Saturday, December 22, 2018

Installing Anaconda Distribution and OpenCV in Windows PC

I am doing lots of Image Processing projects based on OPENCV and Python. This is how to setup it up on a Windows PC.
You need to download Anaconda and OpenCV.

OpenCV download link:

The version I have on my machine is 3.2.0. Executable file is "opencv-3.2.0-vc14.exe".

Anaconda download link:

For the Anaconda, I still use Python 2.
The version I have on my machine is 4.4.0. Executable file is "Anaconda2-4.4.0-Windows-x86_64.exe"

You need to install Anaconda. After installation you will have access with the default IDE which is Spyder. I have a script when I captured my screen.

It is now time to install OpenCV.

Put the .exe installer to the C: drive and install it. You will have an opencv folder after installation.

Next step is to copy-paste cv2.pyd file to Anaconda Site-packages to be able to import it to our Python scripts.

The location of cv2.pyd file is located here:

For 64bit machines (C:\opencv\build\python\2.7\x64)
For 32bit machiens (C:\opencv\build\python\2.7\x86)

Paste it on this location. (C:\ProgramData\Anaconda2\Lib\site-packages)

You should be able to import cv2 on a python script.

On the Spyder console on the lower right part. I use IPython console.

Try to input import cv2.

Then check version by print cv2.__version__.

You can now try to access the webcam on your laptop or PC.

import cv2, time

cap = cv2.VideoCapture(0)


    ret, frame =
    print ret
    if ret == 1:
        print "no video"
    if cv2.waitKey(1) & 0xFF == ord('q'):


You can also access IP cameras.

cap = cv2.VideoCapture("")

And also input video files.

cap = cv2.VideoCapture("test.mp4")

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