Multi-Marker Calibration Principles
In volumetric capture, Multi-Marker Calibration is a powerful tool which precisely calibrates multiple pointclouds within a single coordinate system.
Before we start, let’s understand the principles! You will be positioning markers across the Volumetric Capture Stage for a single purpose – to cover the farthest ends of the stage horizontally and vertically with the markers (RED and Blue dots).
Now go back to the Multi-Calibration Principles and make sure you really understood it 🙂
If you did, lets move forward. These are your settings:
For calibrating the multi-markers, you will have collect them a few times. At first we will collect the markers on the ground, later – the markers on a stand. Therefore you have a number of collections done indicated below the Collect button. You will need to use this Collect button a few times for different markers.
- Now put four markers on the floor, in the farthest corners of your Volumetric Capture Stage:
- Press Collect and wait a few seconds until the progress bars load.
The numbers of detected markers will become green as well as the first number in the number of collections done section.
You have completed the first Collection! Get your marker stand ready, as you will need it in the following steps.
Stand Markers Calibration
The stand markers are necessary for collecting the high points of each Volumetric Capture Stage corner. You will need two stand markers for this.
- For the best positioning of markers, open the 2D view in the main menu at the top right.
- Put both markers in the opposite corners. Make sure they fit in every boarder of the capture stage
- Position them in such angle that all cameras could capture both markers. Take a look at the 2D depth view – if any of the markers has gaps (showing that no data is collected) try to find a different angle. Markers should look as smooth as possible. Image below:
- In the Multi Marker Calibration section, press the Collect button again and wait until it loads. Make sure that both markers were captured.
If not, click the Undo button, fix the marker’s angle and collect again:
- Repeat previous actions with the same markers, but in different corners:
After you repeat the steps, you should have 3 green numbers in the count of number of collections done.
To make even more precise calibration, you can collect the markers in different heights and positions up to 10 times.
However, for a first try, 3 times are enough.
Matching the calibrated points
For volumetric capture, firstly you need to calibrate the cameras and then match the calibrated points in space. As you’ve collected all the markers, you probably see them splitting at the top.
It’s now time to match the pointclouds from both cameras.
- At the menu on the right, in the Calibration tab, scroll down to see the Inspector section. Click the checkbox marked points:
- Make these points bigger so you can see them better by clicking the arrow up:
- Lock the point size by clicking the lock icon, otherwise it will change if you move the scroll wheel on your mouse:
Your pointcloud should now have blue and red dots. Blue dots show the calibrated points from one camera, red dots from another. The closer red dots are to the blue, the better.
Your goal is to match these dots one with another, as close as possible.
- In the Multi Marker Calibration section, click the Match button:
- Wait a few seconds and you should see the red and blue points coming closer to each other:
A good practice is to rotate the pointcloud and check the matching points from top and/or other sides:
- Turn off the Red/blue view
- Turn off the Marked points