Potential use of drone ultra-high-definition videos for detailed 3D city modeling

B. Alsadik*, Yousif Hussein Khalaf

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Ongoing developments in video resolution either using consumer-grade or professional cameras has opened opportunities for different applications such as in sports events broadcasting and digital cinematography. In the field of geoinformation science and photogrammetry, image-based 3D city modeling is expected to benefit from this technology development. Highly detailed 3D point clouds with low noise are expected to be produced when using ultra high definition UHD videos (e.g., 4K, 8K). Furthermore, a greater benefit is expected when the UHD videos are captured from the air by consumer-grade or professional drones. To the best of our knowledge, no studies have been published to quantify the expected outputs when using UHD cameras in terms of 3D modeling and point cloud density. In this paper, a quantification is shown about the expected point clouds and orthophotos qualities when using UHD videos from consumer-grade drones and a review of which applications they can be applied in. The results show that an improvement in 3D models of ~=65% relative accuracy and ~=90% in point density can be attained when using 8K video frames compared with HD video frames which will open a wide range of applications and business cases in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number34
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalISPRS international journal of geo-information
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2022


  • 3D city modeling
  • Drone
  • Point density
  • RMSE
  • UAV
  • UHD video
  • Videogrammetry


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