Betas in Matterport

Matterport offers betas as a preview of new features for our most passionate users. These features are currently in development and are not fully supported. 

We encourage you to try it and tell us how you feel, but please do not use betas for critical, sensitive, or client work. Use backup iOS devices if possible. 

For beta support, contact capture-beta@matterport.com. 

Current Beta - Capture 4.1 (iOS)

Beta release date: Ongoing public beta via Test Flight

Want to try the latest version of Matterport Capture to experience the newest features and fixes? Install the Capture beta using our public Test Flight program. Here's how: 

  1. On your iOS device, open the Safari web browser
    • It's important to only use Safari, as the simple act of doing so eliminates the need for Test Flight access codes.
  2. In the URL bar, enter: https://testflight.apple.com/join/htfXQ8jV 
  3. Follow the instructions on the page to install Test Flight. 
    • If you are asked for an access code, make sure you've opened the link on the Safari web browser on your phone or tablet. 
  4. Open Test Flight
  5. Tap Install to get the latest beta release 

If prompted, we recommend allowing Test Flight to send you notifications every time new beta builds become available. In the latest version of Test Flight, we recommend accepting the offer to auto-install updates to the beta program to ensure that you have the most stable build.

Return to a Production Version of Capture 

Current version now in the App Store: 4.1.1

When the beta period is over (or if you want to return to a normal production version of Matterport Capture) open the App Store and search for Matterport Capture and install it.

The App Store listing will appear as if you do NOT have it installed, but it will install over the Test Flight version. You will not receive app store updates to Capture while a Test Flight version is installed.

You can install the app store version (4.0.5) to revert from this beta (4.1) without data loss.

What’s new in version 4.1?

This release primarily focuses on adding support for Lidar with the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. It also includes bug fixes, stability improvements and improvements to the repair and export tools in the Help & Support menu.

Lidar on the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and iPad Pro (2020)

  • The default mode for capturing uses the Lidar sensor to detect depth. In areas not captured by Lidar, we’ll continue to synthesize depth using our Cortex AI engine.
  • Currently Lidar-based capture is a single-rotation “Simple” mode. The Lidar sensor has a narrower field of view than the ultrawide camera as you can see below. We provide a lightweight preview of where active depth data is present.
  • The Lidar-based method takes more time than the prior non-Lidar method. You can still choose non-Lidar (Simple, Complete) methods to experiment and compare for your needs.Lidar_Preview.pngOptions.png
  • If you select a 360 Capture when in Lidar mode we will use the Lidar data to try to improve image stitching.
  • For best imagery and depth, try to rotate your body around the device (as if it was on a monopod or broomstick). This minimizes parallax errors, which in turn can cause issues in the space. Unfortunately this is the opposite of how you would normally capture a regular panorama shot. We’ll pop a warning after a scan that we think might have had too much movement from the initial starting point.

Lidar FAQs:

  • Why does the image and Lidar field of view differ so much? We are using a custom approach so that you can capture HDR imagery from the ultra wide camera and Lidar in the same rotation. Native iOS 14 (at the moment) does not support HDR or the ultrawide camera while capturing Lidar. This is why you don’t see the ‘live mesh’ that is common in other iOS Lidar apps. The benefit of this approach is that you get the best imagery and depth with fewer capture points.
  • Can I paint up and down to get more Lidar coverage? Yes - we’ll use Lidar data where we have it. However, too much motion away from a fixed point can introduce stitching errors in the imagery, so you will need to be very careful.
  • Can I get a MatterPak (point clouds, mesh) or order a schematic floor plan with Lidar-based models? Not yet - we’re working on optimizing and characterizing the capture process and results first.
  • Repair Tool improvements
    • We’ve improved the Repair a Job option (in Capture>Settings>Help & Support) to cover more scenarios that involve issues with the minimap (the 2D bird’s eye view of your scans).
    • If you find a particular job will not open, crashes on opening, or crashes when trying to add scans to it, select that job with the Repair tool.
  • Update: Matterport for iPhone (Smartphone) Complete Scans
    • For iOS devices that have ultrawide field of view cameras (iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPad Pro (2020) models, the Complete Scan approach now only includes two rotations. Previously this required three rotations, which was overkill given the ultrawide field of view camera.
  • New (in development): Export a Scan Job
    • This is still in development
    • Within Capture>Settings>Help & Support> Export Jobs, you can now select a specific scan job and export it to another location.
    • This location can be anything supported by iOS. For instance, you can AirDrop it to another computer, attach to email (if not too big), upload to Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.
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    • This will make it easier to backup or remove to make more room on your iOS device. If you are working with Matterport Customer Support and need to send scan data to us, this should make it much easier than having to completely rely on iExplorer or iAmazing. (They are still very helpful)
  • Important:
    • The exported folder(s) will have a long alphanumeric name. We recommend placing this in a folder with a friendly name. If you alter the name of the job folder and delete part of the UUID (unique identifier), it will not reimport properly in the future.
    • New in 4.1: we automatically trace and copy parent/grandparent data to make a duplicate job ‘whole’ in the export. This means that the *.zip file may contain several folders to ensure that all the required data is in place.
  • Not implemented yet:
    • Assistance with importing prior exports is in a future update
    • Downloading prior models from the Matterport Cloud directly within Capture is slated for a future release (“Cloud Restore”).

Known Issues in 4.1 Beta:

  • Lidar scans: if you see the “Something went wrong” message and cannot scan any further after that error, kill Capture (swipe up) and re-launch to continue.
  • Crashes, alignment issues:
    • There are still scenarios that can trigger a crash
    • We're still working on scenarios that can lead to a cascade of failed to align messages when there is not a clear reason for them.
  • Leica BLK360
    • Taking high density and/or HDR4 or HDR5 scans with iOS devices with only 3GB of RAM may lead to the “Unable to Complete Scan” error message. For the highest density/HDR scans we’d recommend an iOS device with 4GB of RAM or higher.
    • We’ve noticed the reported battery state of charge can fluctuate more than expected and are investigating.
    • There may still be instances where the BLK360 is not responding to commands; usually acknowledging the warning and re-trying the scan works. Worst case, turning the BLK360 off and on again resolves the issue.
  • Insta360 ONE R: 
    • There may be instances where the ONE R freezes or is not responding to Capture commands. Restart the ONE R and if needed close and re-open Capture.
    • Update: the current production firmware (v.1.2.18) does support Matterport Capture. Prior production versions (1.2.16, 1.2.17 do not).
    • If you had the prior beta firmware installed (v.7.1.45) you will need to manually change to v.1.2.18. The ONE app will not automatically update from the beta because it is a higher version number. Go to insta360.com/download/insta360-oner, download the firmware file, and copy it to the root directory of your ONE R’s SD Card. Turn the ONE R off and on again to trigger the firmware update process.
  • Insta360 ONE X:
    • There may be instances where you experience an ‘error -1005’. Just retry - we’re working to eliminate this incident. Switching to modes and taking a shot may clear this (3D/360 View)
    • The “Enterprise Edition” of this camera includes on-camera image stitching. Matterport Capture has not been updated yet to request this and will still do hemisphere stitching and HDR on the iOS device, not the camera.
  • Insta360 ONE X2:
    • This new model has just been released and works with Capture using firmware v.1.0.8 and higher. Image quality tuning is not yet complete.
  • Ricoh Theta SC2: 
    • This camera may appear to work with Capture but it is not yet fully supported. Thus you are likely to experience intermittent errors.
  • Matterport for iPhone/iPad:
    • iOS devices with only 2GB of RAM are more prone to crash, especially with Complete scans (versus Simple).
  • Large job crashes:
    • In some cases Capture crashes with very large scan jobs (hundreds of scans) - this issue still exists from Capture 4.0.2 and we are using the improvements in crash analytics in this beta to try to trace root cause(s).

Current Beta - Capture on Android

Beta Release date: Out now!

We are actively developing Matterport Capture for Android. Interested? You can read more about trying Capture on Android in our Help Center

Supported cameras 

  1. Matterport Pro2 3D 
  2. Matterport Pro2 Lite 
  3. Insta360 ONE X 
  4. Insta360 ONE R (requires beta firmware - more details HERE)
  5. Ricoh Theta Z1 
  6. Ricoh Theta V 
  7. Ricoh Theta SC2

Not supported (yet!) 

  1. Original Matterport Pro 3D camera 
  2. Leica BLK360 
  3. Smartphone Capture 

Minimum device requirements 

  1. Phones & Tablets (Chromebooks are not supported)
  2. Android 8.X (Oreo), 9.X (Pie), 10.X (Q), 11.X
  3. 3GB of RAM 
  4. Android devices certified by Google and unrooted

Matterport offers betas as a preview of new features for our most passionate users. These features are currently in development and are not fully supported.

We encourage you to try it and tell us how you feel, but please do not use betas for critical, sensitive, or client work. Use backup iOS devices if possible.

For Android beta support, contact capture-beta@matterport.com

Current Beta - Matterport for iPhone 

Beta release date: Out now! 

Matterport for iPhone (Beta) allows you to create an immersive 3D model using only your iPhone's camera as the capture camera - we are currently beta testing this feature and would love to get some feedback from our user base.

You can try the Matterport for iPhone Beta by downloading the latest version of Matterport Capture from Apple's app store. The beta is bundled into the release. 

Matterport offers betas as a preview of new features for our most passionate users. These features are currently in development and are not fully supported.

We encourage you to try it and tell us how you feel, but please do not use betas for critical, sensitive, or client work. Use backup iOS devices if possible.

For beta support, contact capture-beta@matterport.com.  

Current Beta - Firmware

Beta release date: TBD.

Current firmware available in Capture app: 1.1.770.22011

Updates to the firmware are downloaded into the Capture application, and then transferred to the camera when your iOS device is connected to it.

Interested in being part of a future beta firmware? Sign up by filling out this short form 

Matterport offers betas as a preview of new features for our most passionate users. These features are currently in development and are not fully supported.

We encourage you to try it and tell us how you feel, but please do not use betas for critical, sensitive, or client work.

For beta support, contact capture-beta@matterport.com. 

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