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New dataset > Processing options > Templates - PIX4Dcloud

Create a new dataset to start processing imagery and create maps and digital twins of the reality or upload outputs to PIX4Dcloud.

Access: To select the output coordinate system and the project template, navigate to step 3 of the project wizard.

This step allows the user to select a processing template for the project. Different processing templates are available:

  • 3D maps: Generates a point cloud, 3D textured mesh, orthomosaic, and DSM. It is ideal for aerial RGB images acquired using a grid flight plan with high overlap, mostly oriented towards the ground. Typical applications are quarries, cadasters, etc.
    Note that this template can be processed with different types of pipelines
    • PIX4Dmapper compatibility: This option processes the project with the PIX4Dmapper engine, which may present limitations in terms of processing power and the quality of the results. The Export to PIX4Dmapper option is available when the project is finished processing.
    • New pipeline: Currently, this pipeline is offered as the default processing engine in this template. This pipeline is only effective for nadir flights. Vertical coordinate systems and geoids are now supported compared to the old engine, with faster processing and high-quality results. For more information, New 3D maps processing pipeline.
  • 2D orthomosaic: Generates an orthomosaic. Ideal for RGB aerial images acquired using a grid flight plan with high overlap on flat terrain, for example, agricultural fields.
    The quality needed for the outputs can be specified between:
    • Quality: Good output quality with high accuracy. Processing times longer than the Rapid option are expected.
    • Rapid: Lower output quality. Faster for assessing the quality of the acquired dataset.
  • 3D models: Generates a 3D textured mesh and point cloud. Ideal for any RGB images with a high amount of overlap, such as images taken from the ground or oblique aerial images (free flight). Application examples are 3D models of buildings, objects, ground imagery, indoor imagery, inspection, etc.
    The quality needed for the outputs can be specified between:
    • Quality: Good output quality with high accuracy. Processing times longer than the Rapid option are expected.
        • Building reconstruction: Improve the quality of the outputs for building projects with homogeneous facades.
    • Rapid: Lower output quality. Faster for assessing the quality of the acquired dataset.
  • AG multispectral: Generates an NDVI map for precision agriculture. Ideal for aerial images from multispectral cameras with band-dedicated sensors, acquired with high overlap using a grid flight plan.
Important: The list of supported multispectral cameras and images can be found in How to process agriculture projects on PIX4Dcloud.

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Once the processing template has been selected:

  1. (For PIX4Dcloud users) Select Create to finalize the dataset creation. The upload of the inputs starts.
    (For PIX4Dcloud Advanced users) Select Next and follow the instructions for step 4. GCPs automation.