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A calibration target is a standard vital in the testing and adjusting the color responsiveness of a device. While calibration targets may not be as crucial for vision systems as lenses, vision software, camera, or illuminations, they are essential in providing the highest accuracy level in machine vision applications.
A vision system's overall accuracy relies on all components involved and the total of their errors. The level of accuracy can rise with an excellent optical system calibration. That is why you need a high-quality calibration target to get the best results when dealing with a vision system.
Let's see in detail what calibration targets are and why you need one.
A calibration target is a physical object which consists of a specified calibration pattern and whose function is to act as a standard in the measurement and adjustment of the color responsiveness of instruments. The process requires very high accuracy to enable transformation generation with a similar degree of precision.
Machine vision applications typically need high correctness in measurement and alignment. Some robot guidance and 3D fields utilize the 2D sensor image to form 3D and robot coordinates.
Nevertheless, lense distortion or physical unit measurements like in millimeters may need a transformation of the coordinates of the distorted object in measurements with high accuracy. Examples include volume or size measurements, robot guidance, 3D reconstruction, and photogrammetry.
However, such requirements involve some calibration of the image as seen by your camera and reality. Therefore, we have to calculate a transformation using a geometrical model, and this is where the calibration target comes to play.
We can picture a famous scene using a camera showing the pattern array with high accuracy. Relying on the known locations of these patterns and the positions of the patterns (whether circle grid, target grid, april tags, or something else) measured from the scene's imaging, we can determine the camera's geometric model. We can use a calibration target to transform a pixel position on the image to, for instance, a millimeter position on the known scene.
Color calibration aims to adjust and measure a device's color response (output or input) to a known degree. It is the basis of the device's color characterization and profiling according to ICC (International Color Consortium).
When it comes to non-ICC works, calibration may denote establishing a known relation to a standard color space all at once.
The color space serving as the reference is the target, whereas the calibration source is the device undergoing the test.
Color calibration is a necessity for devices actively involved in a color-managed workflow. Its application is widespread in many industries, including television production, photography, gaming, engineering, medical imaging, chemistry, etc.
Input data may be from devices like image scanners, digital cameras, or any other measuring machines. The inputs are specified in multidimensional colors (typically in three channels: red, green, blue) or monochrome.
In monochrome, the response curve needs calibration. However, you may also need to specify the spectral power distribution or color coinciding with the single channel.
Usually, input data gets calibrated against profile connection spaces.
The selection of a valid source is one of the most vital properties in color calibration. If your color measuring source is not in line with the display's capabilities, your calibration ends up ineffective and providing false readings.
The primary disorienting factors on the input stage are due to the channel responses' amplitude nonlinearity.
When it comes to the multidimensional datastream, distortion arises from the non-ideal wavelength responses of each color separation filter. Typically, a color filter arrays together with the spectral power distribution of your scene's illumination.
The data then usually gets circulated in the system and transformed into a working space RGB for editing and viewing.
The computer sends a signal to its graphic card in RGB [Red, Green, Blue] form in the output phase during the exportation to a viewing device like a digital projector, liquid crystal display screen, or a cathode ray tube.
The dataset [R, G, B]=[255,0,0] indicates the device's instruction and not a particular color. This leads to red displaying red at its highest achievable brightness of 255, whereas the blue and green components remain dark. However, the final color displayed depends on two primary factors:
Therefore, each output device comes with its specific color signature, relaying a particular color depending on material degradation via usage and aging besides manufacturing tolerances. If, for instance, this device is a printer, other factors, including the quality of your ink and paper, will also contribute to the distortion.
The standard compliance and conductive capacity of circuitry, connecting cables, and equipment may also mess with the electrical signal at any time during the signal flow. For example, an inserted VGA connector may lead to a monochromatic display if some pins get disconnected.
Color perception depends on light levels and ambient white points. For instance, a red object, if placed in blue light, appears black. Hence, it is impossible to attain calibration that enables a device to appear consistent and correct in all viewing or capture conditions. A computer's target and display need consideration in predefined and controlled lighting conditions.
Calibration targets focus on adjusting scanners, cameras, printers, and monitors for photographic reproduction. The goal of these targets is for a photograph's printed copy to look identical in dynamic range and saturation as the standard or a source file from a computer display. This indicates that you need to perform three independent calibrations:
These goals can get achieved either by:
In ICC, the above refers to the Profile Connection Space (PCS).
Camera calibration requires known calibration targets to get photographed and the resultant output from cameras to get translated into color values. We can build a correction profile using the dissimilarities between known standard values and the camera's result values.
Color mapping is applicable when two or several cameras require calibration relative to each other to reproduce similar color values within imaging systems.
When producing a scanner profile, the device needs a calibration target source. An example is an IT8 calibration target, an original comprising of numerous small color fields, measured by a developer using a photometer.
The machine scans the original then compares its scanned color values to the reference values of the calibration target. An ICC profile gets formed depending on the differences in the values. This relates a device's particular RGB color space to an independent color space (CIELAB color space). For this reason, the scanner can output with color accuracy to what it scans.
A colorimeter gets attached flat on the display surface with protection against ambient light during monitor calibration. The calibration program such as April Tags channels a set of color signals to this display and compares the sent values against those from the calibration device. This determines the offsets in the color display.
Depending on the monitor type and the calibration software used, the program may develop a correction matrix (for instance, an ICC profile) for the color values before translation to the display or relays guidelines for adjusting the display's contrast/ brightness and RGB values via the on-screen display.
In effect, the display tunes to form a relatively accurate in-gamut part of the intended color space. Calibration targets for this type of calibration are those of print stock paper lit at 120 cd/m2 by D65 light.
Comparing a background reference file with a test print result enables forming an ICC profile for printers. The test chart has CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key) colors, whose L*a*b* color offsets lead to an ICC profile.
Another way to ICC profile printers is by using calibrated scanners as the measuring devices for the printed CMYK test chart rather than a photometer.
A calibration profile is crucial for every printer/ink/paper combination.
As seen in the previous section, high accuracy measurement or alignment systems need calibration to offer results with high precision. Distortions always exist in lenses, whether they function as telecentric or otherwise.
Besides the usual cushion distortion and barrel distortion, the camera's construction may not be parallel to a scene, or failure of coinciding between the lens and camera can result in keystone distortion. However, a calibration target can help in the calculation of the so-called extrinsic and intrinsic transformations.
For instance, if a manufacturer provides a 0.1% optical distortion for a telecentric lens and we capture an image with a 100mm viewing field, we can calculate a 0.1mm error in the fringing field. Such an error is acceptable for multiple systems. However, we can utilize a target to calibrate and rectify the measurement and eliminate it. That is where a high accuracy system is different from a low accuracy one.
There are a number of applications where calibration targets come in handy. These include:
1. Correcting an image's aspect ratio when it is not 1:1
2. Rectifying the perspective distortion that results from a tilted camera installation
3. Fixing a spheroidal distortion in a wide-angle lens
4. Retuning barrel distortion, radial distortion, nonlinear distortion, or cushion distortion of FA lenses
5. Fixing the improper positioning of the camera's sensor
Typically, the price of a custom-designed calibration target is higher than that of ready-made options because of the additional features. The adjusted properties result in approximately 50% more expenses depending on the material type, features and finish options selected.
The target needs to occupy most of your camera's field of view (FOV) at the preferred working distance. Getting calibration details from the edges of the images is vital in determining lens distortion parameters. Regardless, most software packages need the visibility of the entire calibration target in all images.
There is much calibration targets can do, whether you are in search of any high-precision calibration target or want to get a customized calibration target. Once you understand the accuracy calibration targets can provide, you wouldn't want to land on anything short of quality.
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