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Allows the user to change the processing options and to select what the Quality Report will display. It contains 2 sections:
- Keypoints Image Scale: Allows to define the image size used to extract the keypoints.
- Quality Report: Allows to select what will be displayed in the Quality Report.
Allows to define the image size at which the keypoints are extracted in comparison to the initial size of the images. It is possible to select:
- Full: It sets full Image Scale for precise results.
- Rapid: It sets a lower Image Scale for fast results.
- Custom: Allows the user to select the Image Scale. There are the following options:
- Image Scale:
- 1 (Original image size): This is the recommended Image Scale.
- 2 (Double image size): For small images (e.g. 640x320 pixels), a scale of 2 (double image size) should be used. More features will be extracted and this will have a positive impact on the accuracy of the results.
- 1/2 (Half image size): For large projects with high overlap, a scale of 1/2 (half image size) can be used to speed up processing. This will, usually, result in a slightly reduced accuracy because fewer features will be extracted. This scale is also recommended for blurry or low textured images, as it usually results in better outputs than the full scale for such images.
- 1/4 (Quarter image size): For very large projects with high overlap, a scale of 1/4 (quarter image size) can be used to speed up processing. This will, usually, result in a slightly reduced accuracy because fewer features will be extracted. This scale is also recommended for very blurry or very low textured images, as it usually results in better outputs than the full scale for such images.
- 1/8 (Eighth image size): For very large projects with high overlap, a scale of 1/8 (eighth image size) can be used to speed up processing. This will, usually, result in a slightly reduced accuracy becasue fewer features will be extracted.
Allows the user to select what the Quality Report will display.
- Generate Orthomosaic Preview in Quality Report: The Quality Report will display a low resolution DSM and Orthomosaic. To display these elements, the Quality Report generation takes longer. Disabling this option, the Quality Report generation is faster.
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Hello, how are you?
I'd like to ask a question I have about Image Scale option. Well... I have a flight with GSD about 3.8 px/cm using Drone Anafi Work (~20MP). After processing step 1, the GSD may change a little bit.
My question is how does Pix4D Mapper perform this Keypoint extraction and then reproject them?
If I have a 20MP Drone what would the Keypoint extraction be:
1) 2 (Double image size): 40MP?
2) 1 (Original image size): 20MP?
3) 1/2 (Half image size): 10MP?
4) 1/4 (Quarter image size): 5MP?
5) 1/8 (Eighth image size): 2.5MP?
How does It reproject Tie Points using for example using the scale 1/2? Will it look each pixel of 10MP interesting then check the match with other images and reproject them? Is It the same thing on image scale on Point Cloud?
Could you explain better to me? I`ve checked the video Processing options - Step 1 General Tab on Pix4D Online Courses and didn't understand the Corrections on video.
Hi Paulo ;-)
Thank you for your questions.
Unfortunately, the example you shared with us is not correct.
Let me explain that to you.
Let's say you have 12MP image and you applied the 1/2 image scale.
The feature extraction algorithm will work on each pixel within the 3MP picture, not on 6MP as we have to reduce the vertical and horizontal resolution by 2.
The Step 1 or Step 2 are two different processes, with different objectives and substeps. Thus, they work differently. However, the image scale has the same role (in both) but a different purpose. In the Step 2 image scale defines the scale of the images at which additional 3D points are computed.
What is worth knowing is when the Multiscale option is enabled, and point cloud densification image scale is set to 1/2, the point cloud will be densified using 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 image scales.
I hope my reply helped you understand the process. Let me know if it is otherwise.
Many thanks for the didactic answer! Now I get it!!
What about the 3D reprojections on Step 1 (Tie Points / ATP) it will search homologous pixels in image pairs and reproject them, isn't it?
And on Step 2 (additional 3D points) it will do the same thing but we must select the density of this reprojection (4 / image scale). Could you exemplify this densification using the example 12MP camera?
In the sake of simplicity, let's say that first, the software is extracting features going through all the images considering the applied image scale. The software is computing those keypoints and writing them to the file (to remember). After this substep comes the second one where the software is generating pairs and computing matches from the keypoints found during the first substep. Later, the software starts with the camera calibration during which we rematch those keypoints as well. Just after the camera calibration substep is finished, we colour ATP and load them in the rayCloud to display. If you would like to review the whole Step 1, I encourage you to analyse the .log file of your project. If you would like to know more about this process, I can contact you with our training team. Let me know if you are interested.
Here, honestly, I'm afraid I don't understand your question. I can't give you any example as point cloud densification; how many points we will extract is based on processing options you apply and the content of the images. What I can add here is that the minimum number of matches is the number of images from which a 3D point is reprojected. In other words, it's about the minimum number of images on which the very same point is visible.
I hope it helps :-)
I'm so thankful for that! Now It's much more clear for me!! ;)
Oh, great! I'm happy that I could help you! :)
Hi, I have a question.
If I give a scale 2/1 for a 40 mp photo with a 1 inch matrix.
Will it improve the quality of the result or have no effect?
Time doesn't matter much to me, the computer is so efficient
We only recommend using the double image scale when processing images with low resolution, for example, thermal images. With standard RGB images we do not recommend using the double image scale, and we do not expect that it will improve the results.