Spiderweb deformation analysis with ProAnalyst
Biology professor Dr. Todd Blackledge of the University of Akron studies spiders and their webs. In this video, the tensile strength of an Orb-weaver spider's web is tested. The researchers place prey insects onto the webs to create impact motion and displacement. Later, the videos are analyzed with ProAnalyst to calculate the exact amount of web displacement.
The research team chose ProAnalyst for its perspective calibration and multi-point tracking abilities. Perspective calibration is perfect for videos filmed using non-perpendicular camera angles. ProAnalyst can track over 70 unique points on the web simultaneously.