How to convert data/outputs

If your data/output is not in the format necessary/desired, here's how you can convert it.

GCP Input

Note:  for GCPs, MGC currently only supports WGS84 (EPSG:4326)/EGM96 Geoid Orthometric heights (MSL). If you need to convert your XY coordinates or heights, please see the horizontal/vertical coordinates sections below.

Horizontal Coordinates

If you need to convert the X & Y locations for the coordinates of your GCPs into lat-long decimal degrees (WGS84)(EPSG:4326), Complete the following steps:

  1. Go to's transform coordinates page.
  2. Change the input coordinate system to the coordinate system used to capture your GCP XY data.
    1. If you have any trouble finding/selecting the correct coordinate system, you can also lookup EPSG codes at Spatial Reference.
    2. From here you can enter the EPSG code directly into the URL, and refresh the page. The page will update with the correct input coordinate system.
  3. Click Transform, and set the output format to dec. Your coordinates will be converted into WGS84!
    GCPs converted
  4. Depending on what coordinate system was used, you may be able to also batch convert a list of your coordinates:
    batch convert coordinates
  5. Repeat step 3/do step 4 until you have converted all of the XY parts of your GCPs into WGS84.

Vertical Coordinates

MGC currently only supports EGM96 Geoid heights (Absolute height relative to MSL). 
and not ellipsoid heights (geodetic heights) measured by a GPS, nor geoid heights (orthometric)(MSL) heights relative to a different geoid. Please ensure height values in EGM96 Geoid are the values being entered.

To learn more about elevation, feel free to check out this article.

If your elevation values are ellipsoidal, please complete the following steps:

  1. Ensure your XY coordinates have already been converted into WGS84 Lat/Long (See above).
  2. Enter the Lat/Long for each of your GCPs on this website and your ellipsoidal height to get the height in EGM 96:
    1. If your ellipsoidal heights are recorded in feet/inches, they must be converted to meters. There are many free sites to do this.

  3. You now have the orthometric height! We recommend using a spreadsheet to help keep yourself organized while converting values. Here's an example format:
    orthometric heights

    Note: The geoid height is negative in nearly all of the continental US. Your ellipsoidal values should be lower than your orthometric (MSL) values if your data is from the continental US.

  4. Your heights and horizontal/vertical accuracy must all be in the same units. If your horizontal/vertical accuracy measurements are in feet, you must either convert your orthometric heights to feet or your horizontal/vertical accuracy to meters.
  5. Now that all of your data is converted, you should be ready to submit! Submit the Latitude/Longitude, Orthometric height, horizontal accuracy, and vertical accuracy into Ground Control.

If your elevation values are another EGM geoid  (like EGM 2008 or EGM84), but not EGM 96, please complete the following steps:

  1. Ensure your XY coordinates have already been converted into WGS84 Lat/Long (See above).
  2. Enter the Lat/Long for each of your GCPs on this website to determine the EGM offset:
    EGM Offset
  3. From here, take the offset value that matches your current vertical coordinate system (N), and add it to your orthometric EGM height (H), and that will be the ellipsoid height(h). In other words:
    1. h = N + H
  4. Apply this formula for all of your orthometric heights to get ellipsoid heights. Now that you have ellipsoid heights, convert your ellipsoid heights into EGM96 using the steps mentioned above (i.e. If you have ellipsoid heights).

If your elevation values are in another coordinate system, you may be able to convert your values using this page. (US datasets)

If you are still experiencing trouble, please contact

Convert outputs

Note: All outputs downloaded will be in WGS84 (EPSG:3857)/EGM96 Geoid, with units in meters, regardless of the units displayed in Ground Control/Pix4D Cloud.

Orthomosaic - When viewing an orthomosaic in Pix4D cloud, when hovering over the ortho, Elevation measurements will be should in feet, but you can see the value in meters in the Z field of the bottom information bar (marked in red):
units pix4d cloud-2
DSM: The color range for the DSM raster will be based in feet when displayed in Pix4D Cloud, but will output with meter values for elevation. If desired you can convert values in the DSM from meters to feet using this tool in QGIS.
Contours:  Through our system, we currently only offer the contour output as a json file, and when viewed in Ground Control, is displayed in feet using 1 meter intervals. However, we are working on making this file available as a shapefile, and this feature should be available soon. In the meantime, if you have a project that you need the contours in another file format, just send us the 6 digit project ID. We can send you the data as a shapefile. The shapefile will be in meters using 1-meter intervals.
Contour line units/distance - Currently, we don't have the ability to change the spacing between contour lines. However, you can convert the contour values in the shapefile from meters to feet using QGIS's field calculator.

Orthomosaic Reprojection: If you need to reproject an orthomosaic you can do so in QGIS. Here's a video tutorial.

DSM/Contour Reprojection: You can reproject the horizontal and vertical coordinate system of your data by using the OSGeo4WShell (installed automatically with QGIS). Use the following command in the OSGEO4WShell to reproject your DSM/Contours:
gdalwarp  -s_srs EPSG:3857+5773 -t_srs EPSG:XXXX+ZZZZ <PATH>\<input>.file <PATH>\<output>.file
Where the X's are the EPSG Code for the desired output horizontal coordinate system, and the Z's are the output vertical coordinate system.
You can research Horizontal Coordinate System Codes here.
You can research Vertical Coordinate System Codes here.
Here's an example converting Measure's default output into 2231 (Northern Colorado) for the horizontal coordinate system and WGS84 Ellipsoid for the vertical coordinate system:
project raster
For more information about this conversion process, see this link.