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    3d Globe rotation with 'addressable' countries... Where to start?

    Setup:
    Been doing Flash/AS since pre-MX days
    Very good .NET developer

    Desired:
    - A flash animation (movie) that has the countries comprising the Earth as separate movies, each 'on' a sphere that rotates-resembling the countries on the Earth in their arrangement.
    - By internal or external means (It will be put into/onto a winform when done), 'address' each country movie in the whole so as to change it's appearance. Red, transparent, 'play()', etc...

    Purpose:
    - To create a user interface, well.. display, that the user will use by seeing that different countries change color and other attributes, signaling some kind of status.
    - So as the 'world' is turning, individual countries are turning different colors. The actual control of which is seemingly elementary compared to the problem of how to render the movies (countries) in a way to resemble a 3d environment.
    - As vector, it can be zoomed into/enlarged with no loss of 'fidelity'.


    I'm just looking for ideas, not someone to do this for me. Feel free, but I can't pay [much!]. I don't want to go down the road of capturing/rendering 360 images of every one of 200+ countries, then manually making a movie... That sounds frighteningly tedious and inelegant.

    I had a tool years back for flash that allowed you to render in 3d, then output as a movie element, but who knows what is available today.

    I guess I'm asking "If someone had this requirement of you today, what do you think your approach/tools might be?"

    TIA!

    pat


    P.S. If someone really wants to tackle this, please contact me to discuss terms. But MOD: this is not a solicitation for work. I really would like to know how we'd approach such a problem.

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    Hasn't anyone ever created a movie that was rotated?

    As long as I can change the color of the movie being rotated, all is well. A secondary goal is click-testing, but as long as I can just change colors (a country on a globe is a good example), then life is good...

    No ideas?

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