Utility program: add all images in your directory to make a video


If you want to add all the images in your directory sequentially to make a video for a presentation then you can use this utility program.

In the first step, we will make a series of “.png” images by plotting the bar diagram of the GDP of the top 10 countries with years (1960-2017). We then add all these images sequentially to make a video. Here, we will add the images using the cv2 package of Python. Please keep in mind that the video can also be created using the matplotlib package of python. This is an alternative to perform the same task. In some cases, when we have a collection of images and we want to add them, then also this can be very handy.

To install the cv2 package using Anaconda, type:

conda install -c menpo opencv

Now, we can obtain the data for GDP of all countries from 1960-2017 from the World Bank website. We then use “pandas” package of Python to read the csv data file and “matplotlib” package to plot the bar diagram.

import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from matplotlib.ticker import FuncFormatter

# function for setting the format of values in billions of dollars
def trillions(x,pos):
    'The two args are the value and tick position'
    return '${:.1f}T'.format(x * 1e-12)
formatter = FuncFormatter(trillions)

df = df.set_index("Country Name")
with open('neglect_regions.txt',mode='r') as file:
    alist = [line.rstrip() for line in file]
# print(alist)

for year in years:
    top_10=df.nlargest(num, str(year))
    # print(top_10[str(year)])
    fig, ax = plt.subplots(figsize=(10,6))
    plt.xticks(np.arange(num), top_10.index.values,fontsize=6)
    plt.close(fig) #to clear the memory




The series of bar diagram for each year from 1960-2017 is saved in the “figures” directory. Then we can run the command:

python conv_image2video.py -loc "figures" -o "world_countries_gdp.mp4"

to add all the “.png” images in the figures directory to make the video named “world_countries_gdp.mp4”.

Usage of the program “conv_image2video.py”

  1. To convert the images in the current directory, with the extension “.png”, output file name “output.mp4” and frame rate 5 fps, simply type:

python conv_image2video.py

  1. If you want to change some options, add the following flags:
-loc "path_to_images": This will look for images in the directory "path_to_images"; default="."
-o "custom_name.mp4": This will output the video with the name "custom_name.mp4"; default: "output.mp4"
-ext "jpg": This will work on the jpeg images; default: "png"
-fr "1": This will change the speed/frame rate of the video; default: "5"


To download this program, click here.

If you want to download all the files (program +examples), click here.

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For any comments and suggestions, write to me at: utpalkumar50@gmail.com

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