The new Kinect v2 is awesome, however for people who are not coding experts, it can be hard to get the data of the Kinect into a workable setting, like MatLab. This tool is meant as a solution to solve the problem of getting depth data from the Kinect SDK into MatLab. And no external libraries are needed! (except for the ones needed for Windows Kinect and Windows)
Furthermore, a class is also provided, which can be used to export any
uint16) array to a loadable .mat file.
I tried a few libraries (including
matio) for extracting the depth frames to .mat files. None of them seemed to work and therefore I decided to make my own .mat file writer. It's not meant to be an example of good coding, but rather a usable tool.
The main tool is called "
KinectMLConnect", which is both found as source code and .exe, ready to be built in VS (tested in VS 2013), or run directly in Windows.
(The .exe is located in: "KinectMLConnect\KinectMLConnect\KinectMLConnect\bin\Release".)
The tool simply listens for an active sensor (or for the Kinect studio sensor emulator), grabs the stream and exports each frame as a .mat file.
The interface is quite simple and self explanatory, and is shown here:
There are two options, extracting IR frames or depth frames. Due to a heavy amount of bit reordering in the program, I have chosen not to make it available to get both at the same time. This would probably cause the program to freeze and/or break.
By default, the frames are exported to "\%My documents dir%\Kinect to Matlab\TYPEframeXX.mat". The tool will overwrite previous frames, so make sure to move them to another folder! TYPE refers to Depth or IR.
Intrinsic parameters of the depth camera are saved to the file "Intrinsic parameters.txt" in the Kinect to Matlab folder. NOTE: Some problems have been reported on this, however, I have not been able to recreate the problems, so it is hard for me to debug them.
The frame timings are saved in a .mat file called "FrameTimings.mat" in the Kinect to Matlab folder. This file is set to a fixed size of 10000 elements giving roughly 6 hours of recording. If there is overflow, the world will end.
REMARK: The matrix extracted from this code is rotated 90 degrees, hence in matlab use:
And it should be right like this:
Included is also a class file, for the MATWriter class, which is the one used for the actual export of the frames. Its constructor (and only callable code) is given here:
public MATWriter(string name, string filepath, ushort data, int height, int width)
Hopefully it is very clear, that it is kept very simple, so that it is easy to use.
A new input string, 'name', is added to the function. This sets the name of the variable in MatLab. Since the .mat file writing is troublesome, this variable will be concatenated to 8 characters. Hence if you write "rainfall2008" only "rainfall" will be shown as the variable name in MatLab.
It cannot be used directly to export the RGB channels from the kinect, but with some Ninja tricks, it could probably be used for this purpose. (e.g. run matwriter for each channel in the RGB image)
To make it even more simple, I've added a matlab script, which should be placed in the "\%My documents dir%\Kinect to Matlab" folder. From here, it will run all the frames through and calculate the cartesian coordinates of each point and save the coordinates in the variables, '
wy' and '
wz' (with '
w' signifying '
At the end of the file, there is a small code snippet to display a frame with
scatter3 plotting, like this:
Points of Interest
If anyone would like to edit the MATwriter or dig into how a .mat file is created, see this pdf from MathWorks.
Also, I would like to refer to Vangos Pterneas, whose code I was inspired by.
- 10/19/2014: Updated main tool, included an option to choose between two types of extracted data, IR or Depth images.
- 10/16/2014: Updated main tool to extract the timestamps, and save them in a .mat file, called FrameTimings.mat. Also, the
MatWriter class is changed, so the name of the variable can be set as an input.
- 9/17/2014: Updated main tool to extract the instrinsic parameters of the Kinect v2 camera, and save it to "Intrinsic parameters.txt". In addition, a small MatLab script is added, which converts the depth frames to Cartesian coordinates and displays the point cloud.
- 9/16/2014: First upload, tool can export .mat files from Kinect v2 stream.
Feel free to contact me with any problems or questions.