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Image and Movie Capture Controls

You can capture the Main Display window as an image, a QuickTime movie or an animated GIF.

Saving Images

You can save a display as an image by selecting the View->Capture->Image... menu item in the Main Display window. A file dialog will open where you can enter a file name for the image file. McIDAS-V supports JPEG, PNG, GIF, PDF, PS, and SVG formats. From this File Dialog you can also specify the image quality (only used for JPEGs) and what to capture. You can also select whether or not the background is transparent.

Note: When capturing an image, the Main Display window cannot be obscured.

McIDAS-V can also write out an image and the corresponding Google Earth KML or KMZ file. For this to be correct, the projection must be a Lat/Lon geographic projection (i.e., rectilinear) and in an overhead view. Some of the default projections that are Lat/Lon include World, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the individual state projections (US->States->...). You can also create your own Lat/Lon projection using the Projection Manager. The simplest way to get a correct projection is to select the Projections->Use Displayed Area menu item in the Main Display window. If you specify a .kml file, McIDAS-V will generate an image with the same file prefix and the kml file that refers to the image. If you specify a .kmz file (which is a zip format) it will contain the image and the kml file.

Printing Current View

You can send any display to a printer. Select the View->Capture->Print... menu item in the Main Display window. A Print dialog will popup where you can configure and print an image.

Saving QuickTime Movies

You can save any sequence of displays as a movie. Select the View->Capture->Movie... menu item in the Main Display window to open the Movie Capture window:

Image 1: Movie Capture Window
Image 1: Movie Capture Window

Note: More information about these controls is found in the Creating a Movie section below.

Creating a Movie

To make a movie, there are three steps: capturing the frames, previewing the frames, and creating the movie. McIDAS-V supports QuickTime movies, animated GIF and AVI files, Compressed ZIP, Google Earth KMZ and AniS or FlAniS HTML file formats.

Playing QuickTime Movies

McIDAS-V supports displaying certain types of QuickTime movies (including the ones McIDAS-V generates). These movies can be loaded in the General->Files/Directories Chooser in the Data Sources tab of the Data Explorer.

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