Yes, Surfer 15’s Fly-Through feature allows you to create an animated view moving across a 3D map surface. This Fly-Through can then be recorded as an AVI movie file for later viewing and presentations. Follow the steps below to create a Fly-Through:
- In a 2D Plot window, open a GRD file that you will be creating a Fly-Through for as a 3D Surface, Contour, Color Relief or Wireframe map.
- With the Map frame selected in the Contents window, click Home | Add to Map | Layer | Empty Base.
- In the Contents window, select the new empty base map layer.
- Click Features | Group | Start Editing.
- Click Features | Insert | Polyline. You can insert a polygon instead if you prefer.
- In the Plot window, digitize a line where you would like your Fly-Through path to be located.
- When finished, press ESC to exit Draw mode.
- Click Features | Group | Stop Editing.
- Click Map Tools | View | 3D View. The 3D View window opens.
- Click 3D View | Fly-Through | Create/Edit. The Flight Path Editor dialog opens.
- In the Input Vector Path field select the Base(vector):Polyline object that you just created.
- Set the Position, Animation and Camera Aim fields to suit your desired output.
- You can click Preview to check that your Fly-Through is satisfactory.
- When finished, click OK.
You can now play your Fly-Through by clicking 3D View | Fly-Through | Play, or click 3D View | Fly-Through | Record to save the animation as an AVI movie file.
Updated September 18, 2017