As some of you know I’ve been dabbling with the old 3D mapping lark! I ran a trial copy of pix4d which is frankly EXCELLENT but very expensive for the monthly subscription!
Tonight I installed Open Drone Map onto my mac (windows version available) and gave it a go! There are two ways to install it as its open source, so you can down load it and follow the instructions, installing various package like docker, python, pip etc. I work in telecoms and am no stranger to code and dockerized applications but after 5 mins of fiddling I decided to pay the £40 charge for the easy installer which did the job and all dependant package installs in a jiffy.
Then you get a webinterface, which is talking a server running on docker on your machine. You upload your photos and hit process. My mac is pretty quick so it computed it WAY faster than uploading to pix4d cloud. I was very impressed with the result.
I think I’ll be using this for most of my 3D work from now on. I’ll still use pix4d capture app to fly drone and grab the images however!