And we all know that images are impenetrable black boxes, suitable only for putting pretty pixels up on a screen.
Like I said, how fscking stupid I am. So now I just have to decide which library to use, which probably means who has what bindings to which language I hate the least, including something with the ability to snarf webcam images without too great an excess of plumbing. Oy. I coulda done this back before I broke half the equipment I'm trying to extract data from.