Tracking the motion of spheres

In summary, the person is looking to do random, silly things with the coriolis effect to confirm what theory predicts. They are stumped on how to actually reliably use the video captured. They are looking for help from others with experience with the coriolis effect. If you understand the coriolis effect, your help would be appreciated.
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Hi,

I'm looking to do random, silly stuff with the Coriolis effect, mainly just confirming what theory predicts, using a simple rotating turntable.
My hope in doing that was to use a typical, average consumer camera, film the motion in question from above, with markers for frames of reference inside and outside the rotating turntables, and then use the video to get an x/y position graph from that.

Where it gets tricky is that I'm stumped on how to actually reliably use the video captured. I've thought about Adobe After Effects, using contrasted markers to track the motion in relation with the basic x/y coordinates of the picture, but I doubt it will manage the shifting frame of reference inside the turntable.

I know that there is quite a bit of specific software out there, but I'm looking for something that would do it automatically (i.e. lock on a specific point and not just ask me to click every single time on the right dot) and also let me specify the reference frame, and I simply can't get the search string to give me anything good in Google.

I also have available a motion capture set which is basically a CCD with LED strobes reflecting off anything interesting feeding into a computer looking at received intensity, but that means making all my system reflective, and also means I have to deal with a huge amount of noise.

I'd appreciate any input on this, thanks =)
 
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Check out the particle tracking routines by Eric Weeks, John Crocker, and David Grier. Their codes are openly available, and if you can't find the code, they are very nice folks and would more than likely send them to you.
 
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Not entirely sure what you're going for here.

If you put a pen on the centre of the rotating disc and drag it outwards you will notice it curves. That will show you the path of a particle in the atmosphere due to the coriolis effect.

I assume you already understand the coriolis effect. If not, neither mine nor yours will explain it to you.

It's a bit basic but I'm not sure why you have created such a complicated setup to demonstrate such a simple concept.
 
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I'm able to more or less derive the mathematical root of the stuff in terms of one or the other reference frame, what I'm looking for here is experimental "confirmation" of the derivation. Getting a video gives me time, and having position in both frames pretty much gives me anything else I would want.

Essentially, I'm looking for the pretty picture to put on the front page of my report, but this picture helps me show to anyone reading it the importance of the reference frames.
 
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I understand your curiosity and desire to experiment with the Coriolis effect. However, it is important to note that the Coriolis effect is a relatively small force and may not be easily observed in a simple experiment like the one you describe. Additionally, using consumer cameras and software may not provide accurate or reliable data for scientific analysis.

If you are looking to track the motion of spheres, I would recommend using more precise and specialized equipment such as high-speed cameras and motion capture systems. These can provide more accurate and detailed data for analysis.

Furthermore, it is important to carefully design your experiment and control for any other factors that may affect the motion of the spheres. This will ensure that any observed differences in motion can be attributed to the Coriolis effect.

In terms of software, there are various options available for motion tracking and analysis. However, it may be best to consult with a specialist or expert in this field to determine the most suitable software for your specific experiment.

Overall, while your experiment sounds interesting, it is important to approach it with scientific rigor and use appropriate equipment and methods to accurately track and analyze the motion of spheres.
 

What is tracking the motion of spheres?

Tracking the motion of spheres is the process of recording and analyzing the movement of spherical objects in three-dimensional space.

Why is tracking the motion of spheres important?

Tracking the motion of spheres is important in various fields such as physics, engineering, and sports to understand and improve the behavior and performance of objects in motion.

What methods are used to track the motion of spheres?

Methods such as video analysis, motion capture systems, and computer simulations are commonly used to track the motion of spheres.

What factors can affect the accuracy of tracking the motion of spheres?

The accuracy of tracking the motion of spheres can be affected by factors such as lighting conditions, camera quality, and calibration errors.

What are some applications of tracking the motion of spheres?

Tracking the motion of spheres has various applications such as analyzing the movement of planets, studying the behavior of particles in fluids, and improving sports performance through motion analysis.

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