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Camera Calibration using Vanishing Points

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This paper describes a method for measuring the intrinsic parameters of a camera. If aspect ratio is already known, the method requires two images of a plane; if aspect ratio is not known, the method requires three images of the plane. (Equivalently, one image of n planes could be used instead of n images of one plane). The plane must be marked with four points in known configuration.

This work was supported by SERC Grant No GR/G30003. PAB is in receipt of a SERC studentship.

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Beardsley, P., Murray, D. (1992). Camera Calibration using Vanishing Points. In: Hogg, D., Boyle, R. (eds) BMVC92. Springer, London.

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