ZED Stereo Camera ROS Node

This is a stereo camera ROS node for ZED camera, based on OpenCV VideoCapture API. The ROS node publishes left and right raw images and their camera_info.


  1. Obtain the factory camera calibration data file for your ZED camera with a script provided. Find the serial number of the ZED camera. The serial number can be found on the ZED camera box.

    cd $SDK_DIR/tools/stereo_camera
    ./download_calib_file.sh <serial_number>

    where <serial_number> is the serial number of the ZED camera.

    Then place the downloaded calibration data file (SNxxxx.conf) under $SDK_DIR/ros1/drivers/zed_capture/config folder.

  2. Generate camera_info YAML files, and undistortion & rectification look-up-table (LUT) files which are required in offloading the undistortion/rectification on TDA4 VPAC/LDC hardware accelerator. It is recommended to perform the following steps in the Robotics SDK ROS 1 container on the Ubuntu PC, and then “scp” the output artifacts to the TDA4 target host filesystem, under /opt/robotics_sdk/ros1/drivers/zed_capture/config.

    Run the following script:

    cd $SDK_DIR/tools/stereo_camera
    python3 generate_rect_map.py -i SNxxxx.conf -m <camera_mode> -p <output_folder_path>


    • SNxxxx.conf is the factory calibration data file obtained from Step 1, and

    • <camera_mode> is camera mode. Valid <camera_mode>: 2K, FHD, FHD2, HD, HD2, VGA (see Launch File Parameters section for description). If the -m argument is not provided, by default the tool will iterate for the following three camera modes: HD, HD2, FHD and FHD2.

    This script parses the calibration data and generates the following files under <output_folder_path>:

    • <SN_string>_<camera_mode>_camera_info_{left,right}.yaml: camera_info for left and right raw image,

    • <SN_string>_<camera_mode>_remap_LUT_{left,right}.bin: undistortion and rectification remap LUT for left and right raw images.

  3. Update launch/zed_capture.launch (launch/zed_capture_launch.py in ROS2. Remember to run colcon build after any modification) to modify zed_sn_str parameter. Also update relevant parameters in nodes/*/params.yaml files for each of demo applications.

  4. Build the ZED camera ROS node

    cd $ROS_WS
    # ROS1
    catkin_make --source /opt/robotics_sdk/ros1
    source devel/setup.bash
    # ROS2
    colcon build --base-paths /opt/robotics_sdk/ros2
    source install/setup.bash
  5. Launch the ZED camera node

    # ROS1
    roslaunch zed_capture zed_capture.launch zed_sn_str:=SNxxxxx
    # ROS2
    ros2 launch zed_capture zed_capture_launch.py zed_sn_str:=SNxxxxx

*** Note ***

For the cases where ZED cameras need to be recalibrated, we provides the OpenCV based calibration tool. For more information, refer to Stereo Camera Calibration.

Launch File Parameters

Parameter Description Value
zed_sn_str ZED camera serial number string string
device_name camera device name. Typically /dev/video2 on the target string
camera_mode ZED camera mode '2K' (2208x1242)
_ _ 'FHD' (1920x1080)
_ _ 'FHD2' (1920x1024)
_ _ 'HD' (1280x720)
_ _ 'HD2' (1280x720)
_ _ 'VGA' (672x376)
frame_rate frame rate at which raw images are published int
encoding image encoding 'yuv422' (default) or 'bgr8'

‘FHD2’ is a newly added mode that provides 1920x1024 resolution that is supported by the stereo depth engine (SDE) HWA. The images are obtained by cropping top and bottom evenly the original 1080p images captured from the ‘FHD’ mode.

‘HD2’ is a newly added mode that provides 720p resolution for experiments that need a longer focal length than the native ‘HD’. The images are obtained by center-cropping the original 1080p images captured from the ‘FHD’ mode.

When encoding is set to ‘yuv422’, the pixel format YUV422::YUYV from the ZED camera is converted to YUV422::UYVY format considering the compatibility with LDC hardware accelerator.

Data Collection Steps

  1. Connect the ZED camera to UBS 3 port (a USB type-A to type-C adaptor is required on TDA4 EVM). Check if the camera is recognized with ls /dev/video*. In a Ubuntu PC with a built-in webcam, the stereo camera can be recognized as /dev/video2.

  2. If necessary, update launch/zed_capture.launch to change video device, camera mode, frame rate, and etc.

  3. On the first terminal, launch the ZED capture node with following, and keep it running:

    $ roslaunch zed_capture zed_capture.launch zed_sn_str:=SNxxxxx
  4. On the second terminal, to capture into ROS bag files, run one of two examples below

    # Collect 15 seconds of data and stop itself
    $ roslaunch zed_capture recordbag.launch
    # Save into a series of bag files, each keeping 15 seconds of data, until terminated with Ctrl+C
    $ roslaunch zed_capture recordbag_split.launch
  5. (Optional to check the ROS topics) On 3rd terminal,

    $ rostopic list
    $ rqt_image_view /camera/left/image_raw

By default, ROS bag files are stored under ${HOME}/.ros folder.

Note: It is not recommended combining the zed_capture node and ROSBAG capture into a single launch file, since it takes some several seconds for the ZED camera to settle down its ISP tuning after the ZED camera node is started.