Cloud georeferencing, annotations and measurements

How annotations are georeferenced

Annotations that can be created and exported from Pix4D Cloud are:

  • Markers
  • Distances
  • Areas (including their perimeters)
  • Volumes

Measurements rely on geolocation. The measurement unit, imperial or metric, is the one selected in the account settings. For more information: Cloud general questions.

Annotations in 2D and 3D are synchronized: once they are created/edited in one view, they are automatically transferred/modified in the other.

Fields and Model: Annotations created in the 2D view do not affect the 3D view and vice versa. It means annotations are not automatically transferred from one view to the other, when the projects are created under these licenses.

Measurements and markers have the following characteristics depending on the output coordinate system, known or arbitrary, and whether the images are processed on the cloud servers or not.

Default coordinates

  • Horizontal: Annotations have latitude and longitude in WGS84 in decimal degrees. Projects created under the Pix4dmapper or Pix4Dbim solution also have X, Y coordinates in the projected coordinate system of the project.
  • Vertical: In meters or feet according to the account preferences.
    • Images uploaded via Pix4D Cloud: Annotations have the same vertical system as the images, which also applies to all resulting outputs.
    • Project uploaded from Pix4D Desktop: Annotations have the same vertical system as the outputs according to the selected options. For more information: How to select / change the Image / GCP / Output Coordinate System.
Cases 2D view 3D view

Project is processed AND output coordinate system is known

Default horizontal coordinates.

Default horizontal and vertical coordinates.

Only results are uploaded


Output coordinate system is arbitrary

Two possibilities

1. The .tif file contains geolocation data (GeoTIFF format): Default horizontal coordinates apply.

2. The .tif is not georeferenced: Coordinates are computed with respect to an arbitrary project origin (0, 0).

Two possibilities

1. Point cloud (.las) is available: Coordinates are extracted from the uploaded .las file directly so the X, Y, Z values are in the output coordinate system.

2. Only mesh (.obj) is available: Coordinates are computed with respect to an arbitrary project origin (0, 0, 0).

Information: Simple .tif, .las and .obj formats do not contain geolocation data. Only the GeoTIFF format allows to georeference the file.
Important: At the moment, measurements are wrong by a factor of 3.28 with the following concurrent conditions:
  • The project is not processed on the cloud servers, only result files are uploaded.
  • The uploaded files have a coordinate system in feet.
  • The measurement unit is set to imperial in the account settings.
  • Measurements are made on a non-georeferenced uploaded results: Simple .tif, .las, or .obj formats.
To solve this problem, it is recommended to process the project on Pix4D Cloud as it generates the necessary geolocation information for web measurements in feet.

How to export and import annotations

Distances, areas, volumes and markers can be exported in three different formats:

  • GeoJSON (georeferenced annotations): Available both in the 2D and 3D views.
  • Shapefile (georeferenced annotations): Available both in the 2D and 3D views only under a Pix4Dmapper or Pix4Dbim license. Available only in the 2D view for Pix4Dfields. Not available for Pix4Dmodel.
  • CSV (properties of the annotations only): Available both in the 2D and 3D views.
Note: Annotations cannot be exported individually. The entire Annotations Layer is exported at once.

To export an annotation layer:

1. Ensure each annotation has the desired name and, optionally, a description.
2. On the left sidebar, click on the annotation layer's name. This highlights all the annotations of the layer in the current view.
3. Click cloud_download.png.
4. Select the export format. Clicking automatically starts the download.

For projects created under the Pix4Dmapper or Pix4Dbim solution, annotations can also be imported in the GeoJSON format, once they are exported from the Cloud, or in the shapefile format.

To import the annotations:

1. On the left sidebar, click the annotation layer's name.
2. Click import.png
3. Select the file format.
4. Browse for the desired file.

Note: For shapefile import, the entire folder with the 4 .dbf, .prj, .shp, .shx files should be zipped (.zip) and imported.
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  • Susan Myers

    Have imported zipped shapefiles into a cloud project before, but I must be forgetting something as this process does not work today in several projects I have processed recently.  I have tried using WGS84 shapefiles, and also shapefiles using the local projection that was selected for the processed outputs.  Do I need to have special fields in the 3D shapefiles?  As always, thank you.

  • Alice (Pix4D)

    Hi Susan,

    Does the zipped folder contain all the four files for each shapefile (.dbf, .prj, .shp, .shx)? How did you create the shapefiles you are trying to import into the Cloud? Do they come from an external source or have they been exported from another project of the Cloud?


  • Susan Myers

    Hi Alice,

    Yes, I have tried using a zipped folder with just the four files (.dbf, .prj, .shp, .shx), and I have also tried using a zipped folder with all of the files created by ArcGIS for the shapefile (*.cpg, *.dbf, *.prj, *.sbn, *.sbx, *.shp, *.shx).

    The shapefile was created by adding XY data to ArcGIS Desktop from an Excel generated *.CSV and exporting the data layer as a shapefile.  

    I will create an annotation layer in the cloud, export it, add my points to it, and then see if I can bring it back into the cloud that way.  Thank you for that idea.

  • Susan Myers

    Hi Alice,

    Thanks again for the suggestion to create an annotation marker, export it as a shapefile, add my points to the shapefile in ArcGIS, and then bring the zipped shapefile back into the cloud project.  Worked well.

  • Manuel Carpintero


    I'm triying to import a GeojSon files into my cloud project but t should be something wrong because it is not working.  The file is a boundary stockpile perfom in cad. Even I have used the the file with the  EPSG 4326  , is  not working. 

    Any sugestion? 

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