FLIR Tools

– [Voiceover] An infrared camera can tell you a lot of
things about your hives. Just point, shoot, and
look at the display. On many cameras you can refine the image by adjusting camera settings. If you save images you will have a permanent record of what you’ve seen. Record keeping, post analysis of images, and showing others what you’ve found can be just as useful and important as the original inspection in the field. FLIR Tools is a free
downloadable software option for editing and analyzing saved images and turning them into PDF reports that can be then printed or emailed. Go to your library, select an image in this case we’re going to examine one of the trucks that
was loaded in Arlee. Notice the image status that appears on the right hand side of the screen. Here’s an example of
some of the color choices available to you. You can often enhance detail by adjusting the lower and upper temperature ranges. FLIR cameras have a visible
camera and an IR camera. Choose the combination that
best suits your purpose. The options at the top of the page allow you to choose and
adjust some of these settings. For most functions you’ll
want to use the MS image. It overlays the visible
image with the thermal. Since it is night that doesn’t
benefit us much in this case. Let’s add some temperature spots. Each temperature spot picks up the underlying values of the pixels. If you watch the table to the right you can see the temperature values change as the spot is moved. Let’s add a hot spot, a medium spot. Now lets look at the difference
between a couple spots. This is called the Delta Function. Move to the right hand side pick the spots that you want to analyze make your selections into
the readout on the table. Finally lets add a cold spot. Let’s look underneath the truck. It was about 12 degrees Fahrenheit the night the truck was loaded. In addition to temperature spots FLIR Tools allows us to look at areas getting the average, the high and the low from each area that we designate. The front of a hive is
basically rectangles so lets do that. Now just for fun lets look at a wheel. Again the table updates as you work. You can do this for as long as you like. When you’re done be
sure to save your work. Saving overlays a data
summary on the image. Since the original image is unchanged you can always go back
to do some more analysis.

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