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Object Counting using Ultralytics YOLOv8 🚀

What is Object Counting?

Object counting with Ultralytics YOLOv8 involves accurate identification and counting of specific objects in videos and camera streams. YOLOv8 excels in real-time applications, providing efficient and precise object counting for various scenarios like crowd analysis and surveillance, thanks to its state-of-the-art algorithms and deep learning capabilities.



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Advantages of Object Counting?

  • Resource Optimization: Object counting facilitates efficient resource management by providing accurate counts, and optimizing resource allocation in applications like inventory management.
  • Enhanced Security: Object counting enhances security and surveillance by accurately tracking and counting entities, aiding in proactive threat detection.
  • Informed Decision-Making: Object counting offers valuable insights for decision-making, optimizing processes in retail, traffic management, and various other domains.

Real World Applications

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Object Counting using YOLOv8 Example

from ultralytics import YOLO
from ultralytics.solutions import object_counter
import cv2

model = YOLO("yolov8n.pt")
cap = cv2.VideoCapture("path/to/video/file.mp4")
assert cap.isOpened(), "Error reading video file"
w, h, fps = (int(cap.get(x)) for x in (cv2.CAP_PROP_FRAME_WIDTH, cv2.CAP_PROP_FRAME_HEIGHT, cv2.CAP_PROP_FPS))

# Define region points
region_points = [(20, 400), (1080, 404), (1080, 360), (20, 360)]

# Video writer
video_writer = cv2.VideoWriter("object_counting_output.avi",
                       cv2.VideoWriter_fourcc(*'mp4v'),
                       fps,
                       (w, h))

# Init Object Counter
counter = object_counter.ObjectCounter()
counter.set_args(view_img=True,
                 reg_pts=region_points,
                 classes_names=model.names,
                 draw_tracks=True)

while cap.isOpened():
    success, im0 = cap.read()
    if not success:
        print("Video frame is empty or video processing has been successfully completed.")
        break
    tracks = model.track(im0, persist=True, show=False)

    im0 = counter.start_counting(im0, tracks)
    video_writer.write(im0)

cap.release()
video_writer.release()
cv2.destroyAllWindows()
from ultralytics import YOLO
from ultralytics.solutions import object_counter
import cv2

model = YOLO("yolov8n.pt")
cap = cv2.VideoCapture("path/to/video/file.mp4")
assert cap.isOpened(), "Error reading video file"
w, h, fps = (int(cap.get(x)) for x in (cv2.CAP_PROP_FRAME_WIDTH, cv2.CAP_PROP_FRAME_HEIGHT, cv2.CAP_PROP_FPS))

# Define line points
line_points = [(20, 400), (1080, 400)]

# Video writer
video_writer = cv2.VideoWriter("object_counting_output.avi",
                       cv2.VideoWriter_fourcc(*'mp4v'),
                       fps,
                       (w, h))

# Init Object Counter
counter = object_counter.ObjectCounter()
counter.set_args(view_img=True,
                 reg_pts=line_points,
                 classes_names=model.names,
                 draw_tracks=True)

while cap.isOpened():
    success, im0 = cap.read()
    if not success:
        print("Video frame is empty or video processing has been successfully completed.")
        break
    tracks = model.track(im0, persist=True, show=False)

    im0 = counter.start_counting(im0, tracks)
    video_writer.write(im0)

cap.release()
video_writer.release()
cv2.destroyAllWindows()
from ultralytics import YOLO
from ultralytics.solutions import object_counter
import cv2

model = YOLO("yolov8n.pt")
cap = cv2.VideoCapture("path/to/video/file.mp4")
assert cap.isOpened(), "Error reading video file"
w, h, fps = (int(cap.get(x)) for x in (cv2.CAP_PROP_FRAME_WIDTH, cv2.CAP_PROP_FRAME_HEIGHT, cv2.CAP_PROP_FPS))

line_points = [(20, 400), (1080, 400)]  # line or region points
classes_to_count = [0, 2]  # person and car classes for count

# Video writer
video_writer = cv2.VideoWriter("object_counting_output.avi",
                       cv2.VideoWriter_fourcc(*'mp4v'),
                       fps,
                       (w, h))

# Init Object Counter
counter = object_counter.ObjectCounter()
counter.set_args(view_img=True,
                 reg_pts=line_points,
                 classes_names=model.names,
                 draw_tracks=True)

while cap.isOpened():
    success, im0 = cap.read()
    if not success:
        print("Video frame is empty or video processing has been successfully completed.")
        break
    tracks = model.track(im0, persist=True, show=False,
                         classes=classes_to_count)

    im0 = counter.start_counting(im0, tracks)
    video_writer.write(im0)

cap.release()
video_writer.release()
cv2.destroyAllWindows()
Region is Movable

You can move the region anywhere in the frame by clicking on its edges

Optional Arguments set_args

Name Type Default Description
view_img bool False Display frames with counts
view_in_counts bool True Display incounts only on video frame
view_out_counts bool True Display outcounts only on video frame
line_thickness int 2 Increase bounding boxes thickness
reg_pts list [(20, 400), (1260, 400)] Points defining the Region Area
classes_names dict model.model.names Dictionary of Class Names
region_color RGB Color (255, 0, 255) Color of the Object counting Region or Line
track_thickness int 2 Thickness of Tracking Lines
draw_tracks bool False Enable drawing Track lines
track_color RGB Color (0, 255, 0) Color for each track line
line_dist_thresh int 15 Euclidean Distance threshold for line counter
count_txt_thickness int 2 Thickness of Object counts text
count_txt_color RGB Color (0, 0, 0) Foreground color for Object counts text
count_color RGB Color (255, 255, 255) Background color for Object counts text
region_thickness int 5 Thickness for object counter region or line

Arguments model.track

Name Type Default Description
source im0 None source directory for images or videos
persist bool False persisting tracks between frames
tracker str botsort.yaml Tracking method 'bytetrack' or 'botsort'
conf float 0.3 Confidence Threshold
iou float 0.5 IOU Threshold
classes list None filter results by class, i.e. classes=0, or classes=[0,2,3]
verbose bool True Display the object tracking results


Created 2023-12-02, Updated 2024-02-03
Authors: glenn-jocher (7), AyushExel (1), chr043416@gmail.com (3), RizwanMunawar (1)

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