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I'm writing a script to detect blur images using OpenCV by applying Laplacian filter and calculate the std but there is a problem the std for images that contain motion blur is very close to those images which contain any other type of blur. (my propose is to find detect unsuitable images that can't detect the object on it like a dog image that contain motion blur for example)

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I used this piece of code cv2.Laplacian(image, cv2.CV_64F, ksize=3 ).std() to find the blur ratio and make a threshold for std < 40 is considered a blurry image so I want a method to can differentiate between images that contain motion blur images and other kinds of blur

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  • $\begingroup$ oops, you just removed my edit that fixed the image: the Image url is https://i.imgur.com/cGxuLQK.jpg, not https://imgur.com/cGxuLQK like you used. $\endgroup$ – Marcus Müller Aug 2 '18 at 11:52
  • $\begingroup$ @MarcusMüller sorry I removed it by mistake I will edit it, thank you :) $\endgroup$ – noura_7ussein Aug 2 '18 at 11:53
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Instead of filtering with a symmetric gaussian, which is a blurry kernel in every direction, just filter with two 1D-kernels:

One in x direction (a row vector kernel, if you will), and one in y direction (column vector).

If the "blurriness" in both directions is the same, generally blurry. If it's much higher in one direction than in the other: motion blur.

You'll have to adjust your thresholds for "blurriness" to also accomodate diagonal motion blur.

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  • $\begingroup$ that's a good idea, Do you have any idea how can I apply this in OpenCV? $\endgroup$ – noura_7ussein Aug 2 '18 at 12:29
  • $\begingroup$ Simply use the center column and center row of your 2D kernel! $\endgroup$ – Marcus Müller Aug 2 '18 at 13:22
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You can use the following variance of Laplacian responses:

cv2.Laplacian(gray_image, cv2.CV_64F).var()

More details at https://www.pyimagesearch.com/2015/09/07/blur-detection-with-opencv/

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