[notes] Converting MRSID to GeoTIFF using GDAL in Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Just found out how to convert MrSID files (from NZ geology) to other formats using GDAL.

  • Followed instructions here: http://www.photo-mark.com/notes/2008/nov/12/converting-mrsid-gis-files/
  • Needed most recent version of GDAL with frameworks (1.8 Complete): http://www.kyngchaos.com/software/frameworks
  • Had to change command to “/Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Versions/Current/Programs/gdal_translate -of PNG /Users/Matt/Desktop/whangarei/inputmap.sid /Users/Matt/Desktop/whangarei/outputmap.png”
  • That makes an image file, but I think I’ll convert to geotiff for GIS:
    • /Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Versions/Current/Programs/gdal_translate /Users/Matt/Desktop/whangarei/inputmap.sid /Users/Matt/Desktop/whangarei/outputmap.tif
  • Map source: http://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/Our-Science/Energy-Resources/Geological-Mapping/Geological-Maps/1-250-000-QMAP/Map-downloads
  • Map coordinate system: New Zealand Map Grid (Geodetic Datum 1949)
  • gdal_translate man: http://www.gdal.org/gdal_translate.html

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