Retrieve valuable contextual scan data post-flight. To access the photos off of your device, you must remove the microSD card from your Skydio 2. Use any microSD or SD card reader to view and copy your full-resolution photos to your personal computer. 


Quick Steps

Accessing Scan Data

Step 1 - Insert the Media Card into a card reader

Step 2 - Locate the card reader in your file manager 

Step 3 - Select the scans folder and locate your desired scan


Folder titles include the scan name followed by a UTC timestamp

Example: scans/Scan_Name__2021-06-02T19-50-55..135854+00-00

Step 4 - View, copy and share the scan files as-needed

Creating 3D Reconstructions

To create a 3D reconstruction model upload your files to your preferred photogrammetry software program (such as DroneDeploy or Bentley):

Step 1 - Complete steps 1-5 in the Accessing Scan Data section above

Step 2 - Import the JPGs into your preferred photogrammetry software program


Insert the media card into your computer to display folders:


DCIM - Digital Camera Images

    • Contains a subfolder titled 100SKYDO which houses low-resolution video files (.LRV) of your scan. You will not need these files to create 3D reconstructions. 


    • Contains individual scans titled by scan name followed by a UTC timestamp 

Example: 3D_Capture__2021-05-20T19-50-55.135854+00-00


File types

Hypertext Markup Language (.HTML)

Includes a report with the summary of your scan details. Click this to view a webpage that outlines the following information:

    • Scan ID
    • Time and date
    • GPS location
    • Scan setting details (scan mode, overlap, sidelap, scan passes etc.)
    • Scan area 
    • Number of pillars set
    • Number of batteries used
    • Total flights and flight time
    • Total number of images (captured manually and autonomously) 

Graphics Language Transmission Format (.glTF)

    • standard file format for 3D models - displayed in the Edge Model Viewer


Joint Photographic Experts Group (.JPG)

    • compressed images captured during your scan. You will need these files for creating reconstructions in photogrammetry software programs


Protocol Buffer (.PBUF)

    • serialized scan metadata - not necessary for 3D reconstructions

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