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Re: Slow image import

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  • Subject: [mg113008] Re: Slow image import
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 06:44:10 -0400 (EDT)

On 10/9/10 at 6:33 AM, todummy at (to) wrote:

>I was trying to use Mathematica 7.0.1 for batch image processing.  I
>used the Import command to load 4000x2000 pixel tiff files.  Using
>the timing command, I noticed it takes about 0.95 second just to
>load the image !!!!  Using another system, I can do the same in
>about 0.15 s.  (about 6-7 x faster).

>Is there any way to speed things up ???  I already tried to first
>write the tiff image data as a raw binary file and loading it again.
>It still take about 0.7 seconds in that case.

The issue is the overhead associated with Import which spends
time determining details of the file format. If you know you
have raw binary data representing an image m pixels wide, it is
much faster to do


Here, I've assumed the binary format is a 32 bit integer. If
this is not the case, substitute the correct binary format.
Also, you will need to pay attention to byte ordering.

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