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Kolor Panotour Pro 2.0: Prepare for the next-generation virtual tours

Watch the Panotour Pro 2.0 teaser! http://www.youtube.com/embed/wOYAsXZdgfQ

Get ready!

Kolor is developing the next major version of Panotour Pro. While the development is underway, subscribe to receive the latest updates about this new version:

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Kolor Panobook 2013 Jury announced: Thomas Bredenfeld, Nicolas Mériau and Henry Stuart

The team of Kolor is honored to welcome Thomas Bredenfeld, Nicolas Mériau and Henry Stuart as the jury members of the Kolor Panobook 2013 panoramic photography contest. Many thanks to them for having accepted to join the project.

Perfectly square

How to make a rectangular object perfectly square using the panotools:

In this example the frame is straight, but somehow the photo looks distorted.

Panotools Projections

The most common Panotools projections are Equirectangular to make interactive 360x180 panoramas and Rectilinear to fix distortions of photos. But what about the others?
With a small Field of View (FoV) the difference isn't that obvious, but with a large Field of View things change quite a bit.

Imagine yourself standing in front of a large object and try to take a photo. Using a wide angle lens will get you visible distortions once you go above 50 degrees (100 degrees FoV) because of the Rectilinear projection.
Here is where the other projections come into place to map large Field of View objects to a print.

This is an example of an extreme Field of View, standing right in front a Ferris wheel taking several pictures using a 24mm lens:

Autopano 3.0 image-stitching software is released

Kolor has just released Autopano 3.0 image-stitching software for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Watch the video: http://www.kolor.com/image-stitching-software-autopano-giga-new-features...

Version 3.0 integrates impressive new features that will definitely make you adopt Autopano Pro or Autopano Giga:

- Choose between 9 projection modes the one that best suits your image, including Little-Planet, Panini, Hammer, Mirror Ball, Orthographic and more.

Aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy

We live close to the Jersey Shore which suffered the full force of SuperStorm Sandy. While we were lucky enough to be 140 feet above sea level during the storm, the full force of the tidal surge wrecked havoc all along the shore line.

Since then I have begun documenting the impact and gradual recovery using Gigapan Panoramas and 360 VRs. These panoramas will show the damage and subsequent restoration of places and facilities that are apart of the Jersey Shore. This growing gallery can be viewed at http://www.gigapan.com/galleries/10076/gigapans

1,300 Students and Faculty in creating a Gigapan, Gigatag and 360 Panoramic Tour

Alfred, NY - Our challenge for the Alfred Project this year was during new student orientation. We needed to create an interactive presentation of the new students during orientation with the ability to link the story back to the social media networks for presentation.

We decided to create panos of the commencement in the Gym as well as multiple 360 Interactive Panoramas allowing student to see all around the event. And then a Gigapan of the students and use Gigatag to allow Facebook tagging.

What a great time and I hope you all enjoy the 360 world that we live in!

Pano2VR 4.0 beta released

We are happy to announce the release of the first beta for Pano2VR 4.0 as it was shown at the NYC 2012 conference.
From now on, we will have the regular Pano2VR and a new Pano2VR pro license. The major additions for the pro license are a built-in tour builder to manage a whole tour within one project and it will also include the former "unbranded option" of version 3.x.

Here is list of all the major new features:

  • Tour Builder (pro only)
  • Media editor for pinned (distorted) videos and images (Flash & HTML5)
  • Polygon hotspots (Flash & HTML5)
  • HTML5 fullscreen support
  • HTML5 support for Internet Explorer 10
  • Geotagging
  • Pinned Hotspots (Flash & HTML5)

The quick shot

You got your camera with you. Great. You have your tripod along with the panoramic head next to you? Probably not. Unless you go for the architectural motive, using the right control points gets you quite far.

This panoramic image is composed from 4 individual pictures using a 24mm lens on full frame without the use of any panoramic head:



One row with three consecutive pictures and one to make sure the interesting part at the bottom isn't gone in the final cut:

Virtual Tour Photographer

VRteam has just re-launched an informative website about virtual tour photographers and what they do specifically for hotels and resorts. The website is located at http://www.VirtualTourPhotographer.com.