Menu View > Map View > Processing Area

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Access: On the Menu bar, click View > Map View and then, on the Menu bar, click Map View > Processing Area.
Note: Only one Processing Area can been used.
  • It is recommended to include areas covered by images in the Processing Area, so as to exclude areas of low overlap that can affect the results.  
  • The Processing Area affects only the visualization of the Automatic Tie Points in the 3D View of the rayCloud. It does not affect the results of step 1. Initial Processing.
  • When the Processing Area is defined before step 2. Point Cloud and Mesh is processed, it affects the Point Cloud visualized in the 3D View of the rayCloud and the Volumes View and the results saved on disk. This Processing Area will also affect the results of step 3. DSM, Orthomosaic and Index. 
  • When the Processing Area is defined after step 2. Point Cloud and Mesh is completed, it only affects the Point Cloud visualized in the 3D View of the rayCloud and the Volumes View but not the results saved on disk. This Processing Area will also affect the results of step 3. DSM, Orthomosaic and Index. 
  • When exporting the Point Cloud, it is possible to take into account the Processing Area, even if it is drawn after step 2 is processed. For more information about how to export the Point Cloud: How to export the Point Cloud.
  • When the Processing Area is defined before step 3. DSM, Orthomosaic and Index is completed, only the results of step 3 will be affected. 
In order to take the Processing Area into account for the visualization of the Point Cloud and / or the generation of the outputs of step 2. Point Cloud and Mesh, the corresponding filter should be selected in the Processing Options. For more information: Menu Process > Processing Options... > 2. Point Cloud and Mesh > Advanced.

The Processing Area will be taken into account for the results of step 3. DSM, Orthomosaic and Index even if the Processing Areas box is not selected in the Point Cloud Filters. 

The Processing Area indicates the area of the project for which the different steps of processing will be applied. The area can be defined in the Map View if the project is georeferenced in a known coordinate system.



It contains 4 options:


For step by step instructions about how to select / draw the Processing Area: How to select / draw the Processing Area.



By clicking Draw, the information i0012 pop-up appears with instructions about how to draw the area:

Left click starts drawing.
Right click inserts the last vertex of the Processing Area and stops the drawing.
Esc button stops drawing and cancels the process.



By clicking Import..., the Select file pop-up appears which allows to load the area from a vector file (.shp or .kml):

  • Navigation window: Used to search for and select the vector file.
  • Open: Loads the file.
  • Cancel: Does not save the changes and closes the pop-up.
Note: The Vector file (.shp or .kml) has to be a polygon file (not lines) and can be given in any coordinate system from Pix4Dmapper's coordinate system database.



Available only if a Processing Area has already been drawn / imported. By clicking Edit..., the Edit Processing Area pop-up appears. It contains a table with the following columns:

  • Vertex: Each vertex of the area drawn or imported.
  • Latitude: The latitude of each vertex.
  • Longitude: The longitude of each vertex.



To edit the area, by changing the Latitude and/or Longitude values, double-click on the corresponding cells in the table.

The Edit Processing Area pop-up also has 3 action buttons:

  • OK: Confirms the changes.
  • Cancel: Does not save the changes and closes the pop-up.
  • Help: Opens the Pix4Dmapper help.



Available only if a Processing Area has already been drawn / imported. By clicking Remove, the previously drawn or imported area is deleted.


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