This command line argument runs the Importer
to import raw image data into the PCIDSK database.pix

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Copyrighted data
Use OpenEV to export raw data
  • Landsat 8 metadata text file is to be named scene_name_MTL.txt
  • Landsat 8 image files are to be named by their scene_name
    • so LC80350422019284LGN00_B1.pix to LC80350422019284LGN00_B8.pix

  • first use OPENEV to export your raw data image
    • in  : from its native format...................(like .TIF)
    • out: to the PCIDSK format.........................(.pix)
  • raw data is imported
    • from any list of channels of any       database_in
    • into  any list of channels of current database_out.pix 
  • USGS origin: database_in.pix must be available in directory ./USGS 
    • TIF: Landsat data from USGS Earth Explorer come as separate TIF files, one file per band
    • they must be exported to PCIDSK format, one file per band?
  • Other formats must be exported to PCIDSK format
    • 4SM shall read from FILE interleaving



Access the USGS or WV2 metadata
  • this provides the location where to read the metadata of USGS or WV2 images


Import from inside a rectangular shapefile

  • -Import/V(v)...               VerboseI to display comments on screen while importing
DTM or not?
  • .../D(d)TM/...    to import a DTM
directory for the raw data
  • .../USGS*database_in/...    for data courtesy of USGS Earth Explorer 
    • .../path_to_rawdata/...
    • * shall be converted from  USGS*database_in to USGS/database_in
    • shall import from USGS/database_in.pix into ./database.pix in the current directory  
  • .../data*database_in/...  for data courtesy of other providers 
    • .../path_to_rawdata/...
    • * shall be converted from  data*database_in to data/database_in
    • shall import from data/database_in.pix into ./database.pix in the current directory
import file structure
  • .../dbnc_0_0s_1S_0s/...    format of original data
    • dbnc means "data base number of channels" in PCIDSK speak
    • default: IU8=U8 IS16=S16 IU16=U16 IR32=R32
    • .../dbnc_0_0s_1S_0s/... : import_database channel structure:
      • IU8=0
      • IS16=0s                
      • IU16=1S       one U16 band per file in USGS data, SwapByte is ON
      • IR32=0s                
      • endiannness: swapByte is compulsory
        • S for swapByte is ON
        • s for  swapByte is OFF
  • .../R1630_L1860/...    import image size
    • InbRow=1630 rows  
    • InbLin  =1860 lines
  • default is same as in -DB argument
    • InbRow=nbRow
    • InbLin  =nbLin
  • .../S0.015_S0.015/...    import pixel size
    • IsizeXpixel=0.030
    • IsizeYpixel=0.030
  • default is same as in -DB/... argument
    • IsizeXpixel=sizeXpixel
  • .../Origin_709.049_182.231_0_0/...    in kilometers please: UTM coordinates of UL corner of UL pixel
    • West=709.049
    • North=182.231
    • FalseEasting=0
    • FalseNorthing=0
  • West and North are same as in -DB/... argument
  • .../chIn1,3/chOut1,3/...            
    • /chIn1/.........................from ch1of database_In to ch1 of database_Out
    • /chIn1/chOut6/..............from ch1 of database_In to ch6 of database_Out
    • /chIn1,3/chOut1,3/.........from chIn1, 2 and 3   to chOut1, 2 and 3
    • /chIn1,7/chOut44,50/.....from chIn1 to 7          to  Ch44 to 50
  • Optional..............output window to import/insert only into sub-window of database_out.pix
  • you can place the imported subset anywhere you want in the output image
  • for this, specify a -Eext1/ext2/ext3/ext4 argument for writing into a sub-window of database_out.pix
  • -E101/250/1/250 would write from Row_101 to Row_250 and from Line_1 to Line_250
  • This would insert a subwindow of database_in at the desired location of database_out
  • Optional and obsolete................../dbiw_IoffsetX_IoffsetY_nbX_nbY
    • if an shapefile is not available
    • to specify an import window in the -Import... argument
  • default is........................../dbiw_0_0_nbRow_nbLin
    • assumes import_image and database have same dimensions
import shapefile
to specify the ROI for the database
  • /import
    • name of the import shapefile import.shp
    • .shp suffix is not required 
    • optional: if no import.shp shapefile is provided,
      • the whole original image is loaded into the working database
Corners of shapefile
In view of duplicating 30 m GSD data to 15 m GSD,  
lease ensure that the four corners of the shapefile 
are located very close to the corners of the pixels





  • I shall progressively release all my working directories on this website
    • the problem is: copyright on the imagery: I can't distribute copyrighted data!
    • either the copyright is free: all Landsat images
    • or you hold a copy of the imagery
    • or you have to buy it
  • If you hold a copy of the original copyrighted data I have, then you can use it straight away to forward your training using the modeling scripts I have prepared:
    • CASI
    • IKONOS
    • ...
  • Here is how it works
  • -Import/GetImportKey_65814@42187860852760994610_gezirat/apr4casi/dbnc_0_0_12_0/5363_6566/1,12_65,76
    • I was given a copy of raw proprietary data apr4casi.pix by HDI
      • it belongs to University of Hawaii: I can't afford to distribute it around!!
    • if you hold a copy of this data, then you can load the raw data from your file into file gezirat.pix
    • this works as follows:
      • my own file gezirat.pix is only a subset of the original file
      • I have produced a GetImportKey: it is a unique key that is specific to a series of 100 spectral pixels somewhere in my own file gezirat.pix
      • applying this key through the -Import/GetImportKey_65814@421... commandline argument,
        • # 4SM locates the said series of pixels,
        • # determines row and line offsets,
        • # and proceeds to import the right subset of the original raw data from database_in into database_out: Cool, is'nt it?




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