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Pix4Dfields FAQ

1. What is Pix4Dfields?

Pix4Dfields is a new product by Pix4D. A software fully dedicated for agriculture, built from the input of farmers, agronomists, and breeders. Pix4Dfields is meant to give you fast and accurate maps while in the field, with a simple yet powerful interface fully dedicated to agriculture.

2. How does Pix4Dfields work?

Pix4Dfields uses a direct-to-orthomosaic photogrammetry pipeline optimized for fast processing of mostly flat terrain from drone imagery. By focusing on this specific domain we can provide high quality maps processed in a fraction of the time, allowing immediate analysis while still on site using a laptop computer.

3. How do I try Pix4Dfields?

Existing Pix4D users:

Download Pix4Dfields from the download page. By logging in with your existing credentials you will be able to test Pix4Dfields for free.

New Pix4D users:

To create a Pix4D user account go to the sign-up page. Upon completion you will be redirected to the Pix4Dfields download page where you can download the software and demo datasets.

4. First time login for new and existing Pix4D users:

After installing the software proceed to login with your account details. Available licenses will be displayed on the screen. Select the free trial subscription and click OK.

5. Is Pix4Dfields available for macOS and Windows?

Yes, Pix4Dfields is now available for both macOS and Windows.

6. Is Pix4Dfields a feature in Pix4Dmapper?

No, Pix4Dfields is a standalone software for agriculture.

7. Are the inputs and outputs of Pix4Dfields compatible with other Pix4D software?

Yes, you can import the exports from Pix4Dmapper into Pix4Dfields and vice versa.

8. Does Pix4Dfields process the data in cloud or locally?

Pix4Dfields processing engine processes the data locally, offline, on your desktop.

9. What is the price of Pix4Dfields?

Pix4Dfields is offered with monthly and a yearly licenses, please visit our pricing page for more information.

10. Does Pix4Dfields have a perpetual licence?

Yes, for more information, please see our pricing page.

11. Are there any bundle offers available for Pix4Dfields?

Yes. For different types of bundle options please contact us directly.

12. Which sensors can I use for Pix4Dfields?

Pix4Dfields is a product specialized for Agriculture. We support selected multispectral sensors like Parrot Sequoia cameras or MicaSense RedEdge cameras. We also support standard RGB and modified RGB cameras*. More cameras will be supported in the future. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our support and let them know what cameras you would like to see.

*according to the Pix4D camera database

13. Does Pix4Dfields support MicaSense RedEdge cameras?

Pix4Dfields is compatible with the MicaSense RedEdge and RedEdge-M multispectral cameras. For these cameras purchased before July 2018 a one-time configuration update of the RedEdge-M camera is needed before processing. More details can be found here.

14. Which drones are compatible with Pix4Dfields?

Pix4Dfields, just like any other Pix4D product is platform agnostic. You can process images acquired from any platform.

15. How can I download and install the Pix4Dfields software?

For more detailed information on how to download and install Pix4Dfields please visit our Knowledge base.

16. Are there any demo data sets I can use to test Pix4Dfields?

Yes, we have prepared demo datasets for you to use, these can be downloaded from the dashboard once you have activated a license. To download Pix4Dfields click here.

These datasets may only be used for personal or professional training. For commercial or promotional use, “Courtesy of Pix4D / pix4d.com” must be displayed and all the text linked to pix4d.com. For more information on usage, contact our marketing team.

17. How can I get help from support about Pix4Dfields?

You can contact our support team if you need help with Pix4Dfields. Just be sure you indicate you need help with Pix4Dfields.

18. Are there video tutorials for Pix4Dfields?

Yes. You can access Pix4Dfields video tutorials here.

19. What hardware specifications do you need to run Pix4Dfields?

Please check the detailed hardware specifications on our Knowledge base.

20. What inputs and outputs can I use and export in Pix4Dfields?

Please check the detailed input and output list on our Pix4Dfields feature list.

21. Does Pix4Dfields support creating custom vegetation indices?

Yes, you can create custom indices by using the index calculator. Pix4Dfields also comes with a predefined list of the most used and popular indices: NDVI, NDRE, VARI, TGI, SIPI2, LCI, BNDVI, GNDVI and MCARI. To learn more about how to use these vegetation indices, please visit our Knowledge base.

22. What is the difference between a map generated in Pix4Dmapper and Pix4Dfields?

a) Pix4Dmapper takes fine-grained local variations in altitude into account when building maps, whereas Pix4Dfields is optimized for representing terrain, using a coarser ground model. If you have a lot of 3D structure in your maps, Pix4Dmapper will give more accurate results for the areas with the 3D structure. However, Pix4Dfields will still give good results on any surrounding terrain.

b) Pix4Dfields can operate with lower overlap requirements compared to Pix4Dmapper.

c) In Pix4Dfields 1.5 and previous versions the size of the orthomosaic was capped at 50 megapixels; Since Pix4Dfields 1.6 the user can set a different value or disable the limit. To learn more about GSD, please visit our Knowledge base.

23. Does Pix4Dfields include the same radiometric correction module as Pix4Dmapper?

Both products use the same radiometric correction module to correct individual input images. Pix4Dfields uses a different (faster) method to stitch the images into an orthomosaic.

To learn more about the radiometric correction in the Pix4Dfields, visit our knowledge base.

24. What is the geometric accuracy of Pix4Dfields?

It depends on the dataset.

Absolute: On terrain features the accuracy is 1 GSD on average, or the GPS accuracy of the camera, whichever is larger.

Relative: On terrain features, it is accurate to 1 GSD of output orthomosaic on average.

On buildings and other structures no guarantees can be made, because Pix4Dfields uses a coarser ground model.

25. What is the difference between the Digital Surface Model (DSM) generated in Pix4Dfields and Pix4Dmapper?

While both DSMs are outputs generated with Pix4D software, each is more specific to the industry the software is created for.

With the DSM generated in Pix4Dmapper you can get the accurate elevation value of each pixel, with or without above-ground objects, ready for your preferred GIS workflow.

DSMs generated in Pix4Dfields capture terrain well, but are less accurate in representing buildings and other vertical structures. They are a useful tool when addressing irrigation variability and pinpointing erosion prone areas, but are not intended for high resolution usage. The absolute altitude of the DSM generated in Pix4Dfields will depend on the quality of the GPS information from the image acquisition.

26. Does Pix4Dfields process thermal imagery?

At this point in time Pix4Dfields doesn’t process thermal images (except for the thermal channel of the MicaSense Altum camera).

27. In zonation how do you decide if the zones are significantly different from each other?

Pix4Dfields automatically calculates the zones based on how many classes you select. The regions are based on clustering regions with similar values together.

28. What is the default coordinate system in Pix4Dfields?

The default coordinate system is the corresponding Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) zone (datum WGS84).

29. Can I create a report of my outputs in Pix4Dfields?

You can create a PDF report of your outputs. To do so go to the export button in your top bar and once in the Export panel simply select the export type to be PDF report. Then include all the outputs you would like to display in the PDF report and hit export.

30. What is data sync in Pix4Dfields?

Pix4Dfields comes with data sync functionality which connects your projects across devices, taking your data from the field to the office. To learn more about data sync workflows and how to use it, visit our knowledge base.

31. What is a custom camera feature?

If a camera is not supported in Pix4Dfields, it is possible to process the dataset if a file with the internal camera parameters is provided. To learn more about the custom camera feature and how to use it, visit our knowledge base.

32. What is Connect in Pix4Dfields?

In Pix4Dfields 1.7 we are introducing Connect, space where the outputs of Pix4Dfields are linked to a wider range of online platforms. The first connection we are making available is to John Deere. To learn more about the integration to the John Deere Operations Center and how to use it, visit our knowledge base.

33. Future Development

Pix4Dfields will be developing, growing and implementing new features specifically based on our user feedback. With this constant development you can expect updates in our software that will translate into better decision making catered for agriculture. If you would like to be notified about our new features and upgrades you can join our newsletter.

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