Meteosat Movie (Updated every 6 hours)

Sorry, with the transition from Meteosat-7 to Meteosat-8 this movie is not being updated at the moment. We hope to bring it back soon.

NOAA Movie (30 March 1996)

First movie frameDownload the movie (111 Kbytes MPEG).

The current movie covers the period 27 to 30 March 1996. It uses 18 passes received over three days. To reduce the impression of partial frame updates only passes which covered more than 70% of the image area were used. Each frame has been histogram equalised separately without consideration of the surrounding frames so unfortunately the brightness of stable parts of the image may change.

Displaying Movies

The movies are generated in MPEG-1 and MPEG-4 format which is an international standard. Movie players should be available for all computer platforms:

More information about the MPEG format, including where to obtain players, can be found on the MPEG site, or at

NOTE: If you are using Windows and get the error "ActiveMovie cannot play this video stream because it falls outside the constrained standard" then you need to get the latest version of ActiveMovie, or Windows Media Player.

Creating Movies

Creating a movie from a geostationary satellite such as Meteosat is relatively easy because

In contrast, polar-orbiting satellites such as the NOAA series received here in Dundee

The NOAA movie is therefore rather jerky and subsequent frames may only be able to update a part of the image. It is hoped that in the future we will be able to receive more passes and if this sufficiently improves the quality of the movie it may become regularly updated.

The Meteosat movie is much smoother and in colour.

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