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Why!? Why upgrade to Agisoft Pro Edition?

February 23, 2012 - Blog - , , , , , , - 11 responses

I can hint at a few good reasons why it might be a good idea…

Reasons to upgrade to Agisoft Pro Edition

  1. It kicks ass!
  2. It has useful tools to set scale and orientation
  3. The “Ultra Build” Geometry addition adds in ALLOT of hidden detail that the HIGH setting cannot pick out  Ultra High is now apart of Agisoft Standard addition, as of build 1376.
  4. It helps support Alexey pasumansky and his team at Agisoft to further improve the application
  5. Python Scripting

(I have been implementing techniques taught to me by Helmut Kungl from xyz-rgb, at the company who made the awesome Scanner-Killer application. Helmut kindly supplied IR (at a good price) with some excellent rail systems to mount Stereo Pairs and over the last year provided a great deal of insight into how best to synchronize and capture with a Photogrammetry system. For the time being I am using Agisoft but I hope to see Scanner-Killer implement similar features as each applications have their own benefits and drawbacks)

Below is an example of why Agisoft Pro is a great upgrade, I didn’t think the Ultra settings would do anything apart from increase Processing times exponentially but it seams there is even more hidden detail to be taken from the Photographs. This all depends how well you setup and configure your Camera array. BUT you need shed loads of RAM, no less than 24 GB.

I use a sneaky array, setup in a specific pattern, acquiring 20736×13824 pixels of information from each angle. I have no idea what MP that is, perhaps 72MP of data? that’s allot of useful Colour information to texture and build with.

I will be adding extra Cameras for other angles soon, to get a more over lapping 180 degree Capture.

It’s very hard to design a single shot capture array that can capture a large “dynamic” volume, this is the main focus of my current part-time research.

Capture examples with Agisoft (very early days, work in progress):

Raw Captures, no smoothing or High-Pass fiddles.

10 Minute build time

1 hour build time

5 hour build time

The trade off is build time ..but with more Ram and more CPU power this can be reduced easily. The benefit to this type of Capture system? Super High Fidelity and Instant Synchronized Volumetric Capture of Dynamic Poses.

I highly recommend Agisoft Photoscan Pro Edition

11 Comments
  • edgeArchitectReply

    Is that a remote controlled slug you're holding!?

    February 23, 2012
    • InfiniteReply

      Yes. How did you guess : )

      February 23, 2012
  • edgeArchitectReply

    The slug symbolizes a ghost of the older Structured Light approach.

    Phenomenal results!

    February 23, 2012
    • InfiniteReply

      Haha! thanks :)

      February 27, 2012
  • lukasReply

    can you share your settings, ive end up using agisoft the other night, and couldnt get a decent result (it calculated over 10 hours- on elitebook i7 + 16gigs of ram) so the hw is not a problem,

    February 27, 2012
    • InfiniteReply

      Hi Lukas, the results aren't always perfect they can be very noisy. It all depends how well positioned your Cameras are and what Megapixel's you have. I have tested on a 12 Core 3.2GHZ, 24GB, GTX 750 2.5GB PC and an 8 Core 3.4GHz 16GB, Quadro 600 1GB PC, using the same scene.

      Agisoft utilizes the GPU during the depth phase. On the 12 Core with the GTX this is fast, on the 8 Core with the Quadro 600 this phase is slow.

      Agisfoft utilizes the RAM and single CPU during the Build Geometry Phase. On both PC's at Ultra the Memory topped out when this happens it slows the build right down. On the 12 Core 6 on the 8 Core 20 hours? If both Machines had about 48GB I predict built time would be between 1-2 hours. The 3.4GHz 8 Core is actually faster than the 3.2GHz 12 Core during the Build Phase. I hope that helps.

      February 27, 2012
    • InfiniteReply

      BTW to get the above results, that amount of depth and coverage. You need ALLOT of Cameras.

      February 27, 2012
  • UnknwonReply

    72 Megapixel? It's 286 Megapixel. ;o)

    November 29, 2013
    • InfiniteReply

      Incorrect. 72 MP refers to the height and width of the 4 tiered camera array from one angle. It's actually Gigapixels altogether.

      November 29, 2013
  • Jocelyn SimardReply

    Hi,

    since they added the ultra mode to the standard edition do you still think the pro can add something to the precision of the result?

    Fo the other point I don't really nedd them: supporting the programmer (I have so many other people to support too like my little baby!) and moving and scaling (I can do this in my 3d app) python scipting (don't need for my scanning purposes) kick ass (if the ultra detail is there in standard, it kicks ass enough for me)

    Since the standard is only 179$ and the pro is like 3500$ it's a huge difference so I would like to know your answer about that. Thanks.

    March 6, 2014
    • InfiniteReply

      If you need scripting it's good. If you need 4D it's good. You should really scale and orient at the source, in Photoscan, not externally. As well as support them as developers if you are making a living from the software :) Just my thoughts.

      March 8, 2014
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