Agisoft Metashape Professional Edition is a Structure-from-Motion (SfM) and photogrammetry tool that allows users to create a 3D object from a series of photos. In this brief tutorial, we will provide you with a basic introduction both to SfM technology and to Agisoft Metashape. The instructions explain the behind-the-scenes processes of Agisoft Metashape and contain pictures of a basic project workflow. For more details about photogrammetry and Agisoft Metashape, you can access the Agisoft Metashape user manual here. The Kenan Makerspace also has a printed version of this manual for use as well as a computer with the professional version of Agisoft Metashape on it.
Metashape is installed on a computer in the Kenan Science Library Makerspace. Email us at KenanMakerspace@unc.edu to set up an appointment to use the computer or ask us any questions about using Agisoft PhotoScan.
Photogrammetry is a process by which a series of photographs are used to measure distances between objects. Structure-from-Motion is a process that relies on photogrammetric measurements to generate a 3D model of an object or environment. A user loads a series of photos into a photogrammetry program and the computer then uses a set of algorithms to detect discernible features (e.g. the corner of a door) within each photo. The photogrammetry software then connects the detected features by comparing photos, and from that comparison, the software constructs a 3D model.
Pronouns: he, him, his