Scanner - Idealize
The PhotoModeler Scanner and PhotoModeler UAS products comes with a capability called Idealize.
Idealize is a valuable tool for film, games and animation production when you are exporting PhotoModeler solutions for matching.
Idealize will take an existing project and use the calibrated camera parameters to produce an idealized camera and images. That is, it will re-map (pixel by pixel) the images removing any lens distortion, non-centered principal point and any non-square pixels. It will then adjust the existing marks to match the undistorted image and then assign an idealized camera to the project.
The resulting images and camera positions are suitable for use in most rendering packages which do not handle 'real world' cameras (such as Max, Maya, etc.). The end result is far more accurate matches between imported data and your idealized background plates.
These accurately matched background images can be used for advanced modeling in the 3D package (such as Maya) or for animation and simple match-moving tasks.
Note Idealize is not required for any PhotoModeler operations to remove lens distortion effects - as the internal algorithms all account for lens distortion. This module's purpose is when ideal images are needed in external packages - example described above.
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