Hello friends,

After doing a lot of research in point cloud library,I came up with the successful integration of computer vision with point cloud library.

I hope you have opencv and pcl installed by now.If not see:

This post is the result of inspiration from

Since I was not successful in compiling and running the code from the blog mentioned above in ubuntu 12.04 I came up with another solution.

The code below filters the point cloud from a PCD file and visualizes it.

The code will work properly on every PCD file after you make sure the filter_limit parameters are set in a proper way.

Download the code from here :

Here goes the explaination:

#include <pcl/point_cloud.h>
#include <pcl/io/pcd_io.h>
#include <pcl/io/ply_io.h>
#include <pcl/point_types.h>
#include <pcl/filters/passthrough.h>
#include <pcl/visualization/pcl_visualizer.h>
#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>

These are the required PCL libraries

int a = 22;
int b = 12;
int c=  10;

These are pre-set values for the trackbar

pcl::visualization::PCLVisualizer viewer ("Get the view here");

This is the window to display/visualize stuff

pcl::PointCloud<pcl::PointXYZ>::Ptr cloud(new pcl::PointCloud<pcl::PointXYZ>);
pcl::PointCloud<pcl::PointXYZ>::Ptr cloud_filtered(new pcl::PointCloud<pcl::PointXYZ>);

Here we have declared two point clouds of type POINTXYZ,you can change the type according to your PCD file.

pcl::io::loadPCDFile (argv[1], *cloud);
pcl::copyPointCloud( *cloud,*cloud_filtered);

Now we have loaded the file into the cloud and then copied into the other cloud.

cv::namedWindow( "picture");
cvCreateTrackbar("X_limit", "picture", &a, 30, NULL);
cvCreateTrackbar("Y_limit", "picture", &b, 30, NULL);
cvCreateTrackbar("Z_limit", "picture", &c, 30, NULL);

This will look familiar to OpenCV users.For those who dont know this,it is a way of creating trackbars to control any parameter,here,filter limits.

pcl::PassThrough<pcl::PointXYZ> pass;

Creating an object of class PassThrough filter

while (!viewer.wasStopped ())

		pcl::copyPointCloud(*cloud_filtered, *cloud);

        i = 0.1*((float)a);
        j = 0.1*((float)b);
        k = 0.1*((float)c);

//        cout << "i = " << i << " j = " << j << " k = " << k << endl;

        pass.setInputCloud (cloud);
	pass.setFilterFieldName ("y");
        pass.setFilterLimits (-j, j);
        pass.filter (*cloud);

        pass.setInputCloud (cloud);
        pass.setFilterFieldName ("x");
        pass.setFilterLimits (-i, i);
        pass.filter (*cloud);

	pass.setInputCloud (cloud);
        pass.setFilterFieldName ("z");
        pass.setFilterLimits (-k,k);
        pass.filter (*cloud);

	viewer.addPointCloud (cloud, "scene_cloud");
	viewer.spinOnce ();

Iterating though the cloud,setting filter parameters and linking it to the trackbars.

Now for the compiling part.
1)Download this file and save it as in the same folder where you have saved opencv_pcl_filter.cpp :

2)Download this sample PCD file and save as test.pcd in the same folder :

3) open a terminal and type
a)chmod +x
b)./ opencv_pcl_filter.cpp
c)./opencv_pcl_filter test.pcd

And you will see something like this:
Screenshot from 2014-07-01 17:29:43

And thats it,we have successfully created a filter in PCL.

Thanks 🙂



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