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Binding RViz' view camera position and orientation to tf frame

asked 2012-07-18 02:09:56 -0500

updated 2012-07-20 20:23:17 -0500

Hello,

I am working on head-tracking application and utilizing RViz for visualization. I have 3 coordinate frames connected as /world -> /base -> /head.

  • /world - global frame
  • /base - head-tracker frame (fixed to /world)
  • /head - user's head frame in /base

The thing I am trying to achive is make user's head to be a 'camera' in 3D environment. Thus, I need to make /head frame to control RViz' viewport camera position and orientation. So far I managed only to bind /head frame position to the RViz camera by setting it to Target Frame. But frame orientation is ignored in this case.

Is there a way to control RViz camera orientation as well?

Thanks in advance,

Boris

UPDATE: Setting fixed frame to /world or /base does not help.

UPDATE 2:

$ rosrun tf tf_echo /world /base
At time 1342851117.156
- Translation: [0.000, 0.000, 0.500]
- Rotation: in Quaternion [0.500, 0.500, 0.500, 0.500]
            in RPY [1.570, -0.000, 1.570]
// -- duplicating messages -- //
$ rosrun tf tf_echo /base /head
At time 1342851130.635
- Translation: [-0.183, 0.029, -0.722]
- Rotation: in Quaternion [0.010, 0.269, -0.049, 0.962]
            in RPY [-0.008, 0.544, -0.104]
At time 1342851131.636
- Translation: [-0.176, 0.028, -0.732]
- Rotation: in Quaternion [0.037, 0.984, -0.176, 0.018]
            in RPY [-2.789, 0.049, 3.075]
At time 1342851132.631
- Translation: [-0.181, 0.020, -0.745]
- Rotation: in Quaternion [0.041, 0.978, -0.201, 0.025]
            in RPY [-2.739, 0.066, 3.072]
// -- and so on -- //
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What type of view do you have rviz set to? Orbit? FPS? etc?

Eric Perko gravatar image Eric Perko  ( 2012-07-20 20:40:37 -0500 )edit

I tried both Orbit and FPS, does make a big difference. I can see how /head frame is rotating with respect to RViz camera plane. However I need opposite effect - /head frame has to be completely fixed to RViz camera frame.

Boris gravatar image Boris  ( 2012-07-20 21:01:56 -0500 )edit

I am confused about your intention. Do you want the head and camera to stay fixed in rviz and the world to rotate as the head does?

joq gravatar image joq  ( 2012-07-21 07:47:14 -0500 )edit

@joq: Yes, that's exactly what I need. Sorry for confusion.

Boris gravatar image Boris  ( 2012-07-23 01:35:34 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-07-23 01:46:08 -0500

Looks like that "not recommended" option from Wiki suits my needs best, i.e. setting up both Target Frame and Fixed Frame to /head (moving frame).

P.S. I was ignoring this option thinking that view jittering is caused by such setup, but eventually it is because of head tracking errors.

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saved my life, are there any "official" support from rviz for this kind of need?

jiaxin gravatar image jiaxin  ( 2020-08-25 21:34:47 -0500 )edit
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answered 2012-07-18 03:52:48 -0500

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updated 2012-07-19 03:35:18 -0500

In rviz, try setting the fixed frame to /world and the target frame to /head.

If that does not work, there is probably something wrong with your transform broadcaster.

EDIT: What do these commands display?

$ rosrun tf tf_echo /world /base
$ rosrun tf tf_echo /base /head
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