3DF Zephyr allows you to automatically and easily create 3D models from photos: the process is completely automatic and no coded targets, manual editing or special equipments are needed: 3DF Zephyr is the perfect tool for 3D modelling from reality
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Release Date:
Feb 2, 2016

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December 3

3DF Zephyr 4.300 out now!

Good news, everyone!

3DF Zephyr 4.300 is out now!

Faster processing - both the Structure from Motion and the Multiview stereo phases have been significantly improved: for the SfM phase, the bundle adjustment has been improved for dealing with very big datasets and the speedup is especially significant when using more than 500 photos during the orientation phase. As for the MvS phase, the depth map generation was the slower part of the pipeline and we have improved it a lot using novel techniques.

Better detail - Our multiview stereo routine has been improved in several parts and it can recover even more detail than before. Improvements have also been made in the photoconsistency algorithm, which can now deal better with thin structures.

Knife cut tool - You can now cut through mesh triangles using planes (or bounding box) for a much more beautiful results

Improved UI and new bounding box - Many tools have been reorganized for a much more efficient workflow and an even cleaner UI design - to top it off, 4.3 also features a new improved bounding box and gizmo.

Export self-hosted 3d model - Quickly embed your 3D model on your website using this HTML/JS exporter.

CUDA 10.0 - Zephyr has been upgraded to use the latest NVIDIA CUDA toolkit, 10.0. This allows supporting the most recent cards. Please note that with this improvement, the support to older cards (CUDA capabilities < 3.0) has been dropped. Make sure to update your drivers!

Please note that if you are using a very old NVIDIA card, you should still have better performance now even in CPU (when compared to very old nvidia cards). If you have any question on this matter, simply contact support@3dflow.net


Full changelog:

  • Large dataset Bundle adjustment support (SfM Speedup)
  • Depth map generation speedups (MvS speedup)
  • Depth map generation quality improved
  • Improved thin structures extraction
  • Knife cut tool
  • Bindable keys
  • Improved UV viewer
  • Improved orientation
  • Bounding box selection
  • New bounding box
  • New dock for selection and editing
  • Select cameras from 3D
  • Update to Cuda 10.0
  • Better generate enhanced mesh behavior
  • Export self-hosted 3d model
  • Allowed export texture images only
  • Limit rendering
  • Batch tool can load .zep
  • Color comparison
  • Quick orientation tools don't change the scale
  • Detection of masks with different sizes
  • Mask auto propagation during sfm
  • Faster Mask by color
  • Fixed youtube upload with new API
  • Added button to switch to the rendering system
  • Heic image support
  • Added wrml exporter
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July 24

Win a DJI Spark Drone, 3DF Zephyr Licenses and much more! Announcing the 3Dflow World Cup 2018 contest!

We are happy to announce that registrations are now open for our upcoming 3Dflow World Cup 2018 contest!

This contest is a way for us to celebrate the recent 3DF Zephyr 4.0 release : everyone can play (no purchase required) and we have some cool prizes, too!

The grand prize is a DJI Spark drone and a full year of 3DF Zephyr Aerial, while the runner up will win a Manfrotto tripod and 12 months of 3DF Zephyr Pro. The 3rd place and 4th place will instead win a 50 USD Amazon gift card and 3 months of 3DF Zephyr Pro.

All winners will also get a Sketchfab subscription: they are sponsoring this contest with a 6 months Sketchfab Pro subscription (1st place) while 2nd to 4th place will win a 3 months Sketchfab Pro subscription!

Sounds good? Head over to https://worldcup.3dflow.net to read the full rules and to sign up! Registrations are open until July, 30th, 2018!
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About This Software

3DF Zephyr allows you to automatically and easily create 3D models from photos.

The process is completely automatic and no coded targets, manual editing or special equipments are needed: with a user friendly interface and the possibility to export in many common 3D formats, 3DF Zephyr is the perfect tool for 3D modelling from reality.

Steam Edition includes all 4.x updates.

Please note that 3DF Zephyr runs only on Microsoft Windows x64 operating systems (Vista and later)



Q: How long does it take to create a 3D reconstruction ?

A: this depends on the number of pictures, the resolution of the pictures, the settings used in Zephyr as well as the hardware of your computer! It can take from a few minutes up to even several hours! An example? The dismal statuette used in the video takes about 1 hour on an i7, 8GB ram notebook with a Quadro card. We have a trial version you can use so you can make your own tests before buying, but feel free to contact us if you want some clarifications!


Q: Which file formats can Zephyr export to?

A: Zephyr Lite can export to PLY , OBJ/MTL, FBX* and STL.

*Pro and Aerial can also save the Camera orientation in the FBX, although the Lite version can not.


Q: Does Zephyr support 3D printing out of the box?

A: The output, while ready for 3D printing, might need some adjustments in your 3D printer's software.


Q: Are there limits in 3DF Zephyr Lite, compared to the Pro edition?

A: Yes, most notably you'll be limited to 500 pictures per single project (which are a lot!) and up to 2 nVidia cards for GPU processing. For a more in depth feature comparison, feel free to check our website. However, remember that the core technology is the very same.


Q: How should i take pictures ?

A: The better the picture quality, the better the results. Obviously a DSLR camera works better than a phone camera, but you can get results even with reasonably cheap hardware. Please note that reflective and transparent surfaces might be a problem, which sometime can be solved in the way the pictures are shot, and sometimes they can't. In our free tutorials, we tackle this issues and we are always ready to take a look at your dataset if you have doubts. A certain overlap between images is required.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista 64 bit
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compatible video card with 256MB vram
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The full list of requirements and feature limitations can be found at http://zephyr.3dflow.net/
    • OS: Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista 64 bit
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA video card with > 2GB vram and CUDA capabilities > 2.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The full list of requirements and feature limitations can be found at http://zephyr.3dflow.net/

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