Adding data from Match-AT to a mosaic dataset

This topic applies to ArcEditor and ArcInfo only.

MATCH-AT is an automatic digital aerial triangulation package from INPHO. Both analog and digital cameras are supported. The input file used by this raster type is the MATCH-AT project file.

Match-AT data can be added to a mosaic dataset using the Match-AT raster type.

  1. Create a mosaic dataset.
  2. In the Catalog window or ArcCatalog, right-click the mosaic dataset and click Add Rasters.

    The Add Rasters To Mosaic Dataset tool opens.

  3. Click the Raster Type drop-down list and click Match-AT.
  4. Click the Edit Raster Type Properties button Properties.

    The Raster Type Properties dialog box is opened. Here you will enter specific information about the DEM and camera.

  5. Click the Properties tab.

    This tab allows you to define the properties used to define the elevation model used in the orthorectification of the imagery.


    Make sure the spatial reference system in the exterior orientation file and the DEM are the same; otherwise, you may have to modify the DEM by either checking the Geoid check box or entering z offset and factor values.

  6. Click the Orthorectification using elevation radio button to choose one of the methods:

    Average elevation

    When using the Match-AT raster type, the average elevation is read from the project file.

    Constant elevation

    Enter the value of the constant (average) elevation for the area covered by the images.


    Choose the DEM from a raster dataset, mosaic dataset, image service, or WCS service you want to use for orthorectification.

    If you need to apply a geoid correction to your elevation data you should create a mosaic dataset containing the elevation data and use the Arithmetic function to apply the required equation. For specific steps, see Converting from orthometric to ellipsoidal heights.

  7. Optionally, you may need to set the Elevation adjustment parameters.

    Z offset

    The base value to be added to the elevation value in the DEM. This could be used to offset elevation values that do not start at sea level.

    Z factor

    The scaling factor used to convert the elevation values. The scaling factor is used for two purposes: first, to convert the elevation units (such as meters or feet) to the horizontal coordinate units of the dataset, which may be feet, meters, or degrees, and second, to add vertical exaggeration for visual effect.

  8. Click the Auxiliary Inputs tab.
  9. Click the Camera browse button, navigate to the camera file, then click Open.

    This is an optional parameter and has to be specified if the camera information is not in the project file.


    If a MATCH-AT version 5 project has the camera information embedded, an external camera file is not required. MATCH-AT projects of other versions must have an external camera file.

  10. Click OK.
  11. Click the Input drop-down arrow and click File.
  12. Click the browse button Browse, navigate to the Match-AT project file (.prj), then click Open.

    The project file is added to the Source list.

  13. Optionally, click the General tab.

    By clicking the Save As button, you can save the changes made to the raster type so it can be reused at another time.

    To use the .art file you save, you can browse to it rather than selecting Match-AT in the Raster Type list.

  14. Optionally, if you won't be recalculating the footprints, you can check Update Overviews.

    You might want to shrink the footprints. If so, don't check Update Overviews; complete running this tool. Use the Build Footprints tool and specify a value for Shrink Distance. (Also change the maximum and minimum data values to the high and lows of the bit depth, such as 0 and 255 for 8-bit data). Finally, you can build overviews using the Build Overviews tool.

  15. There may be some additional details you need to define within the Advanced Options section, although it is not always necessary. For example:
    1. If the spatial reference for the input data is different from the mosaic dataset, you will need to define it with the Coordinate system for Input Data parameter.
    2. If the data does not have pyramids or statistics, you can calculate them by checking Build Raster Pyramids and Calculate Statistics.
  16. Click OK to run the tool and add the data to the mosaic dataset.

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