Convert MrSID to an image (PNG, JPG, TIFF, …)

Conversion result, using data of my hometown Deinze, Belgium

To convert a MrSID (Multiresolution Seamless Image Database) from LizardTech you’ll need GDAL (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library) — Mac Users: download here — along with its MrSID Plugin — Mac Users: scroll down at link above.

Once both are installed you can use gdal_translate to do the actual conversion. Beware that converting will give you a gigantic file and will take a while. Best is to resize the output, to not end up with images of 500MB.

Convert MrSID to PNG and resize

/Library/Frameworks/GDAL.framework/Programs/gdal_translate -of PNG -outsize 10% 10% input.sid output.png

More info on the parameters can be found on the GDAL site.

Tip: if you can determine the NE and SW coordinates of the image, you can project it on top of Google Maps as a Ground Overlay (example)

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