Create an OpenCV 2 matrix from a JPEG-image in a buffer #2

Even before publishing my previous article about OpenCV and JPEG-images from buffers, I found the cv::imdecode()-function. But it was Peter’s comment which made me really take a look and compare the two methods.

Here’s the code I’m using to create a cv::Mat from a JPEG-image in a buffer using cv::imdecode().

void handleImage_o(const uint8_t *buffer, size_t size)
{
 std::vector<uint8_t> v;
 v.assign(buffer, buffer+size);
 cv::Mat img = cv::imdecode(v, CV_LOAD_IMAGE_COLOR);
}

Yes, it is only 3 lines compared to the 20+ lines using libjpeg… My initial doubt about imdecode() was the speed of decoding. Will it be as fast as my manual approach? Well, almost!:

This quick and dirty benchmark is of course subjective and not usable for reference as it lacks spread, but for my use case it is enough to help me make a decision.

I decode 100 times the same image (4288×2848 pixels) and just measure the time(1) it took. Here are the results with imdecode()

real 0m14.600s
user 0m13.652s
sys 0m0.956s

versus libjpeg-turbo.

real 0m12.476s
user 0m11.736s
sys 0m0.760s

My version using libjpeg-turbo is roughly 14% faster than imdecode() from OpenCV 2.4.9.1 .

Is 14% justifying the complexity of the libjpeg-based code? That’s up to you to decide.

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