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What is PIX4Dmatic?
What is the difference between PIX4Dmatic and PIX4Dmapper?
Do I have access to PIX4Dmatic if I have a PIX4Dmapper license?
What are the required hardware specifications to run PIX4Dmatic?
Which operating systems are supported by PIX4Dmatic?
Can PIX4Dmatic be used with no internet connection?
How can I try PIX4Dmatic?
How can I download PIX4Dmatic?
How much does PIX4Dmatic cost?
How many computers can be bound to the same account?
Does PIX4Dmatic run on the cloud or locally?
What are the inputs and outputs of PIX4Dmatic?
What is the highest number of images that can be processed with PIX4Dmatic?
What cameras are supported by PIX4Dmatic?
Will PIX4Dmatic support my RTK/PPK workflow?
How to generate a DTM and volumes in PIX4Dmatic?
Can terrestrial images be processed in PIX4Dmatic?
What coordinate systems are supported by PIX4Dmatic?
Does PIX4Dmatic support geoid models?
What is the accuracy of the PIX4Dmatic results?
Where can I submit the PIX4Dmatic product feedback and feature requests?
How can I get technical support for PIX4Dmatic?
PIX4Dmatic is a Pix4D product optimized for accurate and fast photogrammetric processing for large scale, corridor and terrestrial projects. It is designed to handle and process thousands of images with ease while maintaining survey-grade accuracy.
PIX4Dmatic is optimized for corridors and large datasets of more than 5000 images with standard camera resolutions such as 12MP, 21MP, 42MP and has no limit on the size of images. Furthermore, PIX4Dmatic fully supports the terrestrial PIX4Dcatch workflow with LiDAR and RGB images processing, as well as a fusion of both results. Finally, learning the software is easier due to the well thought user experience. PIX4Dmatic is faster and more reliable than PIX4Dmapper for such projects:
The calibration step and densification steps are faster in PIX4Dmatic compared to PIX4Dmapper.
The DSM generation is significantly faster in PIX4Dmatic (up to 82% faster) and the orthomosaic generation is successful even for large projects.
A dataset with 5294 images processed almost 70% faster in PIX4Dmatic compared to PIX4Dmapper.
No. PIX4Dmatic is a stand-alone product and needs a valid PIX4Dmatic license. A free trial is available for everyone who wants to try. For more information about how to get a trial, please see: PIX4Dmatic trial, sign up, and login
For more information about hardware specifications: PIX4Dmatic Recommended Hardware.
PIX4Dmatic runs on Windows 10 and macOS.
No, to use PIX4Dmatic an internet connection is required.
For more information about how to get a trial, please see: PIX4Dmatic trial, sign up, and login.
The latest PIX4Dmatic release is available on the Pix4D download page.
Pricing plans for the product are available on the Pix4D online store.
Each PIX4Dmatic license is paired with a Pix4D account. It can run on one computer at a time, but the license is floating and can be used on any computer.
PIX4Dmatic is a desktop-only application that runs locally on Windows or macOS. The results can be uploaded to PIX4Dcloud in order to be easily shared. For more information, please see: How to upload results and outputs to PIX4Dcloud.
The main PIX4Dmatic inputs are images and ground control points (GCPs). Once processed, it is possible to export dense point clouds, 3D Textured Mesh, DSM, and orthomosaic. It is also possible to import processed PIX4Dmatic projects into PIX4Dsurvey to:
- Vectorize the project.
- Use the Terrain filter, Grid of points and TIN (see DTM workflow in PIX4Dsurvey).
- Calculate volumes.
The full list of input files is available here: Inputs.
The full list of output files is available here: Outputs.
The highest number of images that can be processed with PIX4Dmatic will depend on the processing hardware. Theoretically, the algorithms will scale to any number of images. In practice, we were able to run datasets of 10'000+ images on the PIX4Dmatic Recommended Hardware without issues, which shows there is more potential. Get a trial of PIX4Dmatic and try with your large datasets to help us find the limit. If you encounter any issues, please contact our support team to investigate further.
Compatible with any RGB camera with basic EXIF/XMP tags. There is no sensor size restriction and it is possible to use large frame sensors.
You can import image geolocation and orientation using a text file if it is not written directly in the EXIF of images.
For more information about the supported cameras, please see: Which cameras are supported in PIX4Dmatic.
If you have questions about a specific camera, please comment on Pix4D community. The Pix4D team regularly monitors the requests and updates the Community.
Yes, RTK/PPK workflow is fully supported in PIX4Dmatic. Accurate image geolocation and orientation values can be written directly in the EXIF of images or imported in a separate .csv or .txt file.
More in the Image geolocation and orientation import format article.
It is not possible to generate a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) and compute volumes directly in PIX4Dmatic.
However, you can simply open any PIX4Dmatic project in PIX4Dsurvey and use the generated point cloud for further analysis and feature extraction. PIX4Dsurvey can be used to generate a DTM and calculate volumes.
Yes, terrestrial and oblique imagery are supported in PIX4Dmatic. Furthermore, there is a dedicated workflow for terrestrial acquisition with an application for 3D scanning named PIX4Dcatch running on both iOS and Android. Both RGB images and LiDAR of mobile and tablet devices can be used for an optimal modelling experience.
PIX4Dmatic uses the latest coordinate system libraries in order to make sure the latest parameters are used.
By default, the input coordinate system is set to WGS 84 geographic coordinate system. If no GCPs are used, the results will be in the corresponding UTM zone.
It is however possible to select a different input coordinate system by either writing specific xmp tags into the metadata of images or by using the Import image geolocations and orientations... feature.
The coordinate system of the project and Tie points can be changed in the Tie points dialog.
More in the How to work with coordinate systems in PIX4Dmatic article.
PIX4Dmatic also includes support for horizontal grid corrections and several geoid models.
Yes, PIX4Dmatic supports global geoids (EGM84, EGM96, and EGM2008) and local geoids, for example, GEOID12B in the US and OSGM15 in the UK.
For local geoids that are not included in the PIX4Dmatic database, it is possible to specify the Geoid height value to convert between ellipsoidal and orthometric heights.
To see the list of supported geoid models check the How to use vertical coordinate systems and geoids in PIX4Dmatic article.
If the geoid you use is missing, please add a comment on the Pix4D community.
The accuracy depends on the Ground Sampling Distance (GSD), the camera, the area being mapped, and the use of GCPs. For more information: Accuracy of PIX4D outputs.
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