Stereo Camera Calibration update?

  • I have been trying to calibrate my two stereo cameras but the calibration keeps getting stuck on the 23rd rectangle.
    At first I thought it was because of my internet speed, so I connected via Ethernet with speeds over 150 mbps. This greatly improved the calibration speed but I still cannot get that 23rd rectangle to turn green.
    I’ve used the -t command, the -m command, but they’re not helping resolve my issue.

    voxl-calibrate-camera stereo -s 6x8 -l 0.040

    Does anyone have any ideas what the problem could be?

    In the YouTube video, there are only 10 rectangles for the left stereo camera and 10 rectangles for the right stereo camera.
    Then the option to manually add the extrinsic samples are allowed in the terminal by pressing enter to captrue at least two extrinsic samples.

    Has something been changed recently, because I am not given this option after 10 completions for both left and right stereo cameras.

  • Cannot calibrate my tracking camera either.
    My image looks different from the example pic for calibrating the tracking camera as well.
    Tracking Calibration_r.png
    Everthing inside the red rectrangle appears to be distorted, while everything outside appears normal (black and white).

    voxl-calibrate-camera tracking -f -s 6x8 -l 0.040

  • Is this issue only deriving from my side (setup/config),
    Or is this caused by VOXL Portal or server side?

  • Dev Team

    That thresholding is intentional to give the users an idea of what the calibrator is looking at. We perform a threshold over the desired rectangle then search for the checkerboard, so there's likely a lighting issue if you can't see the corners well enough. This can be fixed either with a bright overhead light or using you phone flashlight to light up the corners that are struggling.

  • @Alex-Gardner Thank you, I will try the tracking camera calibration with different lighting.
    What about the stereo camera calibration? Why am I not given the opportunity to hit enter in the terminal after both cameras have gone through their 10 extrinsic’s (20 calibration extrinsic’s)?

    extrinic 21

    extrinic 22

    extrinic 23 - cannot complete

  • Dev Team

    The targets that you were using are the intrinsics targets used to calibrate the lens of each camera, we used to have the extrinsics cal be manual entry, but we were eventually able to add targets to these as well, on any of the standard platforms that we sell these targets should all be attainable. If the checkerboard is out of frame on the second camera then there's an issue and your cameras are much more angled than they should be on our platforms, if you can see the board fine but it's not being recognized by the calibrator, then it's either a focus or a lighting issue. It looks like your setup has pretty bright lights directly behind the checkerboard, which could be causing problems for the thresholder, try to make sure that the primary light source in the area is shining on the board.

  • I tried the tracking calibration with more and better lighting. This still did not allow me to pass the first extrinic (red box). I was able to get the rainbow colored points to light up (constantly) and was able to even get the red extrinic calibration box to change to green for about 3-4 seconds. However, it could not pass the first extrinic.

  • @Alex-Gardner In the area that I am conducting the calibration in, there are actually another pair of fluorescent lights out of the camera view ( 4 sets of fluorescent light structures total). I am calibrating directly under two fluorescent light stuctures that are not viewable in the images I have provided.
    About angle of the cameras, I am using the VOXL CAM frame (like in the Seeker). This is the way it was delivered to me from ModalAI. How can I change the angle on the cameras when they are mounted inside the green frame? Is this possible?

  • Should I just manually enter the extrinic calibration for stereo and tracking cameras? If so, how can I do this?
    Or is there a different platform I can use to calibrate these cameras?

  • Thank you Alex, I was finally able to calibrate the stereo cameras and the tracking camera.
    You were spot on with the issue. It was because of the angle and focus on the stereo cameras and the angle on the tracking camera.

  • Dev Team

    @Kris Thanks for the feedback!

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