I want to convert a GeoTiff DEM file, to PNG tiles where the elevation is encoded as RGB colors with a formula like that :
-10000 + ((color.r * 256 * 256 + color.g * 256 + color.b) * 0.1)
I know how to do the raster Geotiff to PNG tiles with Global Mapper or GDAL, but I don't know how to make to colourize the elevation with tri-linear interpolation like the formula.
I tried with Global Mapper and a grayscale shader between min an max elevation, but the elevation is as a consequence only encoded in 8bit, and it is not precise enough.
The same with gdaldem color-relief, the color configuration file only do linear interpolation between 2 elevations and colors so it is the same as a grayscale and result in 8bit precision. Or i would have to give a 255*255 long color configuration file to express the tri-linear interpolation as a linear interpolation.
I am not sure if gdal-translate can expand the elevation band as 3 band in RGB.
I am thinking of doing a python program to do it now, but before losing time I want to know if there is other options.