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SM Tools

Last Verified : 2018-12-17

Overview

The SM Tools are a set of tools developed to create and edit streaming movie files (sm). The sm movies support tiled images, multiple level of detail, and several types of intraframe (but not inter-frame) image compression. The streaming movie format is sutable for large high-resolution movies being displayed on cluster displays.

Playback of the sm format is no longer supported since the update to TOSS3 and deprecation of Blockbuster. The SM Tools are still supported as a means to convert existing sm files into other formats.

Environment

Machines and Versions

See LC visualization software page.

Location

The tools are accessible via modules. Type module load smtools to add them to your PATH.

The actual installation directories are in /usr/tce/packages/smtools

Settings

The module load smtools command will setup your PATH and any other needed environment variables.

Usage

The following tools are available as part of SM Tools:

img2sm: Merge images into an sm movie.
sm2img: Extract individual images from an sm movie.
ps2sm: Convert a PostScript of a PDF file into an sm movie.
sm2mpg: Convert an sm movie into an MPEG movie.
sm2qt: Convert an sm movie into a quicktime movie.
smcat: Create an sm movie from a set of input sm files.
smevo: Create a CEI EVO movie file from an sm movie and vice versa.
smtest: Test the integrity and performance of an sm movie file.
sminfo: Print vital statisitcs about an sm movie.

Usage information for all of these commands is available by typing the name of the command without arguments.

Help

Once the module has been loaded, man pages are availble for each sm* command variant.

You can also type man sm for more information on the streaming movie file format.

Help is available from the LC Hotline: lc-hotline@llnl.gov, (925) 422-4531

Download

Local workstation installations for the SM Tools are not supported.

Links

UCRL-MI-128467-REV-1