Satellite Imagery DEM Files

DEM files are great for creating a basis in reality for environments. There is a little big of a work flow to use them but it is totally worth it. First, go to website to download the dem data. I use National Maps. They revamped the website so it took me a little bit to get used to the new gui. At first glance there is a ton of different ways to get data. Easiest way is click “Maps” in center image.

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This takes you to the download area. You get a map for all of the US (National map is only USA, there are other sites to use for rest of the world). Pick an area you’d like to explore. I’ve used Google Earth to do my location scouting and then come to National Maps after. Continue reading “Satellite Imagery DEM Files”

Agisoft PhotoScan and GDC Battelfront lecture

So you’ve heard me mention Agisoft’s PhotoScan in a couple blog postings.

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The program is very cool using photogrammetry techniques to generate models and textures from photos.

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I was shown another great video from the team at DICE for Star Wars Battlefront at GDC. Continue reading “Agisoft PhotoScan and GDC Battelfront lecture”

Siggraph convention

Well, I missed posting last week.  So my apologies on that. I attended Siggraph two weeks ago. I’ve been attending it on and off for over 10 years now. For those of your who don’t know what Siggraph is, well shame on you. SIGGRAPH stands for Special Interest Group on Computer GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques.  Yeah, I know a stretch for a name but oh well. It has been going on since 1974. It’s been a who’s who in the visual effects and animation industry. Continue reading “Siggraph convention”