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How to extract big size images (for diffuse and for displace) from Google Earth like sites and programs?
show user profile  khamski
Hey guys!
I was researching this matter for a few days.
All tutorials are dated 2012, 2013.
After that nothing.
So maybe there is an easy solution nowdays?
Can anyone shed some light on this?
This is what i succeeded so far.
But it's low res and displace map is wrong and hills look ugly
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------------ UPDATE (29/10/17)


1. Download high res stitched bitmap from googlemaps (etc.) with two clicks (
2. Download high res topography (
3. Convert it to dem file using global mapper (
4. Import DEM file in 3ds max


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10/21/2017 10:35:05 AM (last edit: 10/29/2017 10:29:58 AM)
show user profile  khamski
okay. i got some result from other forum:

Looks like a complete solution. Costs 250 Euro.
Too pricy for this project.
But going to install demo.

Still looking for some info opn this matter guys. Anything will do.

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10/21/2017 1:46:58 PM (last edit: 10/21/2017 1:48:38 PM)
show user profile  donvella
you looked at nearmap?

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10/21/2017 7:49:02 PM (last edit: 10/21/2017 7:49:02 PM)
show user profile  khamski
It's a weird system there.
I first have to explain who i am.
Then wait for their proposal or something.
So i am waiting.

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10/21/2017 8:57:27 PM (last edit: 10/22/2017 9:48:09 AM)
show user profile  khamski
Explored maproom demo.
You can't get heightmaps in demo. Only in full version.
I'd rather use some payed service to to generate maps i need.

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10/22/2017 9:30:29 AM (last edit: 10/22/2017 9:30:29 AM)
show user profile  donvella
these days paid is the only way to go for highres data it seems. Keep us posted with your findings from maproom, sounds like something I would be interested in.


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10/22/2017 11:56:52 AM (last edit: 10/22/2017 11:56:52 AM)
show user profile  khamski
Yes, seems so.
Maybe i am doing it wrong but i can't get a thing from demos.
There is also a TERRAIN 3ds max plugin.
Demo give me blank box.

Maproom demo gives me blank box.

Nearmap asked for my profile and went mute.

But damn i want that juicy tasty landscape stylish toography visual.
I want basically this:
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First two pics were made by this guy @Lucas_3D
In his twitter he said it was made in 3 hours. O_O
Here is his tweet:
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So process is mainly automated.

Maproom, forest pack, object paint, bldg texturer, traffic trails and daylight tool.

I don't know what is bldg texturer, traffic trails and daylight tool though.
Google didn't find it.
Any ideas?

Last two pics are promo pics of maproom. So tasty!

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10/22/2017 12:44:59 PM (last edit: 10/22/2017 12:56:20 PM)
show user profile  nemac
So sounds like he has his own scripts. But I am not seeing any height data in the terrain.
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10/22/2017 2:16:43 PM (last edit: 10/22/2017 2:16:43 PM)
show user profile  khamski
Not his own.
He uses Maproom plugin (
Yeah, no height data in this one but plenty of contours are there.
Even 3d houses from google earth i guess.

Pretty powerful tool i gotta say.
Here is tutorial:

And here is tutorial on importing vector data (building contours, roads, etc.):

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10/22/2017 3:42:49 PM (last edit: 10/22/2017 5:42:23 PM)
show user profile  khamski
Here is basic ways to get images from Google Earth:

Nothing fancy but can be useful as a last option.

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10/22/2017 3:49:12 PM (last edit: 10/22/2017 4:24:38 PM)
show user profile  khamski
Okay. Silver linings...

Actually there is a service for what i need:

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10/22/2017 4:10:57 PM (last edit: 10/22/2017 4:10:57 PM)
show user profile  khamski
Another neat utility:

To get what you want from it you should install Screen grabber FireShot.
It can grab contents of web page that is not visible on the screen.
Actually it is a huge step forward in map grabbing.
I never knew i can grab stuff that is of browser window visible area.

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10/22/2017 4:44:49 PM (last edit: 10/22/2017 6:08:40 PM)
show user profile  khamski
THere is a way of exporting data right from Open Street Map site:

But i yet don't know what format those exported files are.

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10/22/2017 5:50:52 PM (last edit: 10/22/2017 5:50:52 PM)
show user profile  Bobbyboy
Try this webpage for height map data in the US, but it doesn't give you sat imagery to use for textures unfortunately.

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10/22/2017 10:09:28 PM (last edit: 10/22/2017 10:09:28 PM)
show user profile  khamski
Thanx! I will check it out.
But yes, main problem is that all those sites don't give data to people.. just to API.. lol...
Another sign of glooming singularity. hahaha

I contacted author of Maproom.
He gave me some good info on what his plugin use to get data:

"For terrain heights I use mapbox and mapzen. Here is info for the mapzen data source including resolution. Mapbox resolution is similar:

For buildings you should check with that's where that data comes from

The diffusemap is the same as what you can get online. for instance, if you're using the bing satellite map, you can go to bing maps and check out how that looks at maximum zoom."

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10/23/2017 1:00:53 PM (last edit: 10/23/2017 1:00:53 PM)
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