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An overview of open source photogrammetry software


Peter Falkingham tested several open source (and one closed source) photogrammetry or 'photoscanning' apps. It's a good startingpoint if you're interested in this type of software and want to start experimenting with it yourself.

I had a beautiful dream. I would compile/install/run all the free and open source software I could find, test it on consistent data sets, and let you know how long things take and what works best in what circumstances.

One problem: It was too big a task.

For a couple of weeks I’ve been running datasets in my sparse free time (there was a little conference to deal with, and now teaching is getting into gear, as well as trying to carry on my own research). I even got all clever, and wrote scripts in bash and windows, to automatically run the processes for several workflows and collect time taken for each stage. My computer was occupied for days at a time.

About Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


      • The project is ongoing, I've been testing new programs since then, and will continue to do so. Most recently i tested out some of the commercial packages. Have a browse around the blog.

        I do plan on writing an uptodate summary in the new year.

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