8) Mark Features

For a great user experience, it is CRITICAL to add window, mirror, and trim markings to your model. 

Mark features immediately after every scan. This reduces alignment issues and improves the quality of your finished Matterport Space.

For your first model with only 2 scans, marking features is not crucial. But you'll want to bookmark this article for future reference when you scan large models.

 

 

Windows

The Matterport camera doesn't see a window the same way a person does. Since it can see through the window, it attempts to create a 3D model of what it sees outside.

When you mark a window in the Capture app, you tell it to ignore what it sees outside such as a tree, parked car, etc. This makes for a nice and clean finished Matterport Space.

You only need to mark windows that look out to areas that are not part of the model. Interior glass walls do not need to be marked.

Tap the Mark Features button in Capture. 

 Tap Window.

In the preview pane, tap one edge of the window, drag to the other edge of the window, and then release.

For best results, extend your window marking slightly longer than the actual window on the preview (as long as the marking doesn't cover a door or hallway).

Make sure the ↑ Inside label points to the inside of the building. To change the orientation, tap the middle of the marking, then Swap Label.

  • To remove, tap the middle of the marking and then Delete.
  • To extend or rotate, tap or drag the endpoint as desired.
  • Tap and drag the middle to move the entire marking.
  • Remember you can use the pinch-and-zoom gesture to zoom in and out on the model to better place the marking.
Do not mark windows and mirrors above doorways. Window and mirror markings create an ‘invisible wall' that impedes movement in the 3D Space.

 

Mirrors

Similarly, the Capture app doesn't know that cameras are reflective. If you don't mark mirrors, it will assume that the reflection is just another room. This can lead to confusing looking models and lots of trouble with alignment.

Avoid alignment issues by immediately marking mirrors as soon as the camera can see them.

Tap the Mark Features button in Capture. 

 Tap Mirror.

In the preview pane, tap one edge of the mirror, drag to the other edge of the mirror, and then release.

For best results, extend your window marking slightly longer than the actual window on the preview (as long as the marking doesn't cover a door or hallway).

Make sure the ↑ Front label points to the inside of the room. To change the orientation, tap the middle of the marking, then Swap Label.

  • To remove, tap the middle of the marking and then Delete.
  • To extend or rotate, tap or drag the endpoint as desired.
  • Tap and drag the middle to move the entire marking.
  • Remember you can use the pinch-and-zoom gesture to zoom in and out on the model and better place the marking.
Learn more about best practices with mirrors.

 

Trim

The trim tool eliminates unwanted 3D depth data just like cropping does for two dimensional images.

Anything outside the trim feature will not appear in Dollhouse View or Floorplan View. This is important so the Dollhouse View does not contain artifacts or jagged edges.

Trimming is usually not necessary if you have been correctly marking windows and mirrors along the way.

Tap the Mark Features button in Capture. 

 Tap Trim.

In the preview pane, tap where you want the marking to start, drag to the end, and then release.

Make sure the ↑ Remove label points to the unnecessary 3D data. To change the orientation, tap the middle of the marking, then Swap Label.

  • To remove, tap the middle of the marking and then Delete.
  • To extend or rotate, tap or drag the endpoint as desired.
  • Tap and drag the middle to move the entire marking.
  • Remember you can use the pinch-and-zoom gesture to zoom in and out on the model and better place the marking.
For walls, trim just outside and not directly on the wall. You might trim the wall out of the model.
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