Creating 3D Terrains from USGS Datasets

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Create terrain-scapes from DEM datasets

Using topographical data from the USGS (free), a utility program called 3Dem (MacDEM for Mac's) and Cinema 4D's DEM (Digital Elevation Map) filter, dramatic terrain recreations of US landscapes can be imaged with C4D. Information on locating the utility and websites are demonstrated in the tutorial. The data used here covers the lower 48 United States. Note: The terrains created can be very large - scaling down the input may be necessary to keep your system from bogging down.