As I mentioned last week, I work for a start-up called Hivemapper. We do 3d mapping from drone videos. Part of this process involves reading drone flight paths/gps trace logs. As those of you probably know, there are tons of different formats out there. Moreover, some companies cough DJI cough constantly change their output format without telling anyone. We’ve written various internal parsers over the last couple years, but rather than continuing to reinvent the wheel internally, we’d like to help build a better solution.
There should be a good lightweight, open source, general purpose, drone flightpath converter. Something that can take the various formats (.csv, .gpx, a dozen .srts, etc) and convert them into something standard like KLV. Similar questions may apply to extracting exif data from images. We’re looking at contributing to/sponsoring the development of such a toolkit. As far as I can tell, there are many one off converter projects out there, often connected to spiffy visualizations or other features. However there doesn’t seem to be anything that fills this niche of making any input data convertable to a standard format.
Based on this, I have a few questions for this community:
- Are there any projects that we missed that are trying to do this already?
- If such an open source tool existed, would it be useful to you? Is there any specific funtionality you’d want from it?
- Do you know of anyone who would be interested in being part of such a project?
Thank you for your time, I appreciate it.