I have just discovered my first dislike for this WordPress.com blog – Flash embeds are not permitted in posts, pages, or text widgets. For security reasons the tags needed for these to work have been removed.
This is frustrating because I’ve spent quite some time on learning how to create immersive spherical panoramas. After the Supanova cosplay event I discovered another Melbourne photographer’s website, Neil Creek, who has some really neat examples of these type of projections. 360 Cities also has some extraordinary dynamic scenes which boggle the mind.
As for available resources on the web explaining how to compose, execute and stitch the required photographs and then convert the projected composite to view as a QuickTime VR or Flash object, here are some that I found:
- Peter Gawthrop’s Creating Spherical Panoramas with the Canon 5D and 15mm Fisheye Lens
- Outside the Lines’ QTVR for the Rest of Us
- panoramas.dk STITCHING AND AUTHORING PANORAMAS
- Panomundo’s How to Make QTVR Panoramas
After taking a set of images from a standard tripod at the Alfred Nicholas Gardens on Mt. Dandenong I set about trying to develop my own budget method for creating and displaying immersive spherical panoramas. The summary is as follows:
- Panoramic stitcher: Hugin 0.7.0
- Flash and QTVR panorama converter: Pano2VR
- Free Flash object hosting: Google Sites
- Permitted blog embedding: Blogger
The immersive Flash panorama of the above projection can be viewed on a Blogger account I created. Noting the Flash object’s width, height and hosting URL: http://sites.google.com/site/ccdoh1flash/Home/Boathouse_out.swf, the HTML code I used to embed it within Blogger is:
Obviously I have a long way to go in refining the method (particularly in exposure control) but I believe this to be an excellent beginning.