They are several tricks that can be used to increase tracking accuracy and select the optimal parameters.
The detection parameters reject objects that are smaller or bigger than a specific size. To increase the tracking accuracy, we want to reject noise and artifacts and reject blobs constitute of more of one object. If all the objects are of similar size, these two parameters can be selected easily in four steps:
- Select an image where two objects are in contact forming a single blob.
- Select the Maximal Size parameter just at the limit to reject this blob.
- Select the Maximal Size parameter just at the limit to detect the movie's smaller object.
- Fine tune these parameters to account for size variability across the movie.
Tracking parameters are mostly found by trials and errors. However, some rules of thumbs can be applied.
Spot to track has to be set to Body for quasi-symmetric objects and low-resolution objects. For deformable objects with enough resolution, select Head or Tail according to the part that predicts best the object's traveling direction.
For each tracking analysis, FastTrack will save the parameters used in
cfg.toml that can be reloaded in the software or in fasttrack_cli.
Before FastTrack version 5.2.1, the software used to saved the parameters in
parameter.param, these files can be converted as following (left: old file, right: new file):