March 2008 | Tips and tricks

3D-flythrough viewing tools assist in geospatial intelligence

Using SOCET GXP for 3D-flythrough viewing allows analysts to visualize real-world scenarios by draping images over elevation data to capture, save, and play back the scenes for improved situational awareness and mission planning.

SOCET GXP flythrough functionality allows users to save flythroughs as graphics, or to record an .avi file to include in finished products.

SOCET GXP flythrough functionality allows users to save flythroughs as graphics, or to record an .avi file to include in finished products.

Creating a flythrough in SOCET GXP

To simulate real-world scenarios for improved situational awareness, images can be draped over elevation data to provide 3D flythrough viewing options. Use the keyboard, mouse, or Flythrough toolbar controls to navigate through a scene dynamically in Automatic, Interactive and Orbit modes, or plot a flythrough path using waypoint coordinates. The dynamic flythrough scene can be captured, saved as an .avi file, and played back.

Creating a flythrough:

  1. Load an image with a corresponding DTED into a Multiport.
  2. Select Tools > Flythrough (Flythrough window opens in Interactive mode in a paused position).
  3. In the Flythrough window, select View > Overview.
  4. Click the Waypoint Editor icon.
  5. Click the Draw Flythrough Path icon.
  6. Click in the Overview window to plot path waypoints.
  7. Right-click on Finish Graphic (Waypoint Editor populates with waypoint coordinates; scene shifts automatically to begin flythrough).
  8. Click the Play icon from the Flythrough toolbar.
  9. To save path, select File > Save As from the Waypoint Editor window.

Tip: The Overview panel linked with the flythrough, which contains the Flythrough toolbar, must be opened from the Flythrough window.

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