While Autodesk’s free ReCap 360, still exists, there is now an option available for upgrade that unlocks the gates to all of the advanced features for working with laser scans or photo data — ReCap 360 Pro.
As part of a subscription plan, ReCap 360 Pro can be obtained for $300 annually or rented on a monthly basis for $40. All current subscribers to Ultimate can directly enroll to the new offering and get access to all of the latest Pro features.
ReCap 360 Pro allows users to convert point clouds into 3D textured meshes. The Scan-to-Mesh service helps isolate objects in a point cloud and uses cloud computing to create a water-tight 3D textured mesh. It is similar to the photogrammetry process in ReCap 360 for converting photos into a high-resolution 3D mesh. Users simply upload the scan data to the cloud and will get an email when their mesh is complete and ready for download. This means that numerous projects can be processed in parallel without relying on desktop computing.
Another feature is an Auto-Cleanup tool, which lets users easily remove noise from scanned data, like people in motion and moving cars. Instead of spending hours doing this work manually, it can now be done with one click.
Fly features for drone photos are also a part of the ReCap 360 Pro offering. The Photo-to-3D web service has been updated with drone specific features to allow the creation of geo-located ortho views and depth maps, photo-based point clouds and photo-textured 3D meshes from photos tagged with GPS information. Users can also input survey points in the stitching process to increase accuracy or to align a drone photo based point cloud with a laser scan point cloud.
ReCap 360 Pro also offers batch project creation from a host of input files, allowing users to convert raw format point cloud files to the RCP and RCS indexed formats without the need to go through ReCap. RCS is the native point cloud format for all Autodesk software. By converting raw scan data to RCS point clouds, that data can now be brought directly in Autodesk design software such as AutoCAD, Revit, 3Ds Max, Infraworks, Civil 3D, Navisworks, Inventor, Plant 3D and Map 3D.
This chart shows all the upgrades in Pro compared to the basic ReCap 360 version. The initial version can still be used for free for functions like importing, viewing, editing and measuring tools for point cloud data. It is available in most Autodesk suites or as a download with 5 GB of cloud storage on A360 Drive.
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