20.2 Importing Images and Videos

Before perform image processing and analyzing routines, you must import/open your image into Origin.

Import Image and Video to Image Window

Importing/Opening Image(s)/Video

  1. Select menu File: New: Image: Image/Video

This way you can import single image/video file at a time.


  1. Select menu File: Open and select Images from file type drop-down list.
  2. Browse and select a single image file, or press Ctrl key to select multiple files in the file browser that opens.

This way you can import multiple image files at a time. Each selected image will be loaded to an image window.


  1. Drag and drop an image file into Origin workspace.

This will open the image in an Image window.

Supported Single-frame Image Types

Below table lists image types that can be imported into image window or matrix window.

Image Type Extension Support by
Bitmap *.bmp, *.dib both
Graphics Interchange Format *.gif both
Joint Photographic Experts Group *.jpg, *.jpe, *.jpeg both
Zsoft PC Paintbrush Bitmap *.pcx matrix window
JPEG 2000 *jp2 image window
Portable Network Graphics *.png both
Portable Images *pbm, *.pgm, *ppm image window
Truevision Targa *.tga matrix window
Adobe Photoshop *.psd matrix window
Tag Image File *.tif, *tiff both
GeoTIFF *.tif both
Windows MetaFile *.wmf matrix window
Enhanced MetaFile *.emf matrix window

Supported Multi-frame Image and Video Types

Below table lists multi-frame image and video types that can be imported into image window.

File Type Extension
Graphics Interchange Format *.gif
Tag Image File *.tif, *tiff
GeoTIFF *.tif
Video *.avi,*.mov,*.mp4

Import Multiple Images of Same Dimension into One Window

  1. Select menu File: New: Image: Multiple Image Files

This will open the imgstack dialog. You can

  • import all files in the specified folder, or
  • choose any files from different paths.

The selected image files must be the same image type and have same dimension. They will be stacked into one image window, one frame for each image.

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To import multiple GetTIFF images to one window, in the imgstack dialog, select Specified Files in the Source dropdown list, and add the imported file name by selecting in the folder.

Create an Empty Image Window

  1. Select menu File: New: Image: Empty Window
You can right click inside the image window and select Import to import an image. Or, paste an image to the empty window.

Import Online Image to Image Window

  1. Select menu File: New: Image: Web Image


  1. In an empty Image window, right click and select Import from Web
You can right click on an online image and select Copy Image Link/Copy Image Address to get the image link. PNG and TIFF formats are supported.

Import an Image to Matrix Window

  1. With a matrix window active, select Data: Import from File: Image to Matrix.
  2. Set the Files of type drop-down list, as needed. Navigate to the image folder and choose your file(s). Click OK. This will open the dialog of the impImage dialog.
  3. Adjust import options as needed and click OK.

For information on manipulating, analyzing and plotting matrix images, see Working with Images in the Matrix Window.

Save and Reload

  • The image file is imported by Data Connector. Similar to other connectors, if an image is too large (threshold file size: @FSE KB), it will be excluded when saving the project. Only the connection between the source image and the project will be kept.
  • If you want to reduce the project size, you can turn on this feature by right-clicking inside the image window and check Linked File from the context menu.
  • When you reopen this project, you will see an empty image window. Right click inside the window and select Import, OR, press Ctrl+4 to reload the image file.
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  • Right click inside an image window and select Source File Path, you can view the current path or change the image path to import another image.
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  • If the current project has been saved, you can check Relative to Project to save the image source relative to project path.
  • When import image from a path that is sibling or sub of current project path, Relative to Project is checked automatically.