2006-02-26

Camera Calibration

I'm working on a side project of mine involving a webcam, a projector and shadows. Anyways, webcams only have very small lenses and thus a strong fisheye distortion effect towards the edges. I needed a way to get rid of that. I dug out my copy of the excellent open source OpenCV image library and found a nice little function to do that for me. You can see the result in this post. The first image is the original, distorted one, the second is the undistorted version and the third shows the calibration object pattern detection. Next step is getting rid of the trapezoid distortion which should be far easier since it only involves a linear transformation as opposed to the radial lens distortion. Finding suitable reference points will be interesting though (or pins as such fix points are called in GIS applications).