How to Make a Camera Calibration Pattern




Introduction: How to Make a Camera Calibration Pattern

Most computer vision problems rely on having a well calibrated camera, to know the focal length, center of the image and possibly undistort your image.

You can calibrate your camera using software, for instance by following this ROS tutorial.

To get good results a larger pattern is recommended, here is how to make one for $1.50

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Step 1: Print a Poster

Printing a large poster can be a bit expensive, and will require finding a print shop.

Instead I decided to use the online printing from UPS which is cheap and wildly available

I used PosteRazor to split a large check pattern to fit onto the largest sheets of paper that UPS offers (ledger 11x17 inches)

You can download the file for the patterns ready to print on 11x17 paper or legal paper 8.5x14.

If you have access to different kinds of paper, I recommend using PosteRazor to split the original file (use 0 for overlapping size).

Step 2: Assemble

For this step you'll need glue and optionally painter's tape.

I cut the extra margin on one of the two pieces of paper and used the remaining margin to glue the two together

I held the two pieces of paper together with painter tape before gluing them, as the check pattern needs to be relatively precise

Finally I touched up the black junctions with a sharpie.

You're now ready to run the calibration software

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    1 year ago

    Nice write up! For more flexibility in dimensioning the checkerboard pattern you could use this free pattern generator by (disclaimer: I made it)

    We also supply affordable rigid aluminium patterns if you are looking for more precision in your calibration.