0h 100min 04s). Max lum 92 at frame 90
In order to generate a data file with the luminosity evolution curve which can be used to visually inspect a potential impact signature:
DeTeCt -ifile ./June_2010_Impact_Anthony_Wesley.avi -v > luminance.dat
In order to generate a detection image based on the differential photometry between maximal and mean value for each pixel, using dark file dark.tif:
DeTeCt -ifile=June_2010_Impact_Anthony_Wesley.avi -ofile=WesleyADUdtc.png -dfile=dark.tif