Part 3 – Data Export

Chapter 3.2 – Export 3-D Model


This chapter describes the steps to export the 3-D Model into a variety of external data formats.

Export 3-D Model

The option to export a 3-D Model from Photoscan into dedicated, 3-D rendering software (e.g. AutoDesk Revit or SketchUP) allows animators and other visual artists work directly with the photogrammetric data produced in Photoscan. Available export options are;

Screenshot showing all the different 3D model export file formats including wavefront obj, 3ds models, vrml models, collada, stanford ply, stl models, alembic, autodesk fbx, autdodesk dxf polyline, autodesk dxf 3dface, openscenegraph, u3d models, adobe pdf, and google earth kmz
Photoscan 3-D model export file formats

One of the most common and widely used applications that can be used to visualize 3-D models is Google Earth. To export the 3D Model, right-click on it in the Workspace and select Export Model…. 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.

Screenshot of the export model dialogue box with the following settings, cameras, export texture and JPG file format all checked on and precision left at the default 6
Photoscan export model settings for Google Earth KMZ

Once the point cloud is exported, double-clicking on it should launch Google Earth and the software will automatically navigate to the correct geographical location.

Screenshot of a 3-D Model exported from Photoscan in KMZ and added to Google Earth
3-D Model exported to Google Earth