Capturing Reality releases RealityCapture 1.1
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker
Capturing Reality has released RealityCapture 1.1, the first major update to its popular photogrammetry and laser scan computing software since its original release.
The new version, code-named "Blaze", improves the workflow when processing drone material and adds a new AI-based system for identifying open ground when creating digital terrain models.
Converts large mixed data sets into clean production resources
RealityCapture was originally released in 2016 and it generates precise triangle-based networks of real objects, ranging from people and props to complete environments.
It is able to process very large mixed amounts of data, even on laptops and low-end hardware.
The software is widely used in the entertainment industry to generate assets for games and VFX projects. However, it also contains functions for air surveying and urban planning.
New in RealityCapture 1.1: support for drone flight logs, new functions for aerial photography
New features in RealityCapture 1.1 include support for flight logs from PPK and RTK drones.
The change "reduces" the workload on site and the post-processing time in RealityCapture and enables the accuracy of individual camera positions to be checked.
The update also introduces a new AI-based system for identifying ground areas when generating digital terrain models from point cloud data. Users can edit the AI classification manually.
In addition, it is now possible to export 3D data directly from RealityCapture to the online geospatial platform Cäsiumion, so that much larger 3D models can be viewed and shared.
The update also provides support for the native ZFS and ZFRJ file formats from Zoller + Fröhlich (Z + F) laser scanners and for image group files from Leica's BLK360 compact laser scanner.
Pricing and system requirements
RealityCapture 188.8.131.5203 is available for Windows 7+ and Windows Server 2008+. It's based on CUDA, so you'll need a suitable Nvidia GPU.
Perpetual Enterprise licenses cost € 15,000 (approximately $ 17,700). Rent starts at € 249 / month ($ 295 / month).
The software is also available under a new "pay-per-input" model (more details in this story) so that it can be used offline for free. Instead, users only pay to export models.
Read an overview of the new features in RealityCapture 1.1 on the Capturing Reality website
For a full list of what's new in RealityCapture 1.1, see the online changelog
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