How to convert png pair of RGB and Depth frames into Pointcloud library PCD format

There are a lot of accessible dataset of RGB-D data:

http://vision.in.tum.de/data/datasets/rgbd-dataset
http://rgbd-dataset.cs.washington.edu/dataset.html
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/7-scenes/
http://www0.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/M.Firman/RGBDdatasets/

But usually it stored in PNG format and unfortunately Pointcloud library do not provide built-in function neither for treating it as a PointCloud nor for conversion it to PCD. For my experiments I need to test few points using data with ground truth estimation, thats why I have to code small utility for conversion purpose.

Due to sudden leisure I decided to share that peace of code – probably you can find it useful.

https://github.com/kruglov-dmitry/pnd2pcd_batch

From readme:

png2pcd_batch – simple command line utility to convert depth and rgb frames
from png format to PCL pointcloud.

There are 2 execution mode:
using file with association information i.e. containing rgb-depth png files correspondence
or just providing folders that contain depth and rgb frames ( not reccommended ).

In 1st case you should anyhow create associate file by yourself
(for further details check description of parse_freiburg function)
In 2nd case – correspondence strictly depends on file names, and you should check it twice,
to avoid situation when selected depth frame is not appropriate for rgb frame.
( add sorting to filenames vector using custom predicate )

All dataset related parameters are incapsulated in Intr structure ( intrinsics ).
There are: width, height, fx, fy, cx, cy, scale_factor.
Usually depth data is saved as unsigned short ( 16 bit ),
but in pcl::PointXYZ you have to re-scale it to float – metric measurment.

Appropriate intrinsics should be written to file cam_params.cfg otherwise
default values will be used ( which may lead to invalid output data ).

There are exist two opportunity for compiling:

using classical make:
edit WORK_DIR in Makefile to point in directory contained pcl-trunk & opencv
make
it produce more lightweighted version by avoiding linkage with unnecessary libraries

or using cmake:

mkdir build; cd build
cmake ..
make

NOTE 1: There are only two dependencies:
PCL and OpenCV.
NOTE 2: in case of builded-but-not-properly-installed OpenCV libraries you have to
manually create symlink to ipp lib:
sudo ln -s /path-to-opencv/3rdparty/ippicv/unpack/ippicv_lnx/lib/intel64/libippicv.a /usr/lib/libippicv.a

Note 3: it have built-in support for 16bit unsigned depth and 3-channel RGB data only, in case your data has another format you have to change code a bit
Note 4: do not forget to provide appropriate intrinsics for proper calculation of XYZ vertex

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