2D/3D view - PIX4Dcloud

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The photogrammetric results are available in the 2D/3D view only after the corresponding processing steps have been performed and the outputs optimized for their web visualization.

Layers

On the left panel, the Layers are displayed. The available ones are the following.

 
Note: The available layers depend on the processing options applied, the image, and the solution used.
  • annotation.png Annotations: It consists of a group of measurement objects that can be:
    • Distances
    • Areas
    • Circles
    • Volumes
    • Markers
    • Inspections
  • generic_dataset__1_.png Outputs: It gathers the following outputs generated during the photogrammetric processing
    • orthomosaic.png Orthomosaic
    • dsm.png DSM
    • point_cloud.pngPoint cloud
    • mesh.png3D Textured Mesh
    • ndvi.png Index
  • layers__1_.png Overlays: It gathers the CAD Overlays uploaded to the site.
  • tie_points.jpg GCPs: It includes GCPs and checkpoints detected and marked by the AutoGCPs functionality. For more information: GCPs layer.
 
Tip: The order of the Layers and the items in the Layers can be changed by drag-and-drop.

Filter by name or tag

When looking for a layer or an item of a layer in the Layers panel, the filter is a helpful tool to narrow the search.

At the top of the Layers tab,

  • To filter by name: type in the layer's name or its item.
  • To filter by tag: type the tag that has been previously assigned to this one to speed up the search process.

2D/3D view

 
Note: The 3D view is available after the point cloud / 3D mesh has been generated. Before that, the 2D view is the only view displayed.

The user can switch between the 2D and 3D view, clicking 2D or 3D next to the basemap selector.

  • The 2D view shows the annotations in 2D and the 2D outputs.
  • The 3D view shows the annotations in 3D and the 3D outputs.

The basemap selector allows switching between the Streets and Satellite Maps of Mapbox.

2D/3D tools

These tools allow the user to select, modify, and create annotations in the 2D and 3D views. A detailed explanation is available in 2D/3D tools and annotations.

Visualization settings and commands

  • north-16.pngNorth indicator: Indicates the position of the north when outputs are rotated in the 2D/3D view.
  • settings.png Viewer settings
    • In 2D, it allows to define:
      • The visualization of the labels (measurements and names) on the annotations.
    • In 3D, it allows to define: 
      • The color of the background.
      • The visualization of the labels (measurements and names) on the annotations.
      • The number of millions of points to be displayed in the model.
      • Camera control: Focused or First person modes available.
      • Texture resolution: Three types of textures mesh can be selected. 2k x 2k, 8k x 8k (default), 16k x 16k.
         
        Information:
        • When processing directly on PIX4Dcloud, the 3D mesh resolution is always 8k x 8k.
        • The 16 x 16k option is only available if the 3D mesh is uploaded as an input for visualization or if the project is created in PIX4Dmapper (selecting that resolution for the mesh in the processing options) and is uploaded for processing to PIX4Dcloud.
          3d_mesh_selection.jpg
  • save_view.jpg Save view as default view:
    • In 2D:
      • It allows one to define a default 2D view that will persist every time the 2D view of the project is opened by the owner or shared with stakeholders. 
    • In 3D:
      • It allows one to define a default 3D view that will persist every time the 3D view of the project is opened by the owner or shared with stakeholders
  • camera.png Take a screenshot: The command takes a JPG screenshot from the active view at the current zoom level and without the user interface.
    • In 2D, the screenshot contains:
      • The selected 2D layers with the selected basemap,
      • The active annotations with their labels, if displayed.
    • In 3D, the screenshot contains:
      • The selected 3D layers with the selected background color,
      • The active annotations with their labels, if shown.
  • focus_on_gps_position.png Show my current position: (only available in 2D) It shows the user's current position. A pop-up message from the web browser will ask for permission to track the user's location if not allowed yet.
  • focus_on_selection.png Center Map: It allows centering the map/model onto a central point of view.
  • zoom_in.png Zoom In: It allows to zoom into the map/model.
  • zoom_out.png Zoom Out: It allows to zoom out of the map/model.

Layers details

The user can specify details and settings for the different output and annotation layers and their items.

 
Note: The name and the tags associated with the layers can be used to filter the Layers tab when searching for a specific layer or item.

Annotations, Line, Polygon, Circle, Volume, Marker, Inspection

A detailed description of these layers can be found at 2D/3D tools and annotations.

Orthomosaic

When clicking the Orthomosaic layer, the details panel opens on the right.

 

  • Name
  • (optional) Description
  • (optional) Tags
  • Settings
    • Visible: set the layer as visible or not visible.
    • Opacity: adjust the opacity level from 0 to 100.

DSM

When clicking the DSM layer, the details panel opens on the right.

 

  • Name
  • (optional) Description
  • (optional) Tags
  • Settings
    • Visible: set the layer as visible or not visible.
    • Opacity: adjust the opacity level from 0 to 100.
    • Elevation: define the elevation interval of the points to be displayed in the layer.

Point Cloud

When clicking the Point Cloud layer, the details panel opens on the right.

 

  • Name
  • (optional) Description
  • (optional) Tags
  • Settings
    • Visible: set the layer as visible or not visible.
    • Elevation: enable this option to color the Point Cloud points with a color scale reflecting the elevation gradient.
    • Point size mode: options are adaptive and fixed. More information in: How to optimally visualize the Point Cloud in 3D.
    • Point size: magnify the size of the points from a factor of 0.05 to 10.

3D Textured Mesh

When clicking the 3D Textured Mesh layer, the details panel opens on the right.

 

  • Name
  • (optional) Description
  • (optional) Tags
  • Settings
    • Visible: set the layer as visible or not visible.
    • Opacity: adjust the opacity level from 0 to 100.

Index

When clicking the Index layer, the details panel opens on the right.

 

  • Name
  • (optional) Description
  • (optional) Tags
  • Settings
    • Visible: set the layer as visible or not visible.
    • Field: Index distribution values of created Field boundaries are displayed in this section.
    • Histogram: The x-axis shows the range of the pixel values in the selected layer. The y-axis shows the frequency of pixels with a specific value.
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