View Full Version : Adding 360 panaramic view

09-23-2005, 03:44 AM
I've been exploring how to add some 360 degree views using Java or equivalent to my website. What I mean is, sometimes a website (especially hotels and such) will offer a 360 view of a room or residence. I'm trying to figure out how to do that and add it to my site. I'm needing some software advice/hints here since I'm drawing a blank, and I don't even know what key words to use to I can do a search. Thanks

09-23-2005, 04:30 AM
The "official" way requires a special camera that can capture a
bird's-eye or fish-eye view all in one shot, or a 360deg panning
camera and/or software to stitch images together ... all-in-all,
it might end up being a bit expensive.

There is a "poor man's" method that involves taking several
shots in a room as you turn around in the room. An applet
allows you to move around (it switches from one photo to
the next) ... simulating the movement of 360deg.

Here's an example: http://pages.prodigy.net/seims/backyard/

The applet is free. It also allows up and down, if you take multiple
levels (elevations) of digital photos.

Like I say, it's the poor-man's way, but it does work.

Here's the link to Freedom VR: http://www.honeylocust.com/vr/

09-23-2005, 05:09 AM
The most expensive piece of equipment involved in doing this properly is a specialist tripod that resesses the camera back from the center of the tripod and allows you align the gear to its "true dead center". There is no cheap version and there probably isn't a backyard guide on how to hack your standard tripod to make it achieve this.

That said, I've stitched together 12 photos that were taken by hand on a disposable camera from a plane travelling 500km/h and thrown together many a QTVR (that's what it's called if you use the Quicktime version, which is probably your safest option due to most people having the Quicktime player installed) scene using a standard tripod and SLR camera.

The scenario you're talking about (stationary camera giving whole room view) is the hardest one to replicate without specialist equipment due to the tripod setup I mentioned above.

Basically dude, get a good tripod and camera and pray that you've got good photochopping skills.... Either that, or get a quote on having a pro do it. I can 100% guarentee the home photographer has no chance of competing against the quality of a professionally produced 360degree walkthrough, merely because of the little extras they will have that are prohibitively expensive for normal folk like you and me. (I stopped doing that line of work long ago, so don't bother asking me for a quote ;))

Good luck! :eek:

09-23-2005, 11:37 AM
OK, that sounds good guys. Thanks for the info. Since what I plan on doing isn't very critical I'll proly go w/ the cheapest backyard way I can. It's just for a fun little website I have running. If I were running a business or something I would likely invest a little more time and money into it. Thanks again. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

09-23-2005, 12:10 PM
Post a link when it's done, interested to see how it turns out! :)

09-23-2005, 06:19 PM
OK, it'll take a lil time, but I'll let you know. I played around w/ a trial program I found on the net that allowed me to change still pictures to spherical panorama, cylindrical panorama, kaidan one shot or 0-360 optic. While messing around w/ it this morning before class I found that I couldn't zoom on still shots, but when I changed the format to cylindrical (I think) I was able to have full control over the stills. Up, down, left, right, zoon in/out. I'll need a few more days of experimenting, and then a good object to practice on. But i'll surely post back here w/ link for whoever to check out.

09-23-2005, 06:56 PM
Heh as said, it is expensive.

I priced it recently and the costs went a bit like this:

tripod 250-00
pano head 400
camera: 750 probably cheaper now
software 600
time per 360, dunno but around 3 hrs when practiced.

see it at manfrotto.com