Q4E Case Study 9 – Quintic Validation study of Automatic Tracking Accuracy
Proposed Subject Usage:
Sports Science Degree (1st/2nd and 3rd year),
Physical Education ALevel
Objective

To analyse the accuracy and reliability of the new Quintic Automatic Tracking function. As the bicycle wheel is a constant size throughout the recording, we can assume that length b and angle ACB are invariant (this should remain constant). Therefore if the automatic tracking is accurate length ‘b’ should remain constant.
Figure 1
Method
4 reflective markers where placed on a bicycle wheel, 1 in the middle, and 3 around the outer rim. Video footage was then recorded using a Redlake camcorder at 250fps and captured using Quintic Biomechanics Video Analysis Software. The videos were later calibrated horizontally and vertically by measuring the distance between the markers. The captured clips were then automatically digitised, and butterworth filters were applied to the data, to smooth any errors. Quintic software automatically selects the correct filter value, to remove any residual noise from the data. Both the X and Y coordinates for each marker are smoothed individually, to reduce the likelihood over smoothing or under smoothing the data.

Quintic software functions that were used:
 Quintic Automatic Tracking
 Quintic Manual Calibration
 Quintic Linear Analysis
 Export Data
 Single image capture
 Quintic Shapes
 Export Avi


Analysis : Calculating length 'b'
Figure 2
By exporting the absolute data from Quintic into excel Pythagoras theory can be used to calculate ‘b’. When using the absolute data from Quintic all of the exported data is calculated from (0.0) which is in the bottom left corner of the video. If the relative data is being used all of the data is calculated from (0.0) which is the position of that marker at frame 0.
In order to calculate b the other sides of the rightangled triangle must first be calculated. To calculate side ‘c’ of the triangle, the vertical displacements of both marker A and C are used. Ay – Cy = c. To calculate side ‘a’ the horizontal displacements of markers A and C are used. Ax – Cx = a.
Figure 3
Coordinates of C 

Coordinates of A



Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 

Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 
c 
a 
Number 
Distance 
Distance 

Number 
Distance 
Distance 
AyCy 
AxCx 
1 
0.65 
0.21 

1 
0.52 
0.80 
0.123 
0.593 
2 
0.65 
0.21 

2 
0.52 
0.80 
0.128 
0.592 
3 
0.65 
0.21 

3 
0.52 
0.80 
0.134 
0.591 
4 
0.65 
0.21 

4 
0.52 
0.80 
0.140 
0.589 
5 
0.65 
0.21 

5 
0.52 
0.80 
0.147 
0.588 
Pythagoras can now be used to calculate length ‘b’.
For FRAME 1
C 
A 




Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 
Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 
a
AyCy 
c
AxCx 

b 
Number 
Distance 
Distance 
Number 
Distance 
Distance 
1 
0.65 
0.21 
1 
0.52 
0.45 
0.123 
0.593 
0.37 
0.606 
2 
0.65 
0.21 
2 
0.52 
0.45 
0.128 
0.592 
0.37 
0.606 
3 
0.65 
0.21 
3 
0.52 
0.45 
0.134 
0.591 
0.37 
0.606 
4 
0.66 
0.21 
4 
0.52 
0.44 
0.140 
0.589 
0.37 
0.606 
5 
0.66 
0.21 
5 
0.51 
0.44 
0.147 
0.588 
0.37 
0.606 
Average = 0.606m
Standard Deviation ± 0.001m
Graph 1: Length 'b' during one complete revolution of the wheel
Figure 4
Graph 1 shows the diameter of the wheel throughout the experiment. The diameter was calculated using the same process as above for every frame (please see attached excel spreadsheet). On average the diameter of the wheel measured 0.606m with a standard deviation value of ± 0.001m. Three areas have been highlighted on the graph (red circle) as well as in figure 4, where the wheel diameter changes suddenly; this is due to one of the reflective markers been automatically tracked by the Quintic software, travelling behind the brake pad or frame of the bike. While the marker is behind the brake pad or frame it cannot be recognised/tracked by the software and is therefore interpolated until it is visible once again. This interpolation of the markers causes slight errors to occur in the final data but nothing of any significant value.
Calculating Angle ACB
Figure 5
As well as length ‘b’ being an invariant so is angle ACB, therefore this angle should remain constant throughout the complete revolution of the wheel if the automatic tracking is accurate.
Calculating length 'a' : By using the same procedure to calculate length ‘b’ we can now calculate length a,
Figure 6
Coordinates of B 

Coordinates of C 
Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 

Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 
Number 
Distance 
Distance 

Number 
Distance 
Distance 
1 
0.29 
0.45 

1 
0.65 
0.21 
2 
0.29 
0.45 

2 
0.65 
0.21 
3 
0.29 
0.45 

3 
0.65 
0.21 
4 
0.29 
0.44 

4 
0.66 
0.21 
5 
0.29 
0.44 

5 
0.66 
0.21 
In order to calculate ‘a’ the other sides of the triangle must first be calculated. To calculate side ‘c’ of the triangle, the vertical displacements of both marker B and C are used. By – Cy = c. To calculate side ‘b’ the horizontal displacements of markers A and C are used. Bx – Cx = a
Coordinates of B 

Coordinates of C

c 
b 
Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 

Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 


Number 
Distance 
Distance 

Number 
Distance 
Distance 
By  Cy 
Bx  Cx 
1 
0.29 
0.45 

1 
0.65 
0.21 
0.36 
0.25 
2 
0.29 
0.45 

2 
0.65 
0.21 
0.36 
0.24 
3 
0.29 
0.45 

3 
0.65 
0.21 
0.36 
0.24 
4 
0.29 
0.44 

4 
0.66 
0.21 
0.37 
0.23 
5 
0.29 
0.44 

5 
0.66 
0.21 
0.37 
0.23 
For Frame 1 : Pythagoras Theory states that:
B 
C 




Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 
Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 
c
By  Cy 
b
Bx  Cx 

a

Number 
Distance 
Distance 
Number 
Distance 
Distance 
1 
0.29 
0.45 
1 
0.65 
0.21 
0.36 
0.25 
0.19 
0.434 
2 
0.29 
0.45 
2 
0.65 
0.21 
0.36 
0.24 
0.19 
0.434 
3 
0.29 
0.45 
3 
0.65 
0.21 
0.36 
0.24 
0.19 
0.434 
4 
0.29 
0.44 
4 
0.66 
0.21 
0.37 
0.23 
0.19 
0.434 
5 
0.29 
0.44 
5 
0.66 
0.21 
0.37 
0.23 
0.19 
0.434 
Average = 0.435m
Standard Deviation ± 0.030m
Calculating length c : We can now use the same procedure again to calculate length ‘c’
Figure 7
Coordinates of C 

Coordinates of B 
Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 

Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 
Number 
Distance 
Distance 

Number 
Distance 
Distance 
1 
0.65 
0.21 

1 
0.29 
0.45 
2 
0.65 
0.21 

2 
0.29 
0.45 
3 
0.65 
0.21 

3 
0.29 
0.45 
4 
0.66 
0.21 

4 
0.29 
0.44 
5 
0.66 
0.21 

5 
0.29 
0.44 
For Frame 1 : Pythagoras Theory states that:
A 
B 




Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 
Frame 
Horizontal 
Vertical 
a
By  Ay 
b
Bx  Ax 

c

Number 
Distance 
Distance 
Number 
Distance 
Distance 
1 
0.52 
0.80 
1 
0.29 
0.45 
0.348 
0.235 
0.177 
0.420 
2 
0.52 
0.80 
2 
0.29 
0.45 
0.350 
0.232 
0.176 
0.420 
3 
0.52 
0.80 
3 
0.29 
0.45 
0.352 
0.229 
0.176 
0.420 
4 
0.52 
0.80 
4 
0.29 
0.44 
0.355 
0.225 
0.176 
0.420 
5 
0.51 
0.80 
5 
0.29 
0.44 
0.357 
0.221 
0.176 
0.420 
Average = 0.420m
Standard Deviation ± 0.001m
Calculating Angle ACB
To calculate angle ACB we can use the following Cosine equation, as we know the lengths of all the respective sides.
For frame 1
Frame 

a 

b 

c 
Cosine C 
Angle ACB
radians 
Anlge ACB
degrees 
Number 





1 
0.189 
0.434 
0.367 
0.606 
0.177 
0.420 
0.721 
0.766 
43.898 
2 
0.189 
0.434 
0.367 
0.606 
0.176 
0.420 
0.721 
0.766 
43.894 
3 
0.188 
0.434 
0.367 
0.606 
0.176 
0.420 
0.721 
0.766 
43.887 
4 
0.188 
0.434 
0.367 
0.606 
0.176 
0.420 
0.721 
0.766 
43.881 
5 
0.188 
0.434 
0.367 
0.606 
0.176 
0.420 
0.721 
0.766 
43.873 
Average = 43.73°
Standard Deviation ± 0.095°
Graph 2: Angle ACB throughout one complete revolution
Figure 8
Graph 2 shows the angle ACB throughout the experiment. The angle was calculated using the same process as above for every frame (please see attached excel spreadsheet). On average the angle of ACB was calculated at 43.73° with a standard deviation value of ± 0. 095°. Four areas have been highlighted on the graph (red circle) and in figure 8 the angle changes suddenly; this is due to one of the reflective markers been automatically tracked by the Quintic software, travelling behind the brake pad or frame of the bike. While the marker is behind the brake pad or frame it cannot be recognised/tracked by the software and is therefore interpolated until it is visible once again. This interpolation of the markers causes slight errors to occur in the final data but nothing of any significant value.
Conculsion
The actual physical distance of the wheel was measured at a length of 0.608 metres. On average the diameter of the wheel measured using the above procedure was 0.606 metres with a standard deviation value of ± 0.001. The minor difference in diameter can be due to the errors caused during the interpolation or due to minor errors during the calibration. However, it can be seen from the above study that the accuracy of the Quintic software when measuring the distance of the wheel during one complete cycle (360°) was within 2mm tolerance.
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