Navigation and panels


This article talks about how to navigate in the 3D view, 2D view, original images, and display panels.

Navigate in 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 view, 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 on the 3D view.

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

  • Zoom to fit all content to zoom out the scene to the whole extent
  • Zoom to 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 view settings

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

  • Point size (13 - default, 0.5 - 50), to change the point size.
  • Camera size (1 - default, 0.01 - 5.00), to change the size of the camera thumbnails.
  • Sky background (on - default), to toggle on/off the sky shared.
  • Background color (black - default, grey, white), to change the background color.


    3D view settings in PIX4Dmatic.

Navigate in the 2D view

It is possible to view the Orthomosaic and DSM in the 2D view.

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

Navigate in the images

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

Important: To change the display of an individual image:
  • Hold Ctrl and left-click 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 the 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.

Display panels

Panels are available on the right side of the window. They can also be accessed on the Menu bar > View > Control panels.

The following panels are available:

  • Pix4Dmatic_image_viewer.jpg Image viewer: Displays imported images.
  • layers.png Content: Gives an overview of available inputs and results.
  • history.png History: Displays a list of performed actions. 
  • report_panel.png Quality report: Displays an overview of the project and assesses it's accuracy and quality.
  • processing_options.png Processing optionsIt allows users to change the processing options.
  • gcp.png Tie points: Opens the GCP table
  • Pix4Dmatic_status_center_icon.jpg Status bar: Provides information on the actions and details of processing.  

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