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Dashcam Georeferencer

A stand-alone application for extracting frames from a dashcam video and georeferencing them based on a GPX trace. Takes into account there could be several trace parts and a lot of videos (maybe recorded with 10 minute intervals).


First, a user should open all traces. Since we consider GPS time ultimately accurate, no adjustment needed there, just glue all these traces together (with holes, but no overlaps). After loading, traces lose their granularity and become continous lines, so we can align frames with subsecond precision.

On the contrary, video timestamps are mostly inaccurate (that’s why we need this tool). We can be relatively sure only of relative time intervals. We load videos one by one: maybe batch mode can be implemented later, if needed. New videos are appended at the end of last one georeferenced.

Also this tool in theory can be used to fix photo georeferencing, so it might be possible to load photos. But this is a bit harder (we need to read EXIF, and save it so image data is preserved), and not a priority.

Choosing images

It’s unclear whether images for saving should be chosen when opening a single video, or separately, after loading all of them. Probably the latter. Basically the only setting is frame frequency:


A trace with a lot of blue dots and a yellow one

Blue dot is a video frame, big blue dot is a frame to be saved. Drag big blue dot with a mouse to choose different adjacent frame to be saved (so you not actually “drag” a dot, but select another). Double-click a dot to make it saved, or vice-versa.

Yellow dot is a georeferenced frame. We know its exact location (well, to an extent). Georeferencing has subsecond precision, so when you drag a dot with a Ctrl, you make it yellow (there can be more that one yellow dot: linear scale) and can place wherever you like. There should be an option to prevent user from creating more than one or two referencing frames (so they have options to cancel or replace reference points).

When you hover over a dot, its direction of view is shown. It also should be adjustable, with options:

A frame that is selected (or hovered over, needs responsiveness testing) should be displayed near the map.


It’s simple: choose an output format (usually jpeg) and quality, and wait. Coordinates, direction and timestamps are written in EXIF. If source is photographs, just update EXIF fields, not changing other data.

Also allow for saving/restoring “projects”: a list of files and frames with associated data. Paths should be relative.