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Using real world models

Started by rosoule, January 14, 2011, 02:33:18 pm

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I am thinking of investing in WM, but I really want to import real world elevation models, etc. Looked over the help files and website and still not sure if that's possible.
Can someone direct me to that information so I don't waste too much time.


There is a small, free program floating around on the internet called 3DEM. It loads Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) in various formats and can export them into various different formats. At least one of them (.ter) definitely works in World Machine too.
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I do use .ter files originated from DEM and haven't found any particular problem.

The only thing is that project  extents and height must be reset by hand: when I import .ter files they don't come sized correctly.


 Yes, this is easy to do. You just have to be careful of setting the correct scaling. You import the terrain via a File input device. WM supports a fair  few formats now.



Global mapper is also great for loading DEM's as well as allot of other formats then being able to convert this to .ter files for WM.


Global Mapper? Wouldn't be without it!  :) The good thing about it is that it outputs .ter, (both Terragen and Leveller I think), bt, and it also has full support for hf2/hfz, the compressed terrain format we all put together on the Terrain Summit forums. I say "we" ...I mean the developers of course. hf2/ hfz also supports georeferencing in the extended header.


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