You can change the common application setting. To open the application settings, go to the Workflow tab / .
- Automatic updates Turn the automatic updates on or off.
- Check for updates Click the button to check the latest program updates.
- Log file Enable to write and save the log file in the Windows Temp folder.
- Operation log data Enable uploading the data about used features, settings, and processes to our servers. This data can be used to improve the user experience or serve as the repro steps in case of errors and crashes. Please note that any other data are not sent, and we will have no access to your input data or project files. No sensitive data are being forwarded or stored.
- Tutorial mode When enabled, the corresponding information from the help will be shown based on which tool is being used.
- Auto save mode Enable or disable automatic saving of the project. The project is saved next to the original project with an extension .autosave. In case of a new project, changes are saved in the cache folder. More about autosave here.
- Navigation style Change the way in which the 3Ds view is navigated. Choose from the default, Autodesk or Leica.
- Cache location Choose where the cache files are going to be stored. After choosing the custom location, you will be asked do you want to move the old cache files. If you choose to move them, then all files will be moved to a new location. If you choose not to move them, the files won’t be moved, and the new cache location will be empty. More about the cache files here.
- Clear cache on exit Choose a desired period of time for the application to clear the cache. Please note that keeping RealityCapture temporary (cache) files can be useful for re-using already detected points and reconstructed depth maps.
- Clear cache Click the button to empty the cache folder.
- Cache image metadata When enabled, a hidden system file (crmeta.db) with metadata from EXIF (such as resolution) is saved for input images - in order to speed up access to the images.
Change the number of triangles that can be displayed in the 3Ds view while using the solid or sweet scene render modes.
- Max points to display The maximal amount of a point able to be rendered in the 3Ds view. The more points you set, the denser but slower render you get.
- Max triangles to display (Max GPU memory) Choose how much of the GPU memory should be used for rendering. This determines the number of triangles that will be displayed. There are three settings, with options to use 20%, 40% (default), or 80% of your VRAM. It will say how many triangles can be displayed next to each setting based on the VRAM of your machine.
Visual and Language Settings
Use these settings to change the application's visual style and UI language.
- Zoom Change the size of all user interface elements (texts, panels, windows), except for ribbons.
- Animated UI Enable or disable fading of the application windows in and out of visibility.
- UI language Switch to a different language to be used in the whole application, including Help.
- Reset layout and dialogs Click the button to reset the user interface to its default state.
Change the settings used to enhance the image brightness and contrast when placing the control points.
- Brightness enhancement Enable the brightness and contrast enhancement during the placing of a control point.
- Automatic adjustment Enable the automatic adjustments based on the visible area of an image.
- Autodetection focus Choose the area that is going to be used for the automatic adjustment.
- Maximal brightness change Defines by how much brightness can change. Shows up when the Automatic adjustment is enabled.
- Maximal contrast Set the maximal contrast that can be displayed. Shows up when the Automatic adjustment is enabled.
- Brightness Set brightness to a constant value. Shows up when the Automatic adjustment is disabled.
- Contrast Set contrast to a constant value. Shows up when the Automatic adjustment is disabled.
Common settings which applies when a user imports images or RealityCapture components.
Group calibration by exif To group camera parameters automatically using EXIF data, when images are added to a project, set this parameter to True. More about grouping here.
Copy imported components to cache Set to True in case your cache is located on an SSD disk, and you want to speed up the access to components.
Ignore exif GPS If an image includes GPS coordinates in the EXIF, you can globally turn on/off their use here. Alternatively, you may do it in the sensorsdb.xml per camera.
RealityCapture can work with multiple coordinate systems at once, e.g., each control point can be measured w.r.t. a different coordinate system. Here, you can change the project and the output coordinate system.
Project coordinate system A reference coordinate system, click here.
Output coordinate system for export in a different coordinate system. More information here.
Here, you can define a sequence of tasks that are applied when you press the
Alignment precision Choose Draft for the fast estimation of camera poses with lower precision or High for the highest precision.
Select components If alignment resulted in more than one component, you can choose here which components will be processed further: all components/the greatest one/with at least 25% images/stop if more components.
Reconstruction region Define whether RealityCapture should restrict the reconstruction area: automatic/do not restrict. We recommend to always use the reconstruction region.
Reconstruction mode Choose Preview for fast reconstruction with low detail, Normal for the sufficiently detailed reconstruction or, High for the maximal resolution but with higher computation time.
Mesh filtration When enabled, it will select the largest model component, invert the selection, and filter out the selected parts of the model. This can be used to remove floaters.
Colors and texturing Choose how to colorize the model: White-color scheme for not calculating colors; per-vertex color for faster computations (suitable for denser models); textures for more realistic textures but with higher computation time; or both vertex colors and textures.
Change the settings used to texture the model
Texturing Style While the Visibility-based style is fast and sharp, the Photo-consistency based style is slower with more complex results. Mosaicing based style (experimental) divides the surface of the model into areas, and a single image source is used to texture each area and blend at the seams. This is in contrast with blending methods that create textures by averaging over multiple image sources. Maximal, Minimal and Average intensity will give a point an intensity value (monochrome) as a result of all of the cameras that see that point.
Maximal texture count Choose the amount of textures that will be made (RealityCapture will try to make 8k if there is adequate data).
Smooth Choose whether the model will be smoothed.
Simplify Choose whether the model should be simplified or not.
Change the settings used to simplify the model
Type You can choose from four types of simplification modes:
Absolute is applied according to the Target triangle count.
It simplifies models to a selected number of triangles - recommended way.
Relative is executed based on the Target triangle percentage.
This one simplifies models to a chosen percentage of the number of triangles of the original models.
Maximum of absolute and relative will pick the higher triangle count from the Absolute and Relative types.
Minimum of absolute and relative will pick the lower triangle count from the Absolute and Relative types.
Color reprojection Enable/disable reprojecting the color layer from the source model onto a simplified model.
Normal reprojection Enable/disable reprojecting the normal layer from the source model onto a simplified model. The third option, Automatic, means that the normal layer is reprojected only in cases when it is reasonable to create it.
Progress End Notification
When a process has ended, you can define an immediate follow-up action using these settings.
Minimal process duration Set a minimal duration after which RealityCapture will execute the notification task. This value is in seconds. For practical reasons, this value should be greater than 60.
Action Choose one of these for the program to be carried out after the time set above lapses: none / play a sound / execute a program. When choosing to Execute a program, a user may also define command-line parameters (for example, an error message, duration, process type, RealityCapture setting, scene name), which will call an external program.
Write the following sequence of commands into a field Command-line process in the settings panel:
"C:\Users\user\Desktop\post-op.bat" "Process $(processId) has finished with result code $(processResult) after $(processDuration:d) seconds on scene $(sceneName)"
NOTE: If the file path contains spaces, it must be in double quotation marks (""), such as the example "C:\Users\user\Desktop\post-op.bat".
Create "post-op.bat" file that contains commands to write the process result into a file named with the current date and time:
%date:~-4,4% are the last four characters of the current date (the year).
%date:~-8,2% are the eighth and seventh characters from the right side (the month).
%date:~-12,2% are the twelfth and eleventh characters from the right side (the day).
The same principle applies for the time as well.
The format of the date and time depends on the Windows region and language settings. To check the format, please execute in a command prompt window the following commands:
After the process (with Minimal process duration) is complete, a file RC_date_time.log is created with the result of a process in the form:
"Process 020735 has finished with result code 00 after 120 seconds on scene New scene"
RealityCapture integrates a documentation system, which allows you to record a video during your workflow.
The screen grabber captures the window area and stores it on a disk with quality, resolution, and frame rate defined below.
The system automatically recognizes whether a time-consuming process is running.
Then, the screen grabber automatically reduces the capturing and speeds it up so that every process appears in the final video at maximum 8 seconds long, regardless of how long it really took.
You do not need to worry about hours of non-changing videos.
- Output folder for documents created by the screen grabber tool. See also this short tutorial: Video Screen Grabber.
- File prefix of the videos made by the screen grabber.
- Frames per second Set the number.
- Stop when process finished When set to 'Yes', the screen grabber will stop recording with the process completion.
- Play sound on start/stop Set to 'Yes' when you want to be notified about the start/end of the screen recording.
- Output type These are the possible options to choose from: frames as JPG/PNG, a Windows Media Video, or an mp4 video.
- Resolution SVGA 800x600 / 720p HD ready / 1080p Full HD / 4k / window size.
- Bit rate 256/400/700/1500/2500/4000 kbps or 40/80 mbps. For more details, expand the pull-out menu in this line of the Application Settings panel.
- Audio recording Include audio recording from the default audio source to your video. Choose from: No Audio / Normal Quality (96 kbps) / YouTube Quality (128 kbps) / Pop-star Quality (160 kbps).
Change the application owner and license-related settings, or remove the license activation.
(Some settings might not be visible under certain types of licenses.)
- Change application owner License the application to another owner. Use this option to change the license type or the type of account.
- Extend computer activation Extend the computer activation and lock an active license to this computer for a period of time that was set during the activation of the application.
- Prolong for offline use Prolong your offline use of the application with a PPI license for 30 days.
- Enable activation auto renew If you want to renew computer activation automatically, choose Enable.
- Remove your license activation Removes your current license activation from the PC and forgets you as a user.
You can export and import the global settings of the application here.
Export global settings Click the button to export the global settings of the application to .rcconfig file.
Import global settings Click the button to import the global settings of the application from .rcconfig file.