Create a photo project and process the data.
- [Instructor] ReCap 360 allows you to upload photos and then generate a point cloud based off of those photos and that's called a photo project. To create a photo project, select on the photo project button, now if you have an internet connection it should have opened up a web browser and taken you to your ReCap 360.autodesk webpage. It may ask you for your login information and if it does go ahead and login with your Autodesk 360 account.
Then select on photo to 3D. On this page, it asks us to upload photos so that it can process them into a point cloud. And we have three different ways that we can do that. First, we could find those photos in Windows Explorer, select on them and then just drag them here into the gray area, second we could go to our A360 drive and if we had the photos uploaded to that site, we could select on the photos and it would begin processing. Or we can just click where it has the words add photos.
Then go to your Desktop, your Exercise Files and your chapter six. Inside of the chapter six folder, I have several photos of a children's toy that I took. Click on the first picture, scroll down, then click on the last picture. One of the things that you'll notice is that there are some objects here in the background and I point those out for one of the next dialog boxes that we'll see. Click on Open.
This is just a picture of the children's toy, you can start to see that I have other things here in the background and those will get cropped out. If we select on Settings, we can now give this project a name and I'll just name this project Toy. The next option is quality and I don't care if you use Preview or if you use Ultra. Preview is free, but it gives you a much lower quality of point cloud when it's done. Ultra costs Autodesk credits, so if you have credits, feel free to choose that, it will give you a very high resolution image, but if you don't have credits, that's okay, this is the same process no matter whether you choose Preview or Ultra.
For this demonstration, I'll start with Preview, but in the background one of the things that I'll be doing is also going through the same process with Ultra selected. So when we see the final outcome, I'll show you both Preview and the Ultra version. There's an option here for smart cropping, I like to turn that on, that will remove those objects that we saw in the background. Then I'll just leave all the rest of the settings the same then click on Create.
Then it goes through the process of uploading the photos and it will process that photo information and expect this to take several minutes. For this video, we'll just fast forward through this process and then come to the next screen after all this information has been processed. Once your image is finished processing, you should have a picture on your screen. Select on that image, then select on Open 3D Model.
In a few seconds it will open up your 3D model. By left clicking you can hold the mouse button down and then spin around your model to review the way that your new 3D model looks. Also, if you spin the wheel of the mouse you'll either be able to zoom in or zoom out and if you hold down on the right click button, you can then pan from side to side. As you can tell if you decide to use the lower quality or the Preview image, it does not look very good.
It did put together a three dimensional shape, but it's very hard to tell what it is exactly. Let me show you an example of the fully processed model if you decide to use your Autodesk credits. I'll come up here, select on the back arrow, I'll do it one more time, and now I'll select on the Ultra variation, which is using the credits. I'll open up the model. Notice how it looks like it's a photograph.
If I rotate up, rotate around, we can take a look at this from various directions and it actually looks like the object that the photos had been taken of. Now next thing that we can do is we can begin to edit the way that the scan looks and you can do this whether it's in this high quality scan or in the lower quality and that is coming down here and then selecting on the button to edit the scan. You'll get a box around the scan itself. If you zoom in by just spinning the wheel on the mouse, one of the things that you can do is that you can click on any of these edges or faces around the scan.
By clicking and holding your mouse button down you can adjust the box to clip through the scan if you want. You can then spin this box around by holding down the left mouse button, clicking on a face, holding the mouse button down. Notice how the carpeting down on the floor is starting to go away. If we spin around again by just holding down the left mouse button, clicking on the gray box, holding the mouse button down, and then pulling it in, we can then crop in and by doing these steps, we can then specify exactly what it is that we would want to export from this online environment to our design software packages.
- Starting a new scan or photo project
- Navigating the menu
- Importing data
- Recovering deleted points
- Selecting and sizing points
- Measuring distances and angles
- Setting outer limits
- Adjusting color, lighting, and the background
- Scanning regions
- Saving and exporting a project