4 – Tutorials
Argus Graphical Interface Tutorial – Individual Step-by-step instructions with companion videos
This series of tutorials takes you through each of the six programs to demonstrate their individual functionalities. We suggest you download the tutorial data (~350 megabytes) so you can follow along on your computer. You should also read the full manual either before or after going through the tutorials since the tutorials are fairly direct and step-by-step and may not give you a complete sense of what each Argus tool accomplishes or why it needs to be done.
1. Open Argus.
2. Open DWarp by pressing the leftmost button labeled ‘DWarp’.
3. Click the ‘Open’ button directly under the title towards the top of the window.
4. Browse to find ‘dwarp-tutorial.mp4’ included in the tutorial files directory and select it.
5. Change the ‘Camera Model’ drop down in the ‘Lens Parameters’ section to ‘GoPro Hero4 Black’.
6. Change the neighboring ‘Shooting Mode’ drop down to ‘1080p-30fps-wide (Fisheye)’.
7. Observe the entry boxes in the Lens Parameter section grey out. This is because we have chosen an omnidirectional distortion profile, better for wide modes, and pinhole distortion coefficients do not apply.
8. Click the ‘Specify’ button at the bottom of the window and browse for the directory you’d like to write the undistorted test video to. Type the name in as ‘dwarp_test_output.mp4’ or any other file name ending in ‘.mp4’.
9. Watch as your video is undistorted and written to the specified location.
A embedded video tutorial for Dwarp
1. Open Argus.
2. Open Sync by pressing the button labeled ‘Sync’.
3. Click the ‘+’ button and browse for ‘alpha.mp4’ included in the Argus test files directory. Select this file. Notice it has been added to the list toward the top of the window.
4. Do the above step for ‘beta.mp4’ and ‘sigma.mp4’.
5. Click the ‘Show waves’ button directly below the list, and wait for the audio to be ripped from the three videos.
6. Viewing the three wave files in the window which appears, notice that the beeps appear the best in the time window from 0.03 to 0.21 minutes.
7. Go back to the main window.
8. In the entry field labeled ‘Start:’ enter ‘0.03’.
9. In the entry field labeled ‘End:’ enter ‘0.21’.
10. Click the ‘Go’ and wait for the offsets to be found.
An embedded video tutorial for Sync
1. Open Argus.
2. Open Patterns by clicking the button labeled ‘Patterns’
3. Click the ‘Open’ button directly below the title.
4. Browse for ‘patterns-tutorial.mp4’ included in the Argus test directory and select it.
5. The defaults in the entry boxes are those for the test video and the printout we include with this suite i.e. 12 row, 9 columns, and a spacing of 0.2 between grid points.
6. Click the ‘Specify’ button towards the bottom of the window.
7. Click the ‘Go’ button and watch as the patterns are found frame by frame. Some patterns will fail to be found even in our test video. This is normal.
An embedded video tutorial for Patterns
1. Open Argus.
2. Open Calibrate by choosing the right-most button labeled ‘Calibrate’.
3. Click the ‘Open’ button towards the top of the window.
4. Browse for ‘patterns-tutorial.pkl’ included in the Argus test data directory and select it.
5. In the ‘Options’ section, change the entry box labeled ‘Number of replications’ from 100 to 10.
6. Check the box labeled ‘Invert grid coordinates’.
7. Now click the ‘Specify’ button and choose a directory where you’d like to save your calibrations csv file. Name the file ‘test.csv’ or any other name ending with ‘.csv’.
8. Click ‘Go’ and wait as the 10 replications are finished.
9. After the process, you can take the distortion parameters you obtained and plug them into DWarp to test them. However, the parameters may not be very accurate after just 10 replications.
An embedded video tutorial for Calibrate
1. Open Argus.
2. Click the second most right button labeled Clicker.
3. Click the plus button on the right and navigate to the video ‘alpha.mp4’ in the Argus tutorial folder. Put the offset as 0.
4. Repeat step 3 for ‘beta.mp4’ and ‘sigma.mp4’. Both of these videos also have an offset of 0.
5. Leave the resolution as the default and click ‘Go’.
6. Go to frame 10 by hitting the ‘G’ key and typing 10 into the popup window.
7. Press X to sync the windows to the same frame. Press it again to turn off sync.
8. Track one side of the visible wand for at least a hundred frames in all three videos. This can be accomplished by clicker the center of the wand for all the frames or clicking on the center of the wand in the first frame and hitting ‘A’ to use the auto-tracker. Auto-tracking can be improved by first growing your view finder at the bottom right using 7, Y, U, and I keys (in arrow configuration). You can view how well the auto-tracker is doing in the view-finder window.
9. Hit ‘O’ to bring up the options dialog.
10. Click the button labeled ‘Add track’. This track will be for the other side of the
11. Click ‘Ok’ to go back to the video windows.
12. Repeat step 8 for the other side of the wand.
14. Once your done, hit the ‘S’ button to bring up a save dialog. Pick a location and type a tag like ‘tutorial’.
An embedded video tutorial for Clicker
1. Open Argus.
2. Click on the right-most button labeled ‘Wand’.
3. Click the first button labeled ‘Open’ beside ‘Open cameras: ‘. This button allows you to navigate for a Camera Profile .TXT file explained in detail in the run-through section. Select ‘tutorial_cam.txt’ in the Argus-Wand tutorial folder.
4. Clicker second button labeled ‘Open’ beside ‘Open Paired points: ‘. This allows you to browse for a paired points .CSV file. Select ‘tutorial-wand-xypts.csv’ in the Argus-Wand tutorial folder.
5. Set the scale as ‘0.2’.
6. Leave the optimization drop-down menus as their defaults of ‘Optimize none’.
7. Hit ‘Specify’ at the bottom and type ‘tutorial’ and pick a place on your hard drive to save the results.
8. Click ‘Go’ to see Wand reconstruct a 3D scene out of the pixel-coordinates and camera profile you provided. Notice that the reprojection errors printed last in the log window are quite high. You can improve these by adding more pixel correspondences in Clicker.
An embedded video tutorial for Wand
This tutorial takes you through the steps necessary to intrinsically calibrate your camera and shooting mode (i.e. figure out its distortion profile) and then remove lens distortion from your videos. The videos will be written to an MP4 with the original dimensions, frame rate, sound track, etc. While Argus-DWarp works well for most shooting modes and cameras, very wide angle videos may not fully undistort. These videos can be undistorted but you’ll lose a lot of the field of view when cropping down.
1. Print the dot grid located in the folder ‘Extras’ in the Argus package.
2. Film the dot grid for a short amount of time (anywhere from a minute to a few minutes) from various different angles and orientations in the desired shooting mode. Try your best to film the grid from various vantages while keeping the entire grid in view.
3. Upload your video to your computer.
4. Open Argus-Patterns.
3. Navigate to your video by clicking the button labeled ‘Open’.
4. Depending on how you oriented the grid relative to the camera, you may have to switch the rows and columns. The spacing between grid points should be the same as the default setting.
3. Specify a filename for the outputted Pickle file (.pkl) or simply click ‘Go’ and the filename and location will be the same as the input file.
4. Wait for Patterns to locate the grids in the video you provided.
5. After Patterns has finished, open up Argus-Calibrate.
6. Click ‘Open’ and navigate to the Pickle file you just created.
7. Specify a filename and location or again simply hit ‘Go’.
8. If you see messages about high RMSEs, stop the process and check the box that says ‘Invert grid coordinates’.
9. Wait for Argus-Calibrate to finish.
10. In the CSV file that Argus-Calibrate writes are the distortion coefficients and camera intrinsics (i.e. the distortion profile). You can plug these directly into the entry boxes of Argus-DWarp, or create a new CSV similar to the ones included in the ‘calibrations’ folder within Argus that DWarp will read upon every startup. Once you’ve plugged in these distortion coefficients, focal length, optical center, etc., use DWarp as usual to undistort your videos. Check the box labeled ‘Crop to undistorted region’ to make the video only display portions which are undistorted. This is probably the most desirable setting for those using Argus simply to remove lens distortion.