Navigation and control panels - PIX4Dmatic


PIX4Dmatic allows one to navigate the project area and outputs in 2D and 3D, as well as to work with the original images.

Navigate in the 3D view

It is possible to view the sparse point cloud, dense point cloud, images, and tie points in the 3D view.

Access: To access the 3D view:
  • In the menu bar, click View > Switch to 3D, or
  • Click the 3D button on the screen Pix4Dmatic_3D_view_icon.jpg, or
  • Use shortcut 3.

To pan, rotate, and zoom the 3D view:

  • Left-click to pan the 3D view.
  • Hold Shift and left-click to pan the 3D view on the z-axis.
  • Right-click to rotate the 3D view.
  • Use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out in the 3D view.

To access the predefined views, go to View on the Menu bar and click:

  • View all to zoom out the scene to the whole extent.
  • Focus on selection to zoom on the selected object.
  • Top View to view the scene from the top. The scene is zoomed out to display the entire scene.
Tip: It is also possible to use shortcuts to view the scene in predefined views.

3D viewer settings

Click Pix4D_settings_icon.png to adjust the following settings in the 3D view:


3D viewer settings in PIX4Dmatic.

  Default Range Description
Point size 13 0.5 - 50 Changes the size of the points in the point cloud.
Camera size 1 0.01 - 5.00 Changes the size of the camera thumbnails.
Tie point size 1 0.10 - 1.00 Changes the size of the tie points.
Object occlusion (m) 0.5 0.0 - 25 Transparency level of 3D outputs.
Sky background On On/Off Toggles on/off the sky background.
Plane normals Off On/Off Displays the direction of the planes.
Backface culling Off On/Off Allows backward transparency of 3D mesh.
Background color Black Black/Grey/White Changes the background color.

Navigate in the 2D view

It is possible to view the Orthomosaic and DSM in the 2D view with or without a basemap.

Access: To access the 2D view:
  • In the menu bar, click View > Switch to 2D, or
  • Click the 2D button on the screen Pix4Dmatic_2D_view_icon.jpg, or
  • Use shortcut 2.

2D viewer settings

Note: For more information see Preference settings in PIX4Dmatic to learn how to enable the basemap feature.

To choose which basemap is displayed under the orthomosaic.

  • Click Pix4D_settings_icon.png to toggle the Basemap settings in the 2D view:


    2D viewer settings in PIX4Dmatic.

Navigate in the images

Imported images are displayed in 3D and the Image Viewer.

Important: To change the display of an individual image:
  • Left-click and drag to pan on the image.
  • Hold Ctrl and rotate the scroll wheel to zoom in and out of the image.

To change the general display of images:

  • [1] Change the number of displayed columns.
  • [2] Use the zoom slider to change the zoom level of all images, or use Alt+Scroll. Once in the full-screen mode, Ctrl+1 (minimum zoom) and Ctrl+2 (maximum zoom) are enabled.
  • [3] Filter images and display All, Calibrated, or Uncalibrated images.
  • [4] Sort images and display by Distance, Reprojection error or Name.
    • Distance: The default option is to sort images by the distance of the image to the marked point.
    • Reprojection error: After marking a point in two different images, the reprojection error is calculated. Hence, the advantage to mark the highest errors first.
    • Name: Images are sorted based on the name of the image. It helps to detect images with similar content, as the image name typically follows a chronological order and shows neighboring images.
  • [5] Pix4Dmatic_view_all.png Maximize image viewer to display the image viewer full screen, or use the Ctrl+F shortcut
  • [6] Enlarge the selected image and display it on full screen.
Tip: After the Calibrate step is completed, images displayed in the Image panel have an additional icon:
  • Pix4Dmatic_green_check.png for calibrated images.
  • Pix4Dmatic_warning_icon.png for uncalibrated images.

Control panels

Control panels can be accessed on the menu bar View > Control panels.

The following panels are available:

  • layers.png Content: gives an overview of available inputs and results.
  • Pix4Dmatic_image_viewer.jpg Image viewer: displays imported images.
  • history.png History: displays a list of performed actions. 
  • report_panel.png Quality report: displays an overview of the project and assesses its accuracy and quality.
  • processing_options.png Processing: it allows users to change the processing options.
  • gcp.png Tie points: opens the Tie points table.
  • Pix4Dmatic_status_center_icon.jpg Status center: provides information on the actions and details of processing.  
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