PhotoModeler Tutorials

Tutorial videos take you step by step through the various features and capabilities of PhotoModeler and PhotoModeler Scanner. The tutorials are a great learning resource for new users of PhotoModeler as well as seasoned experts.

Previous Versions
If you are running an older version of PhotoModeler, Scanner or Motion we suggest following the tutorial list on the PhotoModeler Tutorial Archive page. Below are videos that do not apply to the older versions.

Tutorial Sources
There are two sources of tutorial videos and data:

  • Online (this page)
    • most complete and up-to-date set
    • requires a high speed network connection
  • CD-ROM
    • if you have the PhotoModeler CD
    • local - no network required
    • covers basic functions (not a complete set)
    • videos usually start playing with less delay

Videos and Associated Project Data
The tutorial videos use Flash mp4 Video and play in most web browsers. In addition to the videos, many of the tutorials have associated PhotoModeler project (pmr) files and images that you can load and test yourself. Many of these files can be found on the CD or they can be downloaded from links shown below. These project files require that you have PhotoModeler software installed - they work with both full and demo versions.

The online Tutorial Installer page has downloadable installers for all tutorial project data, and all the videos.

See Errata for changes to the program that no longer match the videos.

What to Watch
If you are new to PhotoModeler a good place to start is with the 'Points Project Walk-through', 'User Interface Overview', and the Calibration tutorials. PhotoModeler Scanner customers can also view 'Dense Surface Modeling - MVS and SmartMatch'. After that, read the What Tutorials Should I Watch page, to get our recommendations based on your application field.

There are two types of tutorial videos: Full Length - that show projects being run start to finish, and have associated project and image files; and Feature Based - that are short and depict one or two features. Videos shown with Closed Captions symbol are closed-captioned for when you don't have audio or it is easier to read than listen. Closed-captions are off by default but can be turned on by clicking on the CC symbol on the bottom video play bar (when available).

Tutorial Speed
The tutorial videos move along quickly, and it is expected that most viewers will use the Pause / Play controls to adjust the speed to their own pace for following along.

Summary List

PhotoModeler Tip Videos
In addition to the tutorials shown here we have a regular blog feature called "PhotoModeler Tips". These tips are short videos that cover features that customers may not be fully aware of. The tips can been seen with blog entries on the PhotoModeler Tip Video Blog Category List, or just videos on the YouTube PhotoModeler Tips Playlist.

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Full Length Videos

Automated Coded Targets

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Description
How to run an automatic project with RAD coded targets and offset points. Automatic marking and automatic referencing described as well.   Close Captions
 
 
Project Data
AutoCT.zip
  
Calibration - Multi-sheet

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Description
How to calibrate a camera using the multiple sheet method.   Close Captions
 
 
Project Data
CalibMS.zip
  
Calibration - Single Sheet - 1

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Description
How to calibrate a camera using the single sheet method.
 
 
Project Data
CalibSingle.zip
  
Calibration - Single Sheet - 2

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   [9:22]
Description
Follow on video to number 1 above. [Recorded with PM6 - steps very similar in PM2010]
 
 
 
 
  
Crush - Multi-photo Unknown

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Description
Measuring the crush of a vehicle with an unknown camera and exemplar. See Errata below for a change to the geometry add dialog.   Close Captions
 
 
Project Data
Crush.zip
  
Points Project Walk-through

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Description
Covers starting and completing a simple points-based project.   Close Captions
 
 
Project Data
PointsIntro.zip
  
Road Diagramming - 1

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Description
Creating a diagram of a road scene using multiple photos and a calibrated camera. [Recorded with PM6 - steps very similar in PM2010.]
 
 
Project Data
RoadDiagram.zip
  
Road Diagramming - 2

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Description
Follow on video to number 1 above. [Recorded with PM6 - steps very similar in PM2010.]
 
 
 
 
  
Road - Single Photo Unknown

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Description
Creating a diagram of a skid mark on road surface from a single camera of unknown origin with control points. See Errata below for a change to the geometry add dialog.   Close Captions
 
 
Project Data
RoadSinglePhoto.zip
  
Shapes - Intro

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Description
Introduction to shapes-based projects. [Recorded with PM6 - steps very similar in PM2010.]
 
 
Project Data
ShapesIntro.zip
  
Shapes - Additional

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Description
Advanced use of shapes. [Recorded with PM6 - steps very similar in PM2010.]
 
 
Project Data
ShapesAdvanced.zip
  
User Interface Overview

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Description
Covers PhotoModeler's menu, status bar and pane interface.   Close Captions
 
 
 
 
  

Full Length Videos - Scanner Specific

Dense Surface Modeling - MVS and SmartMatch

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Description
Set up and perform an dense surface modeling project with Multi-View Stereo and Smart Match. Note to use the data and follow along will require a 64bit computer with at least 8GB of RAM. The video can play anywhere.   Close Captions
 
 
Project Data
SmartMatchMVSIntro.zip
  
SmartMatch and Manual Marking

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   [9:36]
Description
Creating a SmartMatch project, oriented photos automatically, and further manual modeling based on that orientation.   Close Captions
 
 
Project Data
SmartMatchManualReference.zip
  
SmartMatch Intro

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   [8:46]
Description
Introductory overview of the new SmartMatch tool - automatic matching of natural features across photographs.
 
 
 
 
  


Feature-based Videos

Check Distances

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Description
How to use check distances and points to check accuracy or to compare to known values. See Errata below for a change to the geometry add dialog.   Close Captions
Related Videos
Measure, Scale-Rotate-Translate, Project Review
 
 
  
Curves - Referenced

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Description
How to create NURBS Curves from multiple referenced 2D curve marks.   Close Captions
 
 
 
 
  
Curves Through Points

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   [0:57]
Description
How to create NURBS Curves from existing 3D points.   Close Captions
 
 
 
 
  
Dimensions

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   [1:19]
Description
How to set up on-photo dimensions and annoations.   Close Captions
Related Videos
Measure, Scale-Rotate-Translate
 
 
  
Field Calibration

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   [2:47]
Description
Improving the calibration of a camera by calibrating it in the 'field' with real project data.   Close Captions
 
 
 
 
  
Measure

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   [1:09]
Description
Demonstrates how to use the Measure pane.   Close Captions
Related Videos
Dimensions
 
 
  
Photo Zoom

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   [1:40]
Description
Demonstrates the various tools for zooming and panning photograph views.   Close Captions
 
 
 
 
  
Project Review

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   [4:15]
Description
Shows how to use the Project Review pane to improve the quality of a project.   Close Captions
 
 
 
 
  
Properties

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   [1:39]
Description
Demonstrates the Properties pane. All object have properties and this pane allows you to modify them.   Close Captions
 
 
 
 
  
Referencing

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   [9:36]
Description
Demonstrates Referencing (manually matching points and objects that are marked on different photos) with more detail than the Points Walkthrough.   Close Captions
Related Videos
Points Walkthrough
 
 
  
Scale Rotate Translate

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Description
Use of External Geometry Explorer to set up Scales, Rotatations and Translates of the coordinate system. See Errata below for a change to the geometry add dialog.   Close Captions
Related Videos
Measure, Export
 
 
  
Surface Draw

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   [1:36]
Description
Demonstrates the Surface Draw tool (drawing 3d data on a single photograph without referencing but on an existing surface).   Close Captions
 
 
 
 
  
Surface - Path Mode

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   [0:38]
Description
Shows how to create a surface by selecting the objects that define its outline (the path).   Close Captions
 
 
 
 
  

Feature-based Videos - Scanner Specific

PointMesh Modify

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Description
Demonstrates how to use the Modify PointMesh tools.   Close Captions
Related Videos
PointMesh Points Edit
 
 
  
PointMesh Points Edit

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Description
Demonstrates how to edit the points within a PointMesh   Close Captions
Related Videos
PointMesh Modify
 
 
  


 

Errata

Modify Mesh - changed 2013.0.1
PhotoModeler versions 2013.0.1 (released April 2013) and later have had some of the meshing options removed or renamed and additional options have been added. The general functionality remains the same. For detailed description of each option refer to the help file.

External Geometry Explorer Add Dialog - changed 2012.2
PhotoModeler versions 2012.2 (released Aug 2012) and later have a different style of Add Geometry Dialog in the External Geometry Explorer (EGE). The new dialog is focussed on the end-goal and is easier to use and understand all the different options - but is quite different from what is shown in some of the videos above. For reference, this Tip video shows the new Add GeometryDialog for comparison.

Text File Import - changed 2012.2
PhotoModeler versions 2012.2 (released Aug 2012) and later use a new flexible Text and CSV file importer. No longer do you see just a file browser dialog to pick the import file, but a dialog that let's use skip rows and columns, pick your delimiter, change column order, etc. The 'Road - Single Photo Unknown' video shows the old style.

Photo Chip Names - changed 2012.2
PhotoModeler versions 2012.2 (released Aug 2012) and later show the name of the image file under Photo Chips in the Photo Control pane. Previous versions showed the photo number only. Names are by default set to the shortened image file name and can be cleared if desired.

3D View Fly-out Visibility Tab - changed 2012.2
PhotoModeler versions 2012.2 (released Aug 2012) and later have 3D Viewer windows with a fly-out tab on the upper left for some immediate visibility control settings. In previous versions all visibility control settings where only on the modal 3D Viewer options dialog.

3D View Control - changed 2011.0.3
PhotoModeler versions 2011.0.3 (released May 2011) and later have a new look for the 3D Viewer window. There is a new gradient background and new buttons. In previous releases (and in the tutorial videos) the buttons look like:

3D Viewer Old Style Buttons

In 2011.0.3 and later the buttons look like:

3D Viewer New Style Buttons

The Options button is now the 'gear-like' button (used for 'settings' in many modern interfaces), and the Reset button is the 'back-arrow-like' button. The buttons operate the same way they did in previous versions, they just look different.

 


 

 

 
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