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Video Capture

Video Capture

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Cupix highly recommends using the Capture App's Video Mode to capture a site. Here's why:

  • Record a single Area up to 1 hour at a time using supported 360° camera models.
  • At any time while recording, stop for a few seconds to capture a higher resolution photo, then continue walking the site.
  • 360° panos are automatically positioned for your SiteView.



Video Capture

General rules for a successful video capture:

  • Open doors and turn on lights during the capture.
  • Walk & turn slowly, like you are carrying a hot cup of coffee.
  • Stop for 3 seconds, then continue walking to take a higher resolution photo of an area.
  • Record videos from 20 to 60 minutes long with Ricoh and Insta360 cameras.
  • Record shorter videos in these situations:
    • For faster SiteView processing, record each video in 10 minutes or less.
    • For better measurement accuracy, take shorter videos (between 3-7 minutes).

Watch an example video capture:


Walking Path Examples

Here is an example of a GOOD video walking path:


Here is an example of the BEST video walking path:

Notice how there is less spacing in the walking path above. In general, walking more in an area is better than less.


Best Practices

Plan your Walking Path

Before creating a capture, familiarize yourself with the location and plan your path by walking through the site with the reference plan you will use. Planning the path prior to recording ensures you won't forget to capture certain areas that are easy to overlook. This is especially important if you will be creating and comparing multiple digital twins of the same site using captures taken on different dates. You do not want areas like rooms or short hallways to be missing in the final capture.

Tips:

  • When capturing large spaces, make sure to walk back and forth across the area to fully capture the space. This can be achieved by walking in a 'S' or lawnmower pattern.
  • When capturing a narrow area (i.e., hallway), walk straight through it. Avoid getting too close to the walls.
Practice your Capture
Prior to recording long video captures of a site, we highly suggest doing a short practice capture and uploading it using the Cupix Capture App. Practicing will help you find the best walking speed, acceptable arm/head movements, and path for the actual capture.
Minimize Shaking

Walk slowly and steadily during the entire video capture to prevent blurry photos.

Slow down even more when turning.

When using the helmet mount:

  • Keep your head steady and avoid shaking or bobbing. If you need to look in a different direction, turn your head slowly.
  • Keep your head upright and facing forward while recording.
  • Avoid tilting your head up or down (i.e., looking at the floor or ceiling).

When using a selfie-stick, avoid shaking it or moving it around quickly.



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