Mark Windows, Mirrors, & Trim

Marking mirrors, windows, and trim in your model are a critical part of creating an in-depth, great user experience. Marking features after every scan you take in Capture can reduce alignment issues and vastly improve the quality of your finished Matterport Space.

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Instructions 

I. Mark Mirrors 

The Matterport camera can't see or define a mirror (or any reflective surface) the way us humans do. This is because 360° cameras uses infrared light to collect 3D data, and mirrors reflect infrared light. Because of this, when the camera processes a reflection it believes there is a room on the other side of the mirror. This can lead to major alignment issues when scanning. 

When your mark a mirror, you are telling the Matterport Capture app to ignore what it sees on the other side of the mirror - we recommend immediately marking mirrors as soon as the camera can see them. Follow the instructions below to do this. 

  1. Tap the "Mark Features" icon (bottom-right) in Matterport Capture. 
  2. Tap the "Mirror" icon. marks2.jpg
  3. In the preview pane, tap on the edge of the mirror, and drag to the other end of the mirror. 
  4. Release your finger from the screen to stop measuring. 

"Mirror" UI Controls 

A. Delete the measurement: Tap the "Mirror" icon in the middle of the measurement line, and hit "Delete" in the pop-up window. IMG_0013.jpg

B. Extend or rotate the measurement: Tap then drag on the endpoint (outwards to extend, up or down to rotate) of the measurement line. 

C. Move the entire measurement: Tap and drag on the "Mirror" icon in the middle of the measurement line. 

D. Zoom in or out on the measurement: Pinch-and-expand to zoom in and out of your model - this will help you place the marking with more precision. 

Tips for Measuring Mirrors 

  1. Aim the "Front" label at the inside of the room: To change the orientation, tap the "Mirror" icon in the middle of the measurement line and hit "Swap Label". 
  2. Place the measurement line on the wall, or slightly outside of the wall: If your measurement line is too far inside of a wall then part of the 3D model will be cut off in Dollhouse View. 
  3. Extend your measurement line: We recommend making your measurement line slightly longer than the actual mirror on your minimap - furthermore, it's important to ensure that the measurement line isn't covering any doors or hallways. 
  4. Group multiple mirrors into one: If a single wall contains multiple mirrors, make one long marking that covers them all in a single measurement. 

II. Mark Windows 

Matterport cameras do not see windows the same way humans do - since the windows are transparent, the camera will attempt to collect 3D data from the other side of the window. 

When you mark a window, you are telling the Matterport Capture app to ignore what it sees outside - this includes, grass, trees, other buildings, parked cars, etc. Taking this action can make for a very clean and well-defined 3D Space in Dollhouse View. Follow the instructions below to do this. 

  1. Tap the "Mark Features" icon (bottom-right) in Matterport Capture. 
  2. Tap the "Windows" icon. mark4.jpg
  3. In the preview pane, tap on the edge of the window, and drag to the other end of the window. 
  4. Release your finger from the screen to stop measuring. 

"Window" UI Controls 

A. To delete the measurement: Tap the "Mirror" icon in the middle of the measurement line, and hit "Delete" in the pop-up window. 

B. To extend or rotate the measurement: Tap then drag on the endpoint (outwards to extend, up or down to rotate) of the measurement line. 

C. To move the entire measurement: Tap and drag on the "Mirror" icon in the middle of the measurement line. 

D. To zoom or out on the measurement: Pinch-and-expand to zoom in and out of your model - this will help you place the marking with more precision. 

Tips for Measuring Windows 

  1. Aim the "Inside" label at the inside of the room: To change the orientation, tap the "Mirror" icon in the middle of the measurement line and hit "Swap Label". 
  2. Place the measurement line on the wall, or slightly outside of the wall: If your measurement line is too far inside of a wall then part of the 3D model will be cut off in Dollhouse View. 
  3. Extend your measurement line: We recommend making your measurement line slightly longer than the actual mirror on your minimap - furthermore, it's important to ensure that the measurement line isn't covering any doors or hallways. 
  4. Group multiple windows into one: If a single wall contains multiple windows, make one long marking that covers them all in a single measurement. mark4.jpg

III. Mark Trim 

The "Trim" tool can eliminate unwanted 3D depth data - similar to how cropping eliminates unwanted areas of two dimensional images. Using the "Trim" tool is great for cleaning up objects that are covered, or removing remnant scans from rooms that aren't fully scanned (i.e. a room with an open door may display some scanning, even if you don't want the room included in your overall Model). 

Any 3D data that exists outside of trim markings will not appear in Dollhouse View or Floorplan View - this makes the Trim tool an extremely useful tool you can use to clean up artifacting lines and/or jagged edges. 

  1. Tap the "Mark Features" icon (bottom-right) in Matterport Capture. 
  2. Tap the "Trim" icon. 
  3. Create a measurement line along the wall with the capture data you want to remove. mark3.jpg
    • Make sure the "Remove" label is pointing at the 3D data you want removed. To change the orientation of the "Remove" label, tap the "Trim" icon in middle of the measurement line and select "Swap Label". 
    • Make sure the "Trim" measurement line doesn't intersect with any scan points - scan points will override the trim marking which can lead to issues. As such, always place the "Trim" measurement line in "front" of scan points. 

"Trim" UI Controls 

A. To delete the measurement: Tap the "Mirror" icon in the middle of the measurement line, and hit "Delete" in the pop-up window. 

B. To extend or rotate the measurement: Tap then drag on the endpoint (outwards to extend, up or down to rotate) of the measurement line. 

C. To move the entire measurement: Tap and drag on the "Mirror" icon in the middle of the measurement line. 

D. To zoom or out on the measurement: Pinch-and-expand to zoom in and out of your model - this will help you place the marking with more precision. 

Tips for using the Trim tool 

  1. Trim outside the wall: If you're removing 3D data beyond a certain wall, we recommend trimming just outside (not directly on) the wall - if you overlay your trim measurement line on the wall, you may remove it entirely by accident. 

 

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