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tallbear
post Jun 20 2006, 01:51 AM
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Some nice ( IMHO) animations of some of the upcoming inclined orbits
for Rings have been posted.

http://geogdata.csun.edu/~voltaire/wallis/ANIMATIONS.html

the rev 77 segment is spectacular.....
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angel1801
post Jun 20 2006, 05:44 AM
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Just a little piece of advice. The animations are best viewed using Quicktime 7.1 or later media viewer.

It has the new H264 compresion capability.


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post Jun 20 2006, 08:33 AM
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"The animations are best viewed using Quicktime 7.1 or later media viewer."

My main computer is running Win98se. I have no desire to trash a well running system with a *lot* of "legacy software" by upgrading it to XP. QT 7x is not available in any form for 98se. Just be advised you need a younger OS for those versions of the clips.
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post Jun 20 2006, 08:47 AM
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Google around for Quicktime Alternative and H264 and you can play these without.

FWIW - the H264 codec is well well worth it - it is superb - and something I'm seriously looking at w.r.t. HD MER stuff in the not to distant future ( cough ahem S1K celebration movie hint cough ahem )

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post Jun 20 2006, 01:13 PM
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I have Windows XP Pro. I had to download Quicktime 7.1 from the Apple web site to view the animations.

I have seen all three animations. And I will say that Rev 77 will we worth the wait!


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post Jun 20 2006, 02:35 PM
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The orbit 77 vantage point is awesome, though I would have preferred the movie used a constant FOV, this way the perspective is noticeably distorted around periapse.
What struck me most is just how big Saturn will appear to Cassini's cameras. It'll take many, many wide-angle footprints to cover the whole planet and rings. It's gonna make one helluva Kodak moment marking the end of primary mission!


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