VANCOUVER, BC (SIGGRAPH 2014) - Acute3D was on hand to show that it, too, could make 3D models from photographs with their Smart3DCapture software.
Readers of The CAD Insider have learned about Autodesk's ability to create models from photos and may have thought Autodesk was the only game in town. As it turns out, an area in the south of France where Autodesk acquired this technology, was also the birthplace for Acute3D -- and may indeed have been a hotbed for the entire photogrammetry industry.
Smart3DCapture, by Acute3D, operates similarly to Autodesk's 123D Catch and ReCap Photo. You take multiple photos of an object, varying the point of view as much as you can, and the software stitches the photos together, creating a 3D model.
It may be the same technology under the hood. The difference between the products and companies is still not clear. However, one basic difference Acute3D makes is that it does the transformation locally (on your own computer) whereas Autodesk's ReCap is cloud based and does it over the Internet.
Acute3D is free to use for up to 250 photos at 20MB resolution each for a total of 5 gigapixels of data. Pascal Martinez, biz dev for Acute3D, say that should be enough to not just get you started but able to put together a fairly large model.
"Like the model of San Francisco's financial district I saw by Autodesk?" and I realize too late I may be goading Pascal.
"We made that model for Autodesk," says Pascal. "That was our people who did that."
Smart3D employs about a 11 of those people in Paris and in Valbonne Sophia Antipoilis, in the French Riviera, in close proximity to REALVIZ, the company Autodesk bought in 2008, and purportedly the technology hub of France.
City modeling is far from free, however. The highest addition of Smart3DCapture, Smart3DCapture Ultimate, starts at $27,300