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To create a project, follow these steps:
- If the images have geolocation:
Define the coordinate system and import the image geolocation information.
- If the software cannot recognize the camera model or it is needed to use different camera parameters:
Edit the camera model.
To create a new project:
1. Start Pix4Dmapper.
2. On the Menu bar, click Project > New Project...
3. The New Project wizard opens:
4. In Name: type a name for the project.
5. (optional) In Create in: click Browse... On the Select Project Location pop-up, navigate to select the folder where the project and results will be stored and click Select Folder.
6. (optional) Select the check box Use As Default Project Location to save all new projects in the selected folder.
7. In Project Type, keep the default option New Project selected.
8. Click Next.
On the Select Images window:
1. Click Add Images... to add the images.
2. On the Select Images pop-up, navigate to select the folder where the images are stored, select the images to be imported (it is possible to select multiple images), and click Open.
3. (optional) It is possible to remove images by selecting them in the image list (use Ctrl+click or Shift+click for multiple selection) and clicking Remove Selected.
4. (optional) It is possible to clear the list of images that have been added by clicking Clear List.
5. Click Next.
The New Project wizard displays the Image Properties window which contains 3 sections:
- Image Geolocation:
- Sets the coordinate system to which the image geolocation refers.
- Imports/exports the coordinates and, optionally, the orientation of the images and/or the accuracy of the coordinates.
- Sets the accuracy of the image geolocation.
- Selected Camera Model: Sets and configures the camera model associated with the images.
- Images table: Displays the selected images, as well as the group, position, position accuracy and orientation of each image and if the image is enabled or not (an enabled image will be taken into account for processing).
There are 3 optional steps to follow before clicking Next:
On Coordinate System, click Edit... if the image geolocation is given in a coordinate system other than WGS84 (default).
For more information and step by step instructions about how to select/change the Image Coordinate System: How to select / change the Image / GCP / Output Coordinate System.
If the image geolocation (position) information is stored in the EXIF of the images, it will be loaded automatically.
For more information and step by step instructions about how to select/change the Image Geolocation and Orientation: How to select/change the images geolocation and orientation.
A camera model needs to be defined in order to run a project in Pix4Dmapper. The parameters of this model depend on the camera that was used to capture the image. Most cameras save their name in the metadata of the image in EXIF format. This field is used to associate a given camera model to all the images captured with this camera.
The Selected Camera Model section, on the Image Properties window, displays the selected camera model. The camera model can be:
- Valid: A green check is displayed if the camera model is valid. A camera model is valid if it already exists in the camera model database of Pix4Dmapper or if there is sufficient information in the EXIF data of the images to create a new camera model that will be saved into the user camera model database. If the camera model is retrieved from the EXIF data, it is recommended to check the camera model parameters and, if needed, to edit them.
- Invalid: A red cross is displayed if the camera model is not valid. A camera model is invalid if it is not in the camera model database of Pix4Dmapper and if there is not enough information in the EXIF data of the images. In this case the camera model needs to be defined manually.
For more information and step by step instructions about how to edit the camera model: How to use the Editing Camera Model Options.
In the Select Output Coordinate System window:
1. (optional) Change the output / GCP coordinate system: How to select / change the Image / GCP / Output Coordinate System.
2. Click Next.
Ιn the window Processing Options Template:
1. Select a processing options template.
2. (optional) Select the box Start Processing Now to start the processing automatically.
3. Click Finish to close the wizard and start the project.
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