Caleb Madrigal

Programming, Hacking, Math, and Art


Facial Detection with OpenCV and Python

I was able to get some basic facial detection working in OpenCV with Python. Here's what it looks like:

Facial recognition with OpenCV

And here is the 34-line python script to draw boxes around all detected faces in live video:

import cv

HAAR_CASCADE_PATH = "/opt/local/share/OpenCV/haarcascades/haarcascade_frontalface_default.xml"

def detect_faces(image):
    faces = []
    detected = cv.HaarDetectObjects(image, cascade, storage, 1.2, 2, cv.CV_HAAR_DO_CANNY_PRUNING, (100,100))
    if detected:
        for (x,y,w,h),n in detected:
    return faces

if __name__ == "__main__":
    cv.NamedWindow("Video", cv.CV_WINDOW_AUTOSIZE)

    capture = cv.CaptureFromCAM(CAMERA_INDEX)
    storage = cv.CreateMemStorage()
    cascade = cv.Load(HAAR_CASCADE_PATH)
    faces = []

    i = 0
    while True:
        image = cv.QueryFrame(capture)

        # Only run the Detection algorithm every 5 frames to improve performance
        if i%5==0:
            faces = detect_faces(image)

        for (x,y,w,h) in faces:
            cv.Rectangle(image, (x,y), (x+w,y+h), 255)

        cv.ShowImage("w1", image)
        i += 1