Point cloud axis offset [closed]

asked 2019-08-27 20:27:25 -0600

3fmeow gravatar image

updated 2019-08-28 05:57:26 -0600

Hi, I used velodyne_driver and velodyne_pointcloud to convert the pcap files into pointcloud2 format and visualize them in rviz.I found that the axis of VeloView is somewhat different from that of rviz, the rviz axis appears to rotate 90° counterclockwise compared to the VeloView axis. What reason is this?

These are my specific steps, and they all run in separate terminals.

rosrun velodyne_driver velodyne_node _model:=VLP16 _pcap:=my.pcap _read_once:=true
rosrun nodelet nodelet standalone velodyne_pointcloud/CloudNodelet _calibration:=VLP-16.yaml
rosrun rviz rviz

Here are two screenshots of the point cloud at the same time,screenshots show the plane XOY and the z-axis outward. VeloView Rviz

Thanks in advance!

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Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by 3fmeow
close date 2019-08-29 21:57:59.238945


Maybe I didn't make myself clear. I have a pcap file that is collected by velodyne VLP16 lidar, and I put it in VeloView and rviz for visualization. However, the coordinate system displayed by the two tools is different. The image displayed in rviz appears to rotate the Z axis counterclockwise in the VeloView by 90°. If I keep the point cloud the same relative to the shape I see, the positive X axis in the VeloView becomes the negative Y axis in rviz. I tried to upload their screenshots, but I don't know why it didn't work, which is too bad.

3fmeow gravatar image 3fmeow  ( 2019-08-28 02:05:09 -0600 )edit

There is karma limit (20 karma I think) for uploading screenshots. I up-voted your question to give you some. In the meanwhile you can temporary use http://imgur.com/ for example to link your screenshots.

pavel92 gravatar image pavel92  ( 2019-08-28 02:46:13 -0600 )edit

Also in which frame is the velodyne_driver publishing packets and in which frame are you visualizing it in RViz?
RViz frames are x-forward, y-left and z-up

pavel92 gravatar image pavel92  ( 2019-08-28 02:55:17 -0600 )edit

On another point, I dont see any VLP-16.yaml calibration config in the git. Maybe try using VLP16db.yaml instead.

pavel92 gravatar image pavel92  ( 2019-08-28 03:13:56 -0600 )edit

Thanks for your help! The screenshot has been uploaded, and my yaml file is generated by myself with VLP-16.xml, the content is the same as vlp16db.yaml, It won't be a problem.

3fmeow gravatar image 3fmeow  ( 2019-08-28 05:59:03 -0600 )edit

Well it looks fine. Separate systems use different coordinate frames to represent data. What particular problem are you facing in your case?

pavel92 gravatar image pavel92  ( 2019-08-28 06:34:22 -0600 )edit