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  • Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    That’s some good news, because otherwise the number of customers who I could use that for will be exceptionally limited. Looking forward to it and hope to meanwhile find the time for a test run.

    Cheers

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Awesome!
    Now the killer question: Can the tours be hosted on ones own servers or are they like Matterport bound to your servers?

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Posting 360 photos with own branding and interactivity #18011
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Of course there is.
    Panoramic photography has been a serious business years before Google even knew what that is.
    So no surprise there are different options to build your own tours. For a school and anyone else who wants to keep control over their images it is highly recommended to use their own servers or hosting platform, which most likely they already have.
    To build tours, please have a look at Pano2VR from Gardengnomesoftware and Panotour Pro from Kolor, or if you feel comfortable at xml scripting look at krpano.com.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: IVRPA 2019? #17988
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Currently we are evaluating several options, but nothing is secured yet.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Autocad/Engineering pano tours #17973
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    So what does that really mean?
    Doing tours with photogrammetry? Doing tours with CAD data?
    I know at least of one dedicated systems for that, but the price range goes towards 6 figures and it is an advantage if one has experience in the field of documenting large (really large) facilities and/or facility management.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    As a freelancer your income depends a LOT on your skills and engagement in marketing.
    Besides that local markets are also varying a lot.
    As a newcomer I’d say you’d better first evaluate what’s possible in your vicinity and start to collect a portfolio and references, otherwise it will be tough because 360 photography has significantly advanced in recent years.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17761
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    The name change is a reaction to the changed subject our members and sponsors are dealing with. The new word embraces all aspects and doesn’t require to change the visual appearance of the logo.
    When the idea was proposed in the members meeting in Tokyo it was answered with great applause.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: iPAD for showing Virtual Tours Off line #17758
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    I’ve successfully been using Goodreader for years.
    Depending on your sources there also is a standalone viewer app from Kolor.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Focus Stacking Panoramas #17743
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Excellent advise Aaron.
    THX

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Interactive Training for Dumper Operations in VR #17713
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    The connectivity has nothing to do with the way you capture/create your assets.

    I’d rather talk to the software developer and discuss with him the budget needed for either method and the interactivity you need and then look at the budget needed to produce these assets.

    Too many factors we don’t know will influence asset creation and overall budget.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Interactive VR Tour of a Mine #17712
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    As Sam suggested you need a robust authoring tool. Which to chose depends on your customers goals, your budget and your skills.
    You evaluated your camera before investment that it’s appropriate for a job in a mine? Is it an open pit?

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Dear Massimo,

    you are in full control of all your payments through your Paypal account.
    Your request was received and forwarded to our treasurer, please allow it a couple of days to be processed.

    Best regards
    Jürgen

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17671
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Thank you very much, Brian, for your participation.

    So it seems an important idea that has emerged is that the IVRPA needs to work on how to improve the private forum communications for valid members.

    Please explain what makes this issue suddenly important?
    And what do you think is it that keeps members from starting a communication with us, should they feel they need or want to have one?

    I think it is time that we moved forward and beyond the present situation which is not satisfactory for a healthy, dynamic and forward looking association.

    You, like any other member, are strongly encouraged to get involved and share with us thoughts and resources to foster the ideas and projects you want to see covered. Please go ahead.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Focus Stacking Panoramas #17670
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    That’s not a kind of panorama where focus stacking makes sense at all and particularly not at 16mm.
    The gain in resolution over full frame Fisheye is marginal and not worth the effort as the image shows.

    If you really want to try it, start at 35mm.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Nikkor 14mm ultra wide lens Panos #16588
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Unfortunately I can’t tell what’s causing the problem in Autopano as I’m not an avid user of it. I use PTGUI since more than ten years for all my work and it never failed. Your images stitched with an average error below 1px.

    I agree that the 14mm is more versatile, but if you really need good images I’d not use such an extreme wide angle. Rather use something like 16-35 or 24-70 and for the panoramas a dedicated fisheye for 4 shots around. When you shoot in tight places the 14mm also might cause headaches with DOF.

    With the 14mm you will need at least 8-10 images to cover the sphere. Which also means more time shooting and processing.

    The stitch of the cinema looks good, I saw minor issues due to a blurred frame at the top.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Nikkor 14mm ultra wide lens Panos #16584
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Sorry for the delay, I only now saw your links.
    First of all, the website of your sharing service is rated malicious by several browsers and Malwarebytes. This might keep people from proceeding any further. However, I took the risk and got the images. YOLO.

    All three sets stitch perfectly fine in PTGUI. I just droped them and let PTGUI stitch, not manual tweaking needed. I don’t use Autopano. So what is the problem with your stitch?

    Maybe Autopano get’s confused because the images do have a lot of overlap. Too much overlap probably.
    Also you should make yourself familiar with the concept of using manual settings for shooting panoramas.

    Sidenote: I doubt that the final result will make a big difference whether you use the 16mm or the 14mm.
    The 16mm has proven to deliver suberb results on the latest Nikon cameras.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Nikkor 14mm ultra wide lens Panos #16565
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    To understand what could be the issue you’d better provide a sample. If the error is not immediately visible please also describe what you think is not ok.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: IVRPA TOKYO 2018 Conference #15512
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    I agree, the location is not mentioned all too often, but it’s on the IVRPA FB announcement:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Museum-of-Emerging-Science-and-Innovation-Miraikan/434853376568401

    There also should be a list of hotel recommendations.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: 360 Video on real Helicopter #14711
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Doing aerials from manned aircraft is a serious business.
    If you need to mount something outside of a helicopter it needs to be done by a certified company.

    Handholding something outside of a flying aircraft with a weight of more than 1kg is not advised and also needs secure fastening. Do a dry run in your apartment and you will understand.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Image curvature on the edges #14710
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    The distortion you notice is due to the field of view which is very large when zoomed out and rather samll when zoomed in. The effect is the same as with wide angle lenses and normal and telephoto lenses. There is nothing one can do about it unless one would find a way to change the laws of physics.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Prosumer 360 Cameras #14446
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    That’s good to know.
    We know Z Cam and Kinson Loo very well, they were with us and iZugar at our booth at Photokina in Cologne last year :-)

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Prosumer 360 Cameras #14444
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Dear Hanamichy Sakuragi,
    please explain your affiliation with this company and why you think you need to promote this company here.
    Thank you very much.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: 2017 Ideal Dream 360 Camera Rig #14348
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Well, the limitation that makes us dream about rigs is physics rather than money.
    Everyone would love to have a one-shot-rig that allows high resolution panos without stitching errors, which currently is not possible to build.

    And once you start looking at stereo panos, the issue go through the roof.

    So for current rigs there is little left to wish for.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: 2017 Ideal Dream 360 Camera Rig #14340
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    While there might be rigs one can dream of, There is no such thing like an ideal rig.
    One always has to configure a setup that best matches the current purpose.

    For panoramic photography a 4 camera rig will not make you happy unless you do aerial photography where the nodal offset doesn’t weigh in too much. For everything else it’s more like a pia.

    If you need to speed things up, a motorized head might come into consideration.

    I you need to shoot HDR spheres for IBL the Sony might not be ideal as at a maximum it allows 5 brackets 3 EV apart. I haven’t tested yet if that is sufficient to cover the entire range. That said I don’t know which are he maximum steps that the Nikon 8xxs do allow.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Upgrading equipment #14339
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    The mentioned combo above currently is one of the best money can buy.
    The only alternative would be a Nikon 8xx series camera if you haven’t yet invested in Canon glas.

    As for the adapter, yes, I use the Metabones IV.
    Works nicely with the fisheye and TS lenses.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Upgrading equipment #14233
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    The A7RII besides currently without doubt is one of the best bodies one can use for panoramic work.
    I’m using it myself mostly with the Canon 8-15 as this gives one all the options to shoot just 4 around or 6+1 with a very sharp lens that delivers to the 42 mpx sensor what it deserves.

    Depending on your budget and further needs there are other options available.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: What should be the next step up from Samsung Gear 360? #14100
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    It depends as always.
    You would have to specify your goals and the expectations of your client to get a more precise recommendation.
    Actually there is a huge gap between entry level cameras and “next higher level” equipment. Mind that you also will need specific software and editing expertise depending on the desired outcome.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: GTP or not GTP, which is the difference? #13506
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    I think technically they are the same. There is no difference besides that GTP get a discount.

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Check https://www.360cities.net/map

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

    in reply to: Problem with Panorama Tour from Kolor #12463
    Jürgen Schrader
    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Director Member secretary

    Did you upload the entire folder and subfolders?

    Jürgen Schrader
    IVRPA Secretary

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