Can I create a Fly-Through in Surfer?

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:


  1. 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 3D Wireframe map.
  2. With the Map frame selected in the Contents window, click Home | Add to Map | Layer | Empty Base.
  3. In the Contents window, select the new empty base map layer.
  4. Click Features | Group | Start Editing.
  5. Click Features | Insert | Polyline. You can insert a polygon instead if you prefer.
  6. In the Plot window, digitize a line where you would like your Fly-Through path to be located.
  7. When finished, press ESC to exit Draw mode.
  8. Click Features | Group | Stop Editing.
  9. Click Map Tools | View | 3D View. The 3D View window opens.
  10. Click 3D View | Fly-Through | Create/Edit. The Flight Path Editor dialog opens. Surfer Flight Path Editor.JPG
  11. In the Input Vector Path field select the Base(vector):Polyline object that you just created.
  12. Set the Position, Animation and Camera Aim fields to suit your desired output.
  13. You can click Preview to check that your Fly-Through is satisfactory.
  14. 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 October 19, 2018

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