I am looking to detect or classify a jersey number from a sporting event such as hockey in a video, I have tried VNRecongnizeTextRequest but do not get good results is there a better way to do such a task? Would I be better off creating my own model for this?

The results should have improved a bit using Revision3 of the VNRecognizeTextRequest. You could try that first.

Or you could train a custom classifier but that requires loads of images to get good results from that.

When text gets deformed on fabric or obscured it gets very difficult to read.

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