How to upload raster files

After creating a Map project (click here to see how) and going to Settings, you can start to define a capture by clicking the ‘Create Capture’ button in the top right corner.  

Here you can start by giving the date, or date range, about which your raster file was created. By doing this, your raster data is given the correct timestamp.

Note: when uploading a time series of raster files to your map, all files belonging to the same date, or date range, need to be uploaded to their own capture. That way all uploads are given the right timestamp. These can then be viewed and navigated using i.e. the time slider in the Drive viewer/editor. To learn more, click here. To see what this looks like click here.

Once the correct date or date range is selected, click ‘Create’ to the right of your screen. Now you can start uploading all files that you would like to associate with this newly created capture by clicking the upload icon. From the drop down you select the file type that matches the file type that you want to upload.

Once you have made your file type selection, you need to select whether there is an ESPG code in the file, or if you need to specify one manually. If the ESPG is not provided in the files itself, you choose ‘specify’ and type the right code into the open space provided. Now all that is left to do is dropping your file into the designated box. You may drop in any number of files (of the same type) before clicking the ‘Upload’ button at the bottom right.

Note: The EPSG code is required for a successful upload because it tells us what coordinate system your file is using. Click here to learn more about Coordinate Reference Systems or see for more information on which code is applicable to your data.

Once your upload is complete you can navigate back to the main Captures tab. Here you get the notification that you need to create at least one visualization for your upload(s). This needs to happen before you are ready to click the ‘Process Capture’ button. To create a visualization we navigate to the ‘visualizations’ tab.

Here we click the ‘New Visualization’ button. For ease of use, a default visualization is suggested. If you agree with the default, you only need to give the visualization a name and click ‘Save Visualization’. If you would like to apply a different visualization, you can select a method from the dropdown and specify your preference in the ‘method options’ pop-out. To learn more about raster visualizations, click here


Note: In the map at the bottom of the screen a preview of the selected visualization is provided so you know exactly how your raster will look once processed.

After added at least one visualization, you are ready to return to the captures tab and click the ‘Process Capture’ button. This pushes your upload(s) is to processing. This is automatic, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the flight.

Once processing is done, the capture becomes listed under ‘available captures’. Now your data is activated for use in Ellipsis Drive! Click the ‘go to viewer’ button at the top left of your screen to view your content in the Ellipsis Drive viewer/editor. 

To learn more about how to share your content, click here.
To learn more about how to create timeseries with your raster data, click here.
To learn more about programmatic interaction with the drive and you content, click here.

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