After you upload your imagery to DroneDeploy, our powerful processing software removes distortion and stitches individual photos together to create georeferenced mosaics.
Below is an explanation each of the layers of your DroneDeploy map:
Layers vary by plan
For more information on what data layers are available with each DroneDeploy plan, please see here.
Below is a brief overview video showing how to explore different map layers and use tools like annotations and measurements.
You can think of the 2D orthomosaic map as a birds-eye view of your area of interest.
2D map example, with annotations tools emphasized.
Making the most of your map
You can now easily explore maps between multiple maps in a location by clicking forward and back arrows to move to next and previous maps. This functionality is available to all users with maps in the same location.
When you view a map of a location that has been mapped multiple times, you will see forward and back arrows and a calendar date picker. Just click the forward button to move to the next map in time and the back button to view the previous map.
Analyzing your NDVI Data
We've developed the Plant Health layer to intelligently display your data for informed decision making. Please our Plant Health support documentation for an explanation on how to use these tools and read this map.
Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is a respected index for assessing vegetation health. If imagery is taken with a compatible camera, each pixel is assigned a color value within a range based on the formula that measures the relationship between bands of light. For more information, please see our explanation of NDVI Cameras for Drones .
For this reason, the example map in this section is different from the other maps on this help page. This map was featured as a case study in our blog post "Agriculture Drones Bring Big Value to Potato Growers."
NDVI on non-Near Infrared imagery
Plant Health, DroneDeploy's NDVI layer, is automatically generated on all Pro, Business, and Enterprise accounts. This includes free trials of the Pro plan. However, unless your data was captured using a camera modified to capture Near-Infrared light, this layer will be a representation of NDVI. Though not a true NDVI map, this can give an overall impression of differences in vegetation vs. inorganic material such as roads or buildings.
The elevation layer provides the digital surface model information used to measure and understand the elevations of your map. Please click here for a full explanation of the Elevation toolbox.
3D models give you a different perspective on your area of interest and are a great visualization tool.
Image Capture for 3D models
Incorporating imagery from different angles is crucial for producing good quality 3D models. See our 3D modeling guide here.