How to import and export layers - PIX4Dfields

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Import images

Import either drone images or an existing GeoTIFF.

1. Click the icon Import.
2. (optional) To import drone images (.jpg or .tif format) click IMPORT IMAGES.
3. (optional) To import an existing GeoTIFF file (.tif format) click IMPORT GEOTIFF.

Note:  After creating a project, it is possible to import and process imagery from multiple drone flights in a single project.  To process successive flights click on import_fields.pngimport after initial processing.

Import field boundaries and obstacles.

Different file formats can be imported into PIX4Dfields like Shapefiles, KML, GeoJSON and more.

  1. Click Boundaries on the left sidebar above the layer list to enter the boundaries mode.
  2. To import a field boundary, click Import shape on the Boundaries menu on the right.


    Boundaries menu.

  3. Select whether to import the shape as a Boundary or Obstacle.
  4. Navigate to the folder containing the file and select it.
  5. Click Open.
  6. To trim a layer with your boundary: Click Use to trim in the open edit dialogue of the boundary on the map or click trim on the selected boundary list item on the right board.
  7. In the TRIM LAYERS menu select the layers you want to trim and click Trim to do so.

Import annotations

Import annotations.

1. Select the layer where to add annotations.
2. Click the Annotate icon on the top right of the project screen.
3. At the bottom of the left sidebar, click on the menu icon next to ANNOTATIONS.
4. Click Import. The cursor changes to a “plus” sign.
5. Navigate to the folder containing required files and select.
6. Click Open.


Export features from a project for use outside the software.

1. Click the tab Export at the top right corner of the dashboard. 

2. Select the feature to be exported.
3. Select a destination folder, click Select Folder (Windows users) / Open (macOS users).

If boundaries need to be imported into "My John Deere Operation Center", follow the steps mentioned in How to export boundaries to My John Deere Operation Center - PIX4Dfields

Note: PIX4Dfields creates a .tif and .data.tif. file types when exporting an orthomosaic or a vegetation index layer. In the case of multispectral imagery, the .tif is a false RGB image of the data for easy to view and printing purposes. The .data.tif file type is a grayscale image that contains the true spectral data for its associate band.

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  • Mike powell

    What programs can I export my 3d buildings to.

  • Sam (Pix4D)

    Hi Mike,

    Pix4Dfields does not support 3D structures, for this type of functionality please use Pix4Dmapper.  The export types can be found here:

    For more general information about the export options to third party software can be found in the following articles:

    If you have a more specific question and are unable to find the answer in our knowledge base please reach out to us by clicking the button at the top of this page called Contact Support  

    Regards, Sam

  • Sam Chapman

    Hi Sam,

    how can i export from Pix4Dmapper?

    i dont see an export button?

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    Blaž (Pix4D)

    @Sam, there are two ways to export the 3D textured mesh:

    1. Directly in the Processing Options of Step 2. Point Cloud and Mesh.
    2. By right-clicking on the Mesh in the Layers section (rayCloud):
    Edited by Blaž (Pix4D)
  • Natália Veleda

    Boa tarde. 


    Estou em período de teste com Pix4DFields, e eu gostaria de saber como exportar as imagens já processadas para o Atlas Mica Sense, é possível? Se sim, como?
    Na versão anterior eu conseguia fazer esta ligação. 

  • Sam (Pix4D)
    Olá Natália,
    Infelizmente Pix4dFields não suporta exportar os resultados para o Atlas MicaSense. Nós estamos trabalhando com MicaSensa numa solução para suportar essa funcionalidade no futuro. Atualmente, você apenas pode exportar de um software Pix4D diretamente para o Atlas MicaSense se usar o Pix4DMapper.
    Saudações, Sam.
  • Felippe Kelling

    Boa tarde. 

    Realizei uma prescrição no programa e converti para shp, para que o arquivo pudesse ser aberto pela controladora mas o valor que constava era o valor atribuído no "rate [units/ha]" ao invés de ser "amount [units]". Isso está correto?

  • Sam (Pix4D)

    Boa tarde, 

    O shapefile contém os seguintes dados: 
    Coluna 1: "amount" = quantidade [unidades] / amount [units]
    Coluna 2: "area" = área [ha] / area [ha]
    Coluna 3: "avgValue" = valor médio / average value
    Coluna 4: "rate" = taxa [unidades / ha] / rate [units/ha]

    Você precisará verificar como sua maquinaria lê shapefiles e selecionar as colunas necessárias. 

    Normalmente, isso seria "rate" para alterar a quantidade de fertilizante / semente aplicada. Estamos trabalhando para melhorar a ferramenta de zoneamento e facilitar a exportação para maquinaria normalmente usada na indústria.

  • Disraeli Beber

    Na hora de realizar uma prescrição o sistema só aceita (ponto), e minhas maquinas só aceitam (virgula), teria como mudar alguma configuração para o Pix4d Aceitar a prescrição de taxa com (virgula) ???

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    Beata (Pix4D)

    Oi Disraeli,

    Pode você explica o problema mais uma vez usando palavras diferentes ou idealmente inglês? 

    Você usa Pix4Dfields ou Pix4Dmapper?

    O problema ocorre enquanto você importar GCPs?

    Pode você enviar uma captura de tela?

    Se possível, responda em inglês. Por enquanto nós não fornecemos o suporte oficial em português e mais pessoas poderão ver e entender o problema ;-)


    Edited by Beata (Pix4D)
  • Tomas Martinex


    I'm exporting an orthomosaic and it doesn't have any projection, and when I assign one it goes to a wrong place. Thanks! Tomas

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    Marco (Pix4D)

    Hi Tomas,

    Could you be more precise on the issue you are facing?

    Could you add the images, log file, *.p4d file, screenshots of your project here:
    one drive

    Then we will be able to investigate further and hopefully be able to help you,


  • Hugo Solari

    Hola, me podrias demostrar como se importa un shapefile?

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    Marco (Pix4D)

    Hola Hugo,

    Puede importar un shapefile usando la herramienta de importación de "Field Boundaries" ubicado en la parte inferior de la ventana.




    Como puedo exportar los analisis y ortomosaico creado en Pix4D Fields en archivos KML?

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    Marco (Pix4D)

    Hola Obed Media Aerea,

    Lamentablemente por el momento no es posible exportar ningún resultado en formato KML desde Pix4Dfields.
    Sólo se puede exportar KML (Orthofoto y mapa térmico) desde Pix4Dmapper.



  • Elias Kopty

    How to select specific point and to export the coordinates of this point to csv or txt file ..
    There is a way to do it in the web platform .. but i need to do it on the desktop version

  • Fernanda Bosmediano

    Hi Elias, 

    Currently, that can not be done in Pix4Dfields 1.4. However, this feature will be included in our future versions. It is definitely in our roadmap. 



  • Elias Kopty

    Hi fernando
    I don't have pix4dfield
    I have pix4dmapper

  • Fernanda Bosmediano

    Hi Elias, 

    You can export Manual Tie Points and/ or GCPs using Pix4Dmapper. You can find some guides here and here. I recommend you to post Pix4Dmapper questions on the corresponding pages. This is an article about Pix4Dfields. 

    Best of successes in your projects


  • Matej Tabačák

    Helou Pix4D,

    I have a question about support tractor mechanism. How mark tractor are supported in software installed in tractors. We have exports shape files from Pix4Dfields. Can you help me? Thank you.

  • Fernanda Bosmediano

    Hi Matej,

    We find very interesting that you are using tractors with our software. Could you please raise a ticket with this? Here I leave you the link to contact support. I will be waiting for it, to better understand your problem and assist you in the best possible way.



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    Momtanu (Pix4D)


    Adding to Fernanda's query, I would like to know which farm management software are you using in the tractor? I know John Deere had some issues before but you should be able to use the prescription map shp files.

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