Some questions regarding the new Pro2 - 4K Cameras

Hello!

The processed models from the new 4k cameras look great! 

That said, I have a few questions:

1. Will the time to process the models in the cloud be longer?


2. How will the model sizes within the iPad Capture App be affected?  (Will they be 40 times larger than normal?)


3. Will this result in longer Alignment times whilst scanning? (I'm guessing "No")


4. How long does it take to transfer the data from the camera to the iPad? (Does the new camera have a faster WiFi?)


5. Does it take longer to preview an individual scan? (I'm guessing "Yes")


6. Will this affect the recommended number of scans per model? (Still 200 or less?)


7. Will this result in significantly larger models for the end user to download? This could be a problem for those with older computers/browsers as well as those who don't have very good Internet connections.


8. Will it be possible to reduce the image resolution of the processed models if they prove to be too large for our clients?


9. Will Matterport ship cameras directly to existing camera operators who are not located in the US (and who trade in their cameras) or will the cameras still need to be sent via MyUS.com?


10. When a camera is traded in will the documentation sent back with the new camera be sufficient to avoid paying the full import taxes on the "new" cameras? I'd rather pay the import tax on just the difference after the rebate has been applied.


11. What sort of documentation will need to be included with the cameras that are traded back in?


12. How long will it be before the embedded GPS is used to help process outdoor scans?

13. What are the specs for the GPS receiver in the camera? (Is it a dual frequency receiver?)

14. Who owns the copyright for the 4k pictures that can be downloaded directly from the web site once the model is ready?

That's about all that I can think of for now!

All the best,

Stuart

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  • I have had the opportunity to test the Pro2 3D Camera and have some experiences to share in response to your questions.

    1. Will the time to process the models in the cloud be longer?

    I have not noticed a difference in time.  The 3D Mesh is the same quality and it is my understanding that most of the processing relates to aligning the 3D Mesh.

    2. How will the model sizes within the iPad Capture App be affected?  (Will they be 40 times larger than normal?)

    They are considerably larger due to the 5 megapixel imagery.  Make sure to have plenty of room!  Estimate 5x larger.

    3. Will this result in longer Alignment times whilst scanning? (I'm guessing "No")

    No.  The Pro2 actually seems to be much better at alignment!

    4. How long does it take to transfer the data from the camera to the iPad? (Does the new camera have a faster WiFi?)

    The Pro2 seems faster, despite the file size difference.  As listed on the 'buy.matterport.com' FAQ - the Pro2 runs at 5Ghz n/ac, whereas the Pro1 runs at 2.4Ghz b/g/n.  This means that the Pro2 has a stronger signal and faster transfer rate.

    5. Does it take longer to preview an individual scan? (I'm guessing "Yes")

    No.

    6. Will this affect the recommended number of scans per model? (Still 200 or less?)

    Great question.  I would love to know this also.

    7. Will this result in significantly larger models for the end user to download? This could be a problem for those with older computers/browsers as well as those who don't have very good Internet connections.

    No.  Matterport's Showcase player is highly optimized and streams images at the most optimized size for the device you are using.  The 3D Mesh is relatively the same.  The higher quality imagery doesn't really change the download size.  The higher resolution imagery is utilized when the tour is viewed on a large screen or when zooming.

    8. Will it be possible to reduce the image resolution of the processed models if they prove to be too large for our clients?

    Not necessary.

     

    Qusetions 9 - 15 are great too -- hopefully @Amir will chime in and help with them!

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  • Thanks Chris - much appreciated for answering most of the questions. Hopefully @Amir can answer the rest! :)

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  • Hi Chris,

    One more question:

    Have you tried adding scans from the new camera to a job that was originally shot with the old camera? We have clients that may want us to come back and either add new rooms or redo rooms that were shot with the old camera. I assume it will work but I just want to be sure! 

    All the best,

    Stuart

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  • I have not tried this, I have heard been told that it will not work.  I will try it :)

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  • Thanks Chris - much appreciated! :-)

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