The tutorial below describes the aerial data processing without ground control points (GCPs) in the Agisoft Metashape Profession edition. The data has been acquired using Wingtra platform (WingtraOne VTOL mapping drone) with a Sony RX1RII camera.


Add photos

 

1. To add photos, select Add photos... or Add folder... command from the Workflow menu. 


2. Then, browse the source folder and select files to be processed. In the Model window of the program, the positions of the cameras will be displayed during shooting.



Camera reference data can be loaded automatically from the EXIF file or importing file manually. In the first case: you need to select Import Reference from the EXIF button on the Reference pane



Click the Yes button to import GPS data: 


After that, the camera reference data will display on the Reference pane



In the second case, to import the camera coordinate data from the CSV file, click the Import Reference button on the Reference pane. Browse to the file containing recorded reference coordinates and click the Open button.


In the Import CSV dialog, set the parameters for import (coordinate system, delimiter, columns, etc.) Information on the accuracy of the source coordinates (x,y,z) as well as of the source orientation angles can be loaded with a CSV file as well. Check Load Accuracy option and indicate the number of the column where the accuracy for the data should be read from. It is possible to indicate the same accuracy column for all three coordinates/angles.  


Additionally, it is possible to indicate accuracy data for the coordinates/orientation angles. Select Modify... command from the context menu of an image on the Reference pane and input accuracy data both for a position (i..e. x,y,z coordinates) and orientation data. 



Align Photos


1. Select Align Photos command from the Workflow menu. 


2. Set the parameters in the Align Photos dialog window: 



3. Click the OK button. The progress dialog box will appear displaying the current processing status. To cancel the processing, click the Cancel button. 


4. Alignment having been completed, computed camera positions, and a sparse point cloud will be displayed in the Model view.



Optimize based on measured camera locations 


1. Click the Optimize toolbar button on the Reference pane. 


2. In the Optimize Camera Alignment dialog box, check additional camera parameters to be optimized. 



NOTE:

  • Fit additional corrections option is reasonable if the current camera model cannot be accurately described with Brown's Model used in Metashape. Enabling this option may help achieve better accuracy for RTK/PPK datasets without ground control points (GCPs) utilization.
  • The optimization process usually improves the alignment results and reduces the errors, so it should be included in the common aerial data processing workflow.

3. Click the OK button to start optimization.

 

Build Dense Cloud


1. Select Build Dense Cloud command from the Workflow menu.


2. In the Build Dense Cloud dialog box select the desired reconstruction parameters and click the OK button. 



3. The progress dialog box will appear displaying the current processing status. To cancel the processing, click on the Cancel button. 



Build DEM 


1. Select the Build DEM... command from the Workflow menu. Note: DEM is calculated for the part of the model within the bounding box.



2. In the Build DEM dialog box, set parameters. 


3. Click the OK button. The progress dialog box will appear displaying the current processing status. To cancel processing, click the Cancel button. 



Build Orthomosaic 


1. Select the Build Orthomosaic... command from the Workflow menu.


2. Set parameters in the Orthomosaic dialog window.  



3. Click the OK button. The progress dialog box will appear displaying the current processing status. To cancel the processing, click the Cancel button.




Exporting the results


Export DEM:


1. Select Export DEM... command from the File menu. 


2. In the Export DEM dialog, specify the desired coordinate system for DEM export. Check Write KML file and/or Write World file options to create files needed to georeference the orthomosaic in the Google Earth and/or a GIS-application, if necessary.



Note: In Metashape it is possible to export DEM colored with the false colors (RGB) according to the height information. Select the Palette option in the Raster transform section of the Export DEM dialog box. The palette option is supported for the following export formats: TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000, PNG.


3. Click the Export button to start the export. 


4. Browse the destination folder, choose the file type, and print in the file name. Click the Save button. 


5. The progress dialog box will appear displaying the current processing status. To cancel the processing, click the Cancel button.


The following formats are supported for DEM export: GeoTIFF elevation data (*.tif); Arc/Info ASCII Grid (*.bil); XYZ file format (*.xyz); Sputnik KMZ (*.kmz); Google Map Tiles (*.zip); MBTiles (*.mbtiles); World Wind Tiles (*.zip); Tile Map Service Tiles (*.zip).


Export Orthomosaic: 


1. Select Export Orthomosaic... command from the File menu.


2. In the Export Orthomosaic dialog box specify the coordinate system for the Orthomosaic to be saved in. Check to Write KML file and/or Write World file options to create files needed to georeference the orthomosaic in the Google Earth and/or a GIS, if necessary.



3. Click the Export... button to start the export. 


4. Browse the destination folder, choose the file type, and print in the file name. Click the Save button. 


5. The progress dialog box will appear displaying the current processing status. To cancel the processing, click the Cancel button.


The following formats are supported for orthomosaic export: TIFF/GeoTIFF (*.tiff); JPEG2000 (*.jp2); JPEG (*.jpg); PNG (*.png); BMP (*.bmp); Google Earth KMZ (*.zip); MBTiles (*.mbtiles); World Wind Tiles (*.zip); Tile Map Service Tiels (*.zip).