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Author: Tiran Dagan | Website: http://www.TiranDagan.com

Prepare a 360 wrapping Image

We feed the image series into our image assembly program. PanaVue's image assembly is really neat because it can calibrate itself to your camera's parameters and settings so no custom equipment is necessary. (File -> New -> Lens Wizard). Then you start an Image Stitching project and add in all the images in the right order, and the program stitches the images together, taking care of the Fisheye artifact that came with that Fishy lens you used. Fisheye allows you to capture more of the image in to each frame, and a good fisheye lens is a worthy investment.
Stiched Image
  Fig. 2 - Stiched image showing all captured images in one single file

After constructing a single large image, we start a photo stitching project to mark the wrap points between both edges of the image. If you did anything less than 360 coverage of your site, you will regret it at this point! Here is the result:

Wraparound Image
Fig. 3 - 360 Wraparound image

What's unique about this image is that the pixels on the left match up with the ones on the right to create a seamless wraparound single image. This image is a whopping 10570 x 1997 pixels. I reduced it somewhat, but the cool thing is that even at 40% JPG compression in Flash, you get a very decent, larger than life image, so the resulting VR with the player is less than 400kb. (I reduced the final image to 3700 x 500)

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Added: 2001-10-12
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