Manual Tracking with ImageJ

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Workflow Author: 

Fabrice Cordelieres; TrackMate developers

Workflow Language: 
2D time series
Comment / Instructions: 

The Fiji ImageJ distribution comes with several manual tracking tools, two of which are particularly useful:

  • Plugins->Tracking->Manual Tracking
  • Plugins->Tracking->Manual tracking with TrackMate (TrackMate is an advanced automatic tracking tool, with the option for manual editing of tracks)

The Manual Tracking plugin is quick to use, intuitive and produces easy-to-understand output. TrackMate has the advantage that automatic detection and linkage can be combined with manual input.

Pre-processing steps before manual tracking might include:

  • denoising and/or deconvolution
  • flicker and photobleaching correction, e.g. using Fiji's Image->Adjust->Bleach Correction
  • flat-field correction, and/or bandpass (ImageJ's Process->FFT->Bandpass filter) according to the size of the features of interest
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