Author: Peter Morse

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NeRF Visualization for Cultural Heritage

The release of NVIDIA’s Instant NeRF is a fantastic opportunity to explore the technology’s applications for cultural heritage visualization. There is, of course, a lot of hype about it and it’s utility for ‘ushering in the metaverse’ – I would take this with several large grains of salt, as the...

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GPlates Visualizations

GPlates is ‘a plate tectonics program..(used to)..manipulate reconstructions of geological and paleogeographic features through geological time.’ I’ve looked at (and used) GPlates on and off over the years – it’s definitely the kind of software you need to spend some time getting your head around, as it is deep and...

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VMI Blog VIII: Voices in the Digital Twin

A night-time flight around Macquarie Island, reflecting both technical progress, technical issues, and a composite narrative of scientists who have worked there – an initial experiment in Digital Twin story-telling.Plus: demonstration of 3rd-person VR actor and satellite-derived inflow of vegetation mapping.

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VMI Blog VII: Animals and Environment

We’re making good progress on environmental visualization and placing animals in our VMI simulation. Gina Moore and I have been working closely together and have moved a huge amount of our workflow into Houdini and Houdini Engine, as this offers so many advantages over using inbuilt UE tools – especially...

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VMI Blog VI: Metahumans Lighting Preview

One of the challenges of creating ‘beliveable’ Metahumans for VMI has been striking a fine balance between creating CG surrogates for our scientists – that they are more-or-less happy with – and avoiding stereotypes and cliches. It is not immediately apparent that the Metahuman interface sets out to avoid this,...

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How to generate SRT subtitles from audio recordings using Word

A quick note about a free-ish (or relatively low cost) and not-too-finicky but a-bit-technical way to generate subtitles for video interviews using Microsoft Word – up to 1hr in length (00:59:59,999) – or longer if you cut up your video into <1hr transcripts. How long this will work, I have...

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VMI Blog IV

A brief 9-minute overview of work-in-progress on Virtual Macquarie Island for the VMI Project. The movie covers the development of the environment and terrain model, ocean workflow and initial development tests in endemic fauna visualization – the Southern Elephant Seal and Wandering Albatross. Lots more in the pipeline! November 2021...

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VMI Blog III

A bit of progress on VMI visualization using the latest version of Cesium for Unreal. Mainly working on lookdev and accurate geolocation of assets. These are unmodified renders straight from Unreal, running in real time – so quite impressive. Still – there are glitches and issues to be sorted out,...

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360 Blog – Experiments

Some experiments in mono & stereoscopic 360 renders for VR. The youtube video is a test of panoramic rendering from Unreal Engine 4.26 using Cesium for Unreal. There are technical problems with panoramic rendering, LOD and tile loading that I am investigating – but its a good start.