LIBRARY / TUTORIALS
Obtaining and Visualizing Topography Datasets
Tools: GMT & Dmagic (Fledermaus)
Turn your flat 2-D map into an interactive 3-D surface that you can zoom into, pan and shadow. We have complied a number of topography and bathemetry data sets for you to use as an initial base product. Combine these with your own geoscience data (i.e., earthquakes, seismic stations, geo-referenced photos), and watch as your simple flat map evolves into a full geoscience story.
Assembling Quicktime Movies
Splicing together movie segments often results in a choppy end-product. Learn how to transition between segments, add descriptive text to various movie sub-parts to turn your rather boring movie into a movie with pizzazz.
Side-by-Side Movies and Image Sequences
Tools: Quicktime Pro
Learn how to view different movies, side-by-side simultaneously. Also learn how to convert still images into movies and animations.
Google Earth: Making a fly-by movie
Tools: Google Earth Pro
Use Google Earth Pro to create fly-by movies over different parts of the Earth.
Webpage Design Tips
Tools: Dreamweaver & Flash
Create hyperlinks on images and utilize a pre-made flash file to create a flash scroll bar with url links.
Learn how to create transparent vertical images in Fledermaus using the Photoshop tool, "Magic Wand." Also how to adjust your images for best viewing.
The IVS Fledermaus software is a powerful tools for 3D interactive data manipulation and visualization. Here, we highlight how to use some of our favorite fledermaus tools and commands.
Tools: GarageBand, iTunes, & iMovie
If a picture paints a thousand words than why can't I hear them? You can greatly improve your visualizations by adding sound such as narration and/or music as an accompaniment to enhance your work and accentuate key points.
Tools: awk, grep
You have jumped through many hoops to get your data but you wind up haveing too much of it and it is in a format that is not optimal. Learn simple tricks to help manipulate data into an end product that is easy to work with and exactly what you want.
How to make Red/Blue Anaglyph images
Simple manipulation of photos or images can create anaglyphs. Anaglyphs can be viewed with low-cost Red/Blue glasses that make the image 'pop' out at the viewer in apparent stereo. These images are just as effective being viewed from a computer screen as from a paper printout.
Tools: Keyboard commands
The SGI runs a different window manager than most computers. Learn some handy shortcuts to help you zip around your work space with ease.