I run a small drone photography business primarily serving real estate and construction. For almost a year I’ve been growing into mapping, and have used Pix4d and Drone Deploy at various subscription levels. Have also researched available alternative mapping engines and am strongly motivated to want ODM to work for me.
With only a handful of mapping gigs in a year, the obvious biggest problem for a small business is the cost of the mapping processing. I would like to have ODM become my primary engine, but my first outing with it on a job with ~400 photos had to be aborted after 19 hours so I could switch to a known alternative and get the job delivered.
I’m running Win10 on a dual-quad core machine at 2.4GHz clock speed with SSD and 60GB RAM. Not the latest and greatest, but I thought it shouldn’t be a huge handicap either. That same job on this same machine was done in 12 hours in Pix4d, also all processed locally.
I’m seeking advice on what I should expect from ODM. I may have toggled on some features that caused the long run in ODM, and if so, it’ll get better as I climb the learning curve. Could I expect to cut the ODM run time in half if I spring for a high end PC? Should I recognize that ODM isn’t yet at similar processing turn-around times that the commercial programs achieve?
Perhaps stated more plainly, should I expect to get similar run time performance on ODM that I get with Pix4d for the same list of deliverables? I already believe that the quality of the ODM deliverables will take care of my needs, but the long processing time won’t let me support the client timing needs. Trying to decide what direction to move. Any advice from those with more ODM milage is appreciated.
Thanks … Bob R