Testing geographic data import
As one of the new features, Vue 2015 can now import geographic data in GeoTIFF, DTED and SDTS/DDF formats, just like digital elevation models. I have a vast library of geo-data converted to DEM for both personal and commercial projects, so I decided to test this feature.
In this project, I imported a low-detail GeoTIFF of a large area of Yosemite Park. This terrain is 50km*53km large! Importing GeoTIFF is easy; just like DEM, you import it as an object, then Vue offers you the option to offset the terrain to re-center it in the Vue world. Just like a DEM, the GeoTIFF will also appear as a terrain which you can open and edit in the Terrain Editor, or in another program, just as I did.
On the left, you can see the imported GeoTIFF as a terrain in the Terrain Editor - untouched, as it loaded. On the right, you can see the less accurate, but way more detailed version tweaked in World Machine, with a wonderful method I learned from QuadSpinner's Dax Pandhi at Mundos Digitales - thank you so much, my friend! The red rectangles indicate the - relatively tiny - area you can see on the final render: El Capitan and the Bridalveil Fall. There is a lot more to explore here!
The final result - El Capitan on the left, Bridalveil Fall on the right, heavily clouded morning (photometric) atmosphere; created and rendered in Vue 2015 Infinite. I think my polygon count record has just been broken...