I'm probably dumb for thinking of taking on this project... but I've been thinking about making scenery for Hawaii for awhile, but haven't done much research on making scenery for Condor until today.
I know this thread is old, and some of my questions don't relate specifically to this thread either... but oh well...
First of all, I also had memory problems loading all the major islands of Hawaii at once. I could pretty much get everything from the tiny island of Kaula in the west, all the way east to include all but a sliver of Maui... Leaving the big island of Hawaii itself seperate. I tried saving the two areas as DEMs and BINs and stitching the two sections together but no luck.
I have 4GB of RAM, but with my XP Pro 32-bit and massive 768Mb GPU (and other peripherals of course), I'm left with only 2.75GB of addressable RAM.
What I'd like to know is what ML meant about moving "the whole scenery sector gradually to the east"? How in the world do you do that?
Then again, that's probably irrelevant... As I was reading through all the heartache and headaches in this scenery forum, I noticed that Condor only handles 90m resolution terrain mesh? Though I did see BOD1's post at thread http://forum.condorsoaring.com/viewtopic.php?t=9064
that he was able to emulate 45m terrain... at least that's what I think he was saying--as it went mostly above my head, and made me wonder if I'm really cut out to try to make scenery.
Anyway, I downloaded the 90m resolution SRTM3 instead, and have no problem with memory issues for the entire Hawaiin chain at that low resolution... including the tiny rocks thousands of miles away from Honolulu, which I don't think I'll bother to include... unless Plane Pack 2 will include a fantasy amphibious sailplane... you know... one that will land on water, raise one wing to use as a sail, while the other wing acts as an outrigger (with floats on the end of course). Then again, Johnston Atoll is pretty cool... Kind of like a "natural" aircraft carrier.... with a nice beach to get a tan. I suppose a task flown from there would be a competition to see who could fly the most patterns before having to land. (As it's 820 miles from Pearl Harbor).
The other question I have is about 3DEM Terrain Visualization patching abilities... As illustrated earlier in this thread... there's some big holes in the data here. 3DEM seems to patch them up pretty nicely (from a distance)--I have no idea how it does it--some kind of interpolation or magic... I dunno... In any case, I doubt the results are that accurate, and I am wondering if there is a way to tweak terrain mesh manually? I'm sure there must be... but don't have a clue how. Is that something that can be done with CST? In any case, I'm sure with 90m resolution, hills, ridges, and peaks will appear to be rounder and lower and shallower than in reality, so it would be nice to manually manipulate those areas.
Also is there a way to zoom in with 3DEM Terrain Visualization and then zoom back out to the overall map? I tried reading the help pdf, and it didn't seem to discuss that ability--then again, I didn't read the entire thing.
1) Do I stick with 90m resolution?
2) How do I manually adjust the terrain mesh?
3) How do I zoom in and out of 3DEM, or should I even care? (*EDIT* I think I figured out how--though very clumsy)
4) Oh, and when I try to convert to UTM projection, I get a message saying that area is too large, and will use Sinusoidal projection instead. Is this a problem? (I've tried cropping out everything west of Oahu, to give a map area of 384km x 310km and I still get the same message).
I found that with the RAW to TRN converter, the maximum area limits me to less than half of the main island if I include Oahu at the west edge. I thought we could have at least 512kmx512km? And even more: http://forum.condorsoaring.com/viewtopic.php?t=2
"For practical reasons, the size limit of terrain is 512x512km. However larger terrains could also be used. Normal terrain size is 320x256km.
When working with terrain mesh, keep in mind that the size must be dividable by 64. "
Am I just simply doing something wrong? It's a real shame not to get the main island in. Perhaps this is what Serginho ultimately discovered... not just memory issues. I guess the main island could deserve a map unto it's own. Probably not likely that anyone could soar from the main island to any of the others anyway. I wonder if ships are ever known for starting thermals?
In any case, by cutting out the main island completely, so that the map only stretches from Oahu to Maui, I can get the UTM projection to work.
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