One of the most important features of Estierra is the ability to do high
speed animations and manipulations of the terrains. This means that with
simple mouse movements you can view the terrain from any angle and zoom in
or out at will. The program can display the images of the terrain at frame
rates up to 100 or even 200 frames per second. This makes it possible to
fly over the terrain using a joy stick as though you were watch it out an
Animation Examples. The following photographs show an animation in
You will notice the Frame Rate display just above the
terrain on the rate. As you can see, the frame rate is 48. This means that
Estierra is displaying the terrain at a rate of 48 frames per second. This
is much faster than is necessary to produce smooth, realtime animations.
Here we have flown further toward the back of the terrain
with a joy stick. If you have a joy stick, it operates just like an airplane
allowing to bank and turn left or right and pitch forward and back.
Similar movements can be accomplished with the mouse. If you want more controlled
movements you can use the buttons on the tool bar to manipulate the terrain
in small increments.
Here we have flown further and turned to the right
and pitched downward giving a better view of the river bend. You will notice
that the frame rate has now increased to 50 frames per second. This often
happens as fly closer to the terrain because the program does not have to
display all of the terrain.