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Visualize extrinsic camera parameters


  • showExtrinsics(cameraParams)
  • showExtrinsics(cameraParams,view)
  • showExtrinsics(___,Name,Value)



showExtrinsics(cameraParams) renders a 3-D visualization of extrinsic parameters of a single calibrated camera or a calibrated stereo pair. The function plots a 3-D view of the calibration patterns with respect to the camera. The cameraParams input contains either a cameraParameters or a stereoParameters object, which the estimateCameraParameters function returns.


showExtrinsics(cameraParams,view) displays visualization of the camera extrinsic parameters using the style specified by the view input.


showExtrinsics(___,Name,Value) uses additional options specified by one or more Name,Value pair arguments, using any of the preceding syntaxes.


ax = showExtrinsics(___) returns the plot axis, using any of the preceding syntaxes.


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Create a cell array of file names of calibration images.

for i = 1:5
    imageFileName = sprintf('image%d.tif', i);
    imageFileNames{i} = fullfile(matlabroot,'toolbox','vision',...

Detect calibration pattern.

[imagePoints, boardSize] = detectCheckerboardPoints(imageFileNames);

Generate world coordinates of the corners of the squares, (squares are in mm).

squareSide = 25;
worldPoints = generateCheckerboardPoints(boardSize,squareSide);

Calibrate the camera.

cameraParams = estimateCameraParameters(imagePoints,worldPoints);

Visualize pattern locations.

figure; showExtrinsics(cameraParams);

Visualize camera locations.

figure; showExtrinsics(cameraParams,'patternCentric');

Specify calibration images.

numImages = 10;
images1 = cell(1,numImages);
images2 = cell(1,numImages);
for i = 1:numImages
  images1{i} = fullfile(matlabroot,'toolbox','vision',...
  images2{i} = fullfile(matlabroot,'toolbox','vision',...

Detect the checkerboards.

[imagePoints,boardSize] = detectCheckerboardPoints(images1,images2);

Specify world coordinates of checkerboard keypoints, (squares are in mm).

squareSize = 108;
worldPoints = generateCheckerboardPoints(boardSize,squareSize);

Calibrate the stereo camera system.

cameraParams = estimateCameraParameters(imagePoints,worldPoints);

Visualize pattern locations.


Visualize camera locations.

figure; showExtrinsics(cameraParams,'patternCentric');

Input Arguments

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Object containing parameters of single camera or stereo pair, specified as either a cameraParameters or stereoParameters object. You can create the single camera or stereo pair input object using the estimateCameraParameters function.

You can also use the Camera Calibrator app to create the cameraParameters input object, or use Stereo Camera Calibrator app to create the stereoParameters input object. See Single Camera Calibration App and Stereo Calibration App.

Camera or pattern-centric view, specified as the character vector 'CameraCentric' or 'PatternCentric'. The view input sets the visualization for the camera extrinsic parameters. If you keep your camera stationary while moving the calibration pattern, set view to 'CameraCentric'. If the pattern is stationary while you move your camera, set it to 'PatternCentric'.

Name-Value Pair Arguments

Specify optional comma-separated pairs of Name,Value arguments. Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name must appear inside single quotes (' '). You can specify several name and value pair arguments in any order as Name1,Value1,...,NameN,ValueN.

Example: 'HighlightIndex', [1, 4] sets the 'HighlightIndex' to patterns 1 and 4.

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Highlight selection index, specified as a scalar or a vector of integers. For example, if you want to highlight patterns 1 and 4, use [1, 4]. Doing so increases the opacity of patterns 1 and 4 in contrast to the rest of the patterns.

Output axes, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Parent' and a scalar value. Specify an output axes for displaying the visualization. You can obtain the current axes handle by returning the function to an output variable:

ax = showExtrinsics(cameraParams)

You can also use the gca function to get the current axes handle.

Example: showExtrinsics(cameraParams,'Parent',ax)

Output Arguments

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Current axes handle, returned as a scalar value. The function returns the handle to the current axes for the current figure.

Example: ax = showExtrinsics(cameraParams)

Introduced in R2014a

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