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Comparing Agisoft Metashape Professional and Standard Editions

Agisoft Metashape is a powerful photogrammetry software used for processing images and generating 3D spatial data. It is available in two editions: Professional and Standard. Each edition offers a set of features tailored to different user needs and project requirements. This blog post will compare the Professional and Standard editions, highlighting their capabilities and differences to help you determine which edition is best suited for your projects.

Photogrammetric Triangulation

Professional Edition:

  • Processing Types: Supports various types of imagery, including aerial (nadir, oblique), close-range, and satellite images.
  • Camera Calibration: Auto-calibration for frame (including fisheye), spherical, and cylindrical cameras.
  • Multi-Camera Projects: Supports projects with multiple cameras.
  • Scanned Images: Supports scanned images with fiducial marks.

Standard Edition:

  • Processing Types: Supports processing of imagery from digital cameras.
  • Camera Calibration: Auto-calibration for frame (including fisheye) cameras.

Dense Point Cloud Generation and Editing

Professional Edition:

  • Point Cloud Editing: Offers elaborate model editing for accurate results.
  • Points Classification: Includes automatic multi-class points classification for customized reconstruction.
  • Import/Export: Supports import and export for classical point data processing workflows.

Standard Edition:

  • Point Cloud Generation: Provides tools for generating dense point clouds.
  • Model Editing: Offers model editing capabilities for accurate results.

Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Generation

Professional Edition:

  • DEM Types: Supports generation and editing of Digital Surface Models (DSM) and Digital Terrain Models (DTM).
  • Georeferencing: Georeferencing based on EXIF metadata, flight logs, and GCPs.
  • Coordinate Systems: Supports EPSG registry coordinate systems, including WGS84, UTM, etc.
  • DEM Editing: Tools for drawing breaklines and filling gaps.

Standard Edition:

  • DEM Generation: Not available in the Standard Edition.

Georeferenced Orthomosaic Generation

Professional Edition:

  • Formats: Exports georeferenced orthomosaics in GeoTIFF format, with KML files for Google Earth.
  • Color Correction: Includes tools for color correction to ensure homogeneous texture.
  • Projection Options: Custom planar and cylindrical projections for close-range projects.

Standard Edition:

  • Orthomosaic Generation: Not available in the Standard Edition.

3D Model Generation and Texturing

Professional Edition:

  • Scenes: Supports various scenes, including archaeological sites, artifacts, buildings, interiors, and people.
  • Upload/Export: Direct upload to online resources and export to popular formats.
  • Textures: Supports photorealistic textures with HDR and multifile support (including UDIM layout).

Standard Edition:

  • Scenes: Supports various scenes, similar to the Professional Edition.
  • Upload/Export: Direct upload to online resources and export to popular formats.
  • Textures: Supports photorealistic textures with HDR and multifile support (including UDIM layout).

Additional Features in the Professional Edition

  • LiDAR Data Support: Aerial LiDAR point attributes, laser scans visualization, and marker-based alignment.
  • Ground Control Points: Import for georeferencing and accuracy control, with auto-detection for fast GCP input.
  • Measurements: Tools to measure distances, areas, and volumes, with export options for further analysis.
  • Stereoscopic Measurements: Support for 3D monitors and controllers for accurate stereoscopic vectorization.
  • Hierarchical Tiled Model Generation: City-scale modeling preserving original image resolution.
  • 4D Modeling: Multi-camera rig data processing for dynamic scenes.
  • Multispectral Imagery Processing: Processing of RGB, NIR, thermal, and multispectral imagery.
  • Automatic Powerlines Detection: Efficient detection and export of powerlines as 3D polyline models.
  • Satellite Imagery Processing: Common workflow for panchromatic and multispectral satellite images.
  • API and Network Processing: Python and Java API for automation and customization, with network processing for distributed calculations.
  • Cloud Processing: Interface for cloud processing to save on hardware infrastructure and share results online.

Summary

Professional Edition:

  • Comprehensive toolset for a wide range of photogrammetric tasks.
  • Advanced features for georeferencing, orthomosaic generation, LiDAR data support, and more.
  • Suitable for large-scale, complex projects requiring high precision and detailed analysis.

Standard Edition:

  • Essential tools for 3D model generation and texturing.
  • Ideal for users who need basic photogrammetry features without the advanced capabilities of the Professional Edition.
  • Cost-effective solution for smaller projects and individual use.

Conclusion

Choosing between the Professional and Standard editions of Agisoft Metashape depends on the specific requirements of your projects. If your work involves complex, large-scale projects that require advanced geospatial analysis and high precision, the Professional Edition is the best choice. However, if you need a cost-effective solution for generating 3D models and basic photogrammetry tasks, the Standard Edition offers the necessary tools to get the job done efficiently. Try Agisoft Metashape in demo mode or with 30-day trial license.

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