(iOS) How to process the PIX4Dcatch project with the depth information



PIX4Dcatch uses the LiDAR to capture the depth information of the surrounding during the image acquisition.  The LiDAR points will compensate for the lack of 3D points over reflective and low texture surfaces. This helps to generate a complete reconstructed model and also helps to generate a more accurately scaled model.

Upload the project with the depth information

Important: The option to upload the depth information is only available on the iOS version of the PIX4Dcatch app and with the devices (Apple iPad Pro 2020, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max) with the LiDAR. The project has to be uploaded to PIX4Dcloud for processing with the depth information and the images. PIX4Dmapper will not use depth information while processing.

1. In the Home screen, tap folder icon Pix4Dcatch folder icon, and select the project. 

2.Tap on the project to process. A different view appears with the images. 

3. Tap  Pix4Dcat upload icon . Then, a new upload dialog box appears with the uploading options. Select the Process with Depth (beta) option and the Generate DSM option will be automatically enabled. Then click on Upload.

Note: After toggling on the Process with Depth (beta) option, the Generate DSM option is enabled and cannot be disabled. The option to process with depth information is available on the latest iOS version 1.4.0 or higher.


In order to process the dataset with LiDAR, check the Process with Depth (beta), and click Upload.

Warning: Generate Orthomosaic option is not available while processing the project with depth information.

4. An email is sent when all images are uploaded and processing begins.
5. A second email is sent when processing is finished.
6. After the processing is finished, the results can be viewed and shared on PIX4Dcloud.

Disclaimer: The above workflow is in the beta stage. For any issue, post it on our community page



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  • Dennis Grabowski

    will there also be depth information for the processing in Pix4D Mapper in the future?

  • Kapil (Pix4D)

    Hello Dennis, 

    Pix4Dmapper doesn't support processing with the depth infromation and it is currently not in our pipeline to support it. If things change, we will publish it on our release note.

    At the moment, you have to upload the project to the Pix4Dcloud directly from the Pix4Dcatch app to use the depth information while processing.  

  • Michael Davis

    Hello Kapil,

    This is a cash grab. We paid for a pix4dmapper license to have all of the features available. We don’t want to rely on your cloud or internet service to process, and shouldn’t need to pay for the cloud features if we don’t need them. Put this in the pipeline, put it in pix4dmapper.

    Edited by Michael Davis
  • Marco Paccagnella

    Hi Michael,

    Unfortunately, this is not in the future plans for Pix4Dmapper.
    Pix4Dmapper develops different products and solutions. Not all new features can be implemented in Pix4Dmapper. 

    Our sales team can help you define the best solution for you.

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