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Post by CraigRat » 09 September 05 9:13 pm

I've been having fun playing w/ the stats

I'm doing an animation showing logs/caches over time... really shows the explosion of geocaching in tasmania

eg:

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Link goes to gallery of sample images.

If anyone is interested, PM me and I can email the animation (approx 4.5mb)

I havent' hosted it on my gc.com.au site as its a little big........

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Post by caughtatwork » 09 September 05 9:32 pm

That's mighty cool.
What be the magic that does this?

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Post by CraigRat » 09 September 05 9:36 pm

caughtatwork wrote:That's mighty cool.
What be the magic that does this?
The Animation uses a combination of:
POVray
MySQL
PHP
ImageMagick
png2yuv
tcmplex

and probably some other stuff too.

Yes, I'm a nerd who loves stats, raytracing and animation... what else was there to do???? :lol:

The animation has 1 day to a frame and takes about 1 minute from go to whoa.... funny to watch!

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Post by caughtatwork » 09 September 05 9:46 pm

Well, you're a bigger geek that I am then :-)
Very impressive.

Does it get generated in real time or is it rendered and stored ?

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Post by CraigRat » 09 September 05 9:52 pm

caughtatwork wrote:Well, you're a bigger geek that I am then :-)
Very impressive.

Does it get generated in real time or is it rendered and stored ?
Rendered and stored as PNG... takes about 5 seconds a frame, plus post processing to overlay date all munged together into an AVI at the end

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Post by Horus » 10 September 05 12:41 am

CraigRat wrote:Yes, I'm a nerd who loves stats, raytracing and animation... what else was there to do???? :lol:
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um, take the good wife out for a romantic dinner, read the young one a nice bedtime story, prepare the spare room for the new young one, go for a walk, research dishwasher prices/features . . . . .want any more ideas? 8)

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Post by CraigRat » 10 September 05 12:49 am

Horus wrote:
CraigRat wrote:Yes, I'm a nerd who loves stats, raytracing and animation... what else was there to do???? :lol:
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um, take the good wife out for a romantic dinner, read the young one a nice bedtime story, prepare the spare room for the new young one, go for a walk, research dishwasher prices/features . . . . .want any more ideas? 8)
Lets see...

Sunday,done, 1/2 done, too much like excercise and umm... well... the dishwasher... hmmm.. well.... you know... mumble mumble

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Post by ideology » 10 September 05 8:30 am

excellent stuff!

is there an animation available online somewhere? are there any other variables that would be of interest to you to plot?

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Post by CraigRat » 10 September 05 10:55 am

ideology wrote:excellent stuff!

is there an animation available online somewhere? are there any other variables that would be of interest to you to plot?
I was going to ask if it was ok to host it on my craigrat.geocaching.com.au site.......

If it's ok with the i! evil geniuses then I'll chuck it there...

I'm planning to change the bars to show log types instead of density but thats about it for the moment.....

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Post by CraigRat » 10 September 05 8:58 pm

Thanks to the powers that be, v3 of the animation can be found at http://gallery.geocaching.com.au/anim/T ... tionV3.avi (6.6mb)

Thanks again i! !
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Post by ideology » 10 September 05 9:03 pm

your animation is absolutely jaw-dropping!

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Post by Cached » 10 September 05 9:58 pm

I don't seem to be able to play this. Both Quicktime and Media Player tell me I need more codecs. Any hints?

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Post by CraigRat » 10 September 05 10:08 pm

Cached wrote:I don't seem to be able to play this. Both Quicktime and Media Player tell me I need more codecs. Any hints?
Get hold of Xvid or DivX codecs and it should work for ya

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Post by setsujoku » 10 September 05 10:15 pm

Now that is a great way to show how quickly caching is growing.
Is there any chance of getting the same done for other states?

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Post by CraigRat » 10 September 05 10:24 pm

setsujoku wrote:Now that is a great way to show how quickly caching is growing.
Is there any chance of getting the same done for other states?
probably

I need a good map of said state in JPG or PNG format with known co-ords of the top left/bottom right sides of the bitmap, plus a GPX file of ALL the caches in that state (current and archived) (without logs is preferred).... My tool will use that GPX file to ...ummm<cough>... update my log database and then the animation can be run

Its a little convoluted, but I wouldnt mind doing another state or 6. Plus I havent tested my stats collector I use on another state yet.......

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