Part 3 – Data Export

Chapter 3.1 – Export Dense Cloud


This chapter describes the steps to export the Dense Cloud into a variety of external data formats.

Export Dense Cloud

Although MetaShape is competently able to process dense point clouds into 3D map products, there are also other software packages which are specifically designed to process point clouds (e.g. TerraScan, SolidWorks or Cyclone). Dedicated point cloud processing software gives the user access to a wider range of tools with which to manipulate and edit the point cloud in order to produce a variety of architectural and geographic data products.

To facilitate this, MetaShape has an option to export the point cloud into a variety of industry-standard data formats including;

A screenshot of all the possible export formats for a dense cloud in photoscan including wavefront obj, standford ply, xyz point cloud, asprs las, laz, astm e57, topcon cl3, ascii pts, autodesk, dxf, u3d, adobe pdf, potree, cesium 3d tiles, and agisoft oc3
Fig. 22 Photoscan dense cloud export formats

One of the most common and widely used dense cloud data formats is LAS. To export the Dense Cloud, right-click on it in the Workspace and select Export Dense Cloud…. Navigate to where you want to save the data set, enter a name, select a file format and click Save.

The suggested output parameters are shown in the screenshot below, but they may vary depending on the specific software and user requirements.

Screen shot of MetaShape export dense cloud into LAS format parameter window using default settings
Fig. 23 Parameter settings to export dense cloud to LAS format.

Once the point cloud is exported, it can be opened directly in an external software package.


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