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Old 12-08-2011, 08:13 AM
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Designing Airports - Tips and Tricks

I don't know if there is anything similar to the intent of this thread. I would like to create a place for an on-going discussion of techniques used to create photo and 3D fields.

If you have a technique, tip or trick, please write about it here.

Try to keep the topic limited to this (Yeah Right!).

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Old 12-08-2011, 08:21 AM
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Depth Buffers - Folder Needed

One thing that puzzled me as I was setting up grass buffers at the edge of my new photo airfield was seeing where the buffers were and then hiding them.

You have to create a folder and put all the buffers into that folder...then use the following property to toggle hiding or displaying them; "Force Children to render to depth buffer". Toggling the folder's setting will turn on and off each individual object.

Some of the primitives (Cube, Cylinder, etc.) have their own similar render property, you can still use a folder to control a group of similar objects. Each objects "Render to Depth Buffer" property needs to be turned off in order to inherit the property from the folder.

Some of these objects are desired to be displayed on screen. For example, I use the cube primitive as a landing target in my heli fields, thus the need to set the property for individual objects.

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Old 12-08-2011, 08:25 AM
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Size of Panoramic Photo

The maximum size that I used to be able to import was 5000 x 10000 pixels. The raw size of the picture I am using in the latest field is; 21,482 x 9,566. That is a huge jump and the field picture quality has really jumped.

What pano head, camera and software are you using for the photos?

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Old 12-14-2011, 07:50 AM
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I guess that I am just talking to myself in here. I do think this topic belongs here.

I wish the depth buffer items allowed true sizing rather than scaling. For example; rather than having to put three each 3x3x0.3 wall buffers together you could just set the wall size at 9x3x0.3 or what ever dimensions you wish.

Same with the cube, and the house... I am sure that there are others. I don't know how hard that would be to accomplish.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:17 AM
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You are wrong about this belonging here, it belongs in a sticky. I will be using this information to bring my local field into RF. That increase in resolution is awesome! It's paved and has taxiways right to the pits behind the paved flight line. You have to be on your game to stay on the taxiways, great taxi practice. The layout is better than any field in RF. I wish I could afford to have it professionally done, it's that good! I know, the driveways and parking in the overhead look like they were laid out by a wine o, I'm working on that too. You're not alone here. I'm interested in every minute detail of the process and any tip that is offered up. The two circles on the first shot is the control line area. 440X 40 runway. There's even a good sized pond for float flying with a dock and shelter, but that's another pano.
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:28 PM
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Professional Panoramas

I have learned so much about shooting panoramic scenes. It really takes a nice pano head, tripod and camera to make such a picture. When it is done, it is awesome.

Don't forget the software to stitch things together. To do this right take a bit of time and lurning.

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Old 12-15-2011, 12:57 PM
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I think Nooner keeps his creations in the same place phrank keeps his. Wouldn't that be the mother lode if you could find it?!
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:06 PM
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You want even MORE content?
There is no shortage of content at the swaps, you guys are doing a fine job.

We appreciate the hard work.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:09 PM
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As addicts .........We want the best crack phrank !
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:12 PM
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Well, what do we have to do, pry them out of their cold dead hands?
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:17 PM
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You're getting the best crack already! We just want as much crack as we can get!!
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:37 PM
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Jeff is right, you are already getting the best crack.

Plus, there is a dirty little secret...

off topic... Photofields, yeah, we were talking about the old dude's Photofield.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:44 PM
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Actually, I just checked out Phranks files in his profile and he has shared some of his airport work. I have flown both in the past and they were very nice. I need to get those in 6 for a test flight. 2007 is when he shared them and also when I joined this site.
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:03 PM
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So what do you guys think about the ball field. I haven't flown there in a couple years. It's a little used place but you'll notice a walking trail around the perimeter that sometimes can cause major delays if someone shows up and makes about ten laps. I quit flying there after that girl got hit in the head with a heli in a near by park a while back that of course made national news. It's a great spot though and there are no safety concerns in RF. I think I'm going to go out see what I can find in a pano head on the cheap. Do I need the leveling device or can leveling be done with a torpedo level on the cheap?

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Rfx g3x tool where?

Trying to upload a airport I created of our local field but need the rfx g3x conversion tool. Looked up and down and still cannot find it. Also where in G5 is my creation. I know it's somewhere, just don't see my file.
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