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This topic contains 29 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Nooptical 12 years, 9 months ago.

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  • #3868

    Nooptical
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    I am trying to do a very realistic model of the earth in max.
    Just found some juicy high res earth images up on one of Nasa’s many websites. And when I say high resolution, I mean high resolution:

    21,600 x 10,800. 173MB

    And thats not even the biggest. There are two seperate Western and Eastern hemispheres at 21,600 x 21,600. Thats down to a resolution of 1KM!
    But they are 240MB and 400MB in size respectively. I think my computer will have problems handling the measley 173MB image, don’t mind the 640MB behemoth!

    But at least now I should be able to zoom right in on the Earth and it should look tasty!

    Just thought I’d share this, as I think this is the largest image resolution I have ever seen……for download anyway!

  • #18461

    boadle
    Participant

    God almighty. I saw some big textures for the fascinating Orbiter game, but nothing as big as this!

  • #18468

    Nooptical
    Participant

    Dang, the download cut off half way through. Only got 90MB. Ok, here we go again!

    Its an incredible resolution alright, can’t wait to download it and zoom right in, should look good on a max model too. The NASA websites are class, loads of great stuff on them….

  • #18469

    boadle
    Participant

    For an upcoming client commission, I envisage a Roman Centurion’s helmet*, on top of a Fell Beast, being attacked by the Millenium Falcon, whilst fending off an AT-ST, all floating just above the earth’s stratosphere.

    Now, who could I commission for this project?

    * Fnar

  • #18470

    Nooptical
    Participant

    I like the sound of that!! ;)

    Just had a look at what I did manage to download(basically the Northern Hemisphere) and when it finally loaded(after about 5 mins)….its amazing looking. You can see the dunes in the Sahara desert…..

    By the way, here is the link to the super high res images:
    http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?vev1id=11656

    Here are the other images(clouds, night view etc)

    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/BlueMarble/

  • #18471

    boadle
    Participant

    Wow. That is amazing. Any chance we could see some details…?

  • #18473

    Nooptical
    Participant

    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/BlueMarble/BlueMarble_Closeup.html

    Here is a little gallery they have of close ups……

  • #18474

    Nooptical
    Participant

    When I get these downloaded I’m planning on doing a little “Approach to Earth Space Station” type animation. I already have an earth model with medium resolution maps, and I have the ozone and glow etc looking right. So I just need to add these high res maps and then I can put some nice shots in.

    For example, a shot close in on the station, with the gigantic earth as the backdrop, so close you can see all the details of rivers, canyons etc……should look fab.

    Something similar to these:

    http://tinyurl.com/3p357

  • #18476

    boadle
    Participant

    Spec…tacular. The Grand Canyon shot looks like a close-up of a tiny dried rock. I guess thats Fractal nature at its best. Micro / Macro etc.

    Lovely images. Thanks Dave.

  • #18477

    mal
    Participant

    Just had a thought ( *ouch* )…

    Nooptical, could you cut out and e-mail me just the part of the image showing Ireland?

    Best regards…
    Mal

  • #18495

    Nooptical
    Participant

    No probs Mal, will do it when I get it downloaded.

  • #18509

    Pete
    Participant

    Good luck rendering that in max Dave, My PC had bother last year with a couple of 4000×3000 textures!

  • #18511

    Nooptical
    Participant

    I know Pete, I have had it rendering with about ten 4000 + pixel res texture maps, so hopefully it might just tick over with this one. If not, I will just have to go and buy another gig of ram! ;)

  • #18512

    Pete
    Participant

    Another gig of ram

    *Drools*:p

  • #18517

    Nooptical
    Participant

    heheh……I can always just reduce the res of the image a bit if necessary. I may not be able to zoom in to see the Amazonian de-forestation on my globe, but at least it will render!

  • #18518

    Pete
    Participant

    Indeed, the sacrifices we make for our art

  • #18519

    Nooptical
    Participant

    Its sad, but alas, until I get my SGI Workstation it something I will just have to sacrifice! :p

  • #18520

    Pete
    Participant

    with a dual monitor setup…..

  • #18521

    Nooptical
    Participant

    How about 3 monitors:
    One for my tools
    One for my viewport(s)
    One for my Referance images

    Oh, how sweet that would be…

  • #18522

    Pete
    Participant

    and a big desk

  • #18523

    Pete
    Participant
  • #18525

    Nooptical
    Participant

    Link not working, I’m guessing its some sort of VR thingy?

    Oh, a big desk is vital. Plus one of these seats

  • #18526

    boadle
    Participant

    Link was broken.

    Try this.

  • #18527

    Nooptical
    Participant

    By Robot Servant, I’m talking about one of these:

  • #18531

    Pete
    Participant

    Bit too camp for a servant for my liking

  • #18536

    Nooptical
    Participant

    Yes, but he is obedient. Not like the mischievous R2-D2 model….

  • #18543

    Pete
    Participant

    You have a point there, I shall brush aside my phobias.

  • #18548

    Nooptical
    Participant

    Also, if he gets annoying he has that little off switch thing. If you want to switch R2 off you seem to have to blast him, which is not very effecient.

    I would have to make sure I don’t get the lurid model, as displayed in this picture:

  • #18549

    Pete
    Participant

    Em, yeah, you should definitely specify the codpiece inclusive model (when you order from Amazon)

  • #18556

    Nooptical
    Participant

    It’s an extra 5000 credits, but worth it. The last thing I need to see every day is some sort of mechanical penis with over 6 billion forms of communication.

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