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  • in reply to: 360 video (non VR, 2D, Panoramic) #19536
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    Now we are talking :-)

    But if you want to create an atmosphere, rather than showing some content people need to follow, wouldn’t it be sufficient to show still images, or is video mandatory.

    In the first case you’d save a lot of cost and will gain superb quality.

    And yes, you even could use Gopros.
    For stitching look at Mistika VR, or if it’s not excessive rather find someone to do it for you. Spoiler: Expect a steep learning curve.

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    in reply to: 360 video (non VR, 2D, Panoramic) #19534
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    Let’s try a different approach.
    Firt specify what you want to capture and the horizontal and vertical field of view.

    Cropping top and bottom from a spherical projection won’t cost you anything as you can’t show that anyway. But if you want to reamove part of the horizontal 360 degrees, then of course your resoloution will be less. Current off the shelf spherical cameras hav up to 11k on the horizontal view.

    But if you just want to capture an extended field of view you also cold use any 8k Red or two of them or any other array of 4k cameras.

    But again, this all depends on the scope of what you want to capture and/or to show.

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    in reply to: 360 video (non VR, 2D, Panoramic) #19531
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    With “panoramic” you mean cylindrical projection?

    What field of view do you want to capture? 360 degrees?

    Afaik there are no such cameras anyway and despite having to crop upper and lower parts, cameras that capture the full sphere are your best bet.

    Depending on your ambitions for the project there might be a chance someone has or can build a camera array that will cover a circle for a cylindrical projection, but in that case you’d also have to learn to stitch the footage or find someone to do that for you.

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    in reply to: Best 360 Photography into Virtual Tour for Real Estate #19140
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    Hey Lew,
    I think that the tour browser and automatic linking are quite essential to build tours eoconomically. Once you get used to it there is no way back.
    Download the trial and see how far you can get. They also haven an excellent support forum.
    BTW IVRPA pro members will get a discount from most of our sponsors as well.

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    in reply to: Best 360 Photography into Virtual Tour for Real Estate #19134
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    Mind that PanoVR also has changed a LOT with entirely new GUI and improved functionality.
    Depending on what you are aiming at, this is the most versatile tour builder with a GUI that will easily beat anything else on the market.
    The goof news is, they even have improved the brilliant way to edit nadirs and any other portion of the panorama in that it is converted into a cube-tile, opened in photoshop and after editing automatically patched into the original panorama.

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    in reply to: Best 360 Photography into Virtual Tour for Real Estate #19129
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    Well, if you already have used 3D Vista, what hinders you to check out if the current version matches your needs?
    The software that certainly will do what you need is the latest version on Pano2VR.
    There will be a learning curve, but where does one get a free lunch these days?

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    in reply to: Accessories for Nikon D850 – 360 Tour #19109
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    Hello Siddharth,
    These two heads have nothing in common other that one can shoot spherical panoramas with them.
    The NN6 is more versatile as one can use almost any lens with it up to 200mm and also shoot multirow panoramas.
    The big drawback is that it is heavy and bulky and not ideal for use on poles.

    Peter often shoots his little planets from poles and I certainly would use a ring solution for that like the RR1.

    With the 8mm Samyang one shoots just four around. No need to tilt up as the full sphere is covered even with the lens straight.
    For other lenses this may not apply, but also will need more shots (like 6 around with 8-15 set at 12mm and tilted up).

    There is no universal panohead that fits all needs. To cover it all one needs more than one.

    To start with, an 8mm Samyang with ring solution is perfect and one can’t go wrong.

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    in reply to: Accessories for Nikon D850 – 360 Tour #19108
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    Hello Siddharth,
    These two heads have nothing in common other that one can shoot spherical panoramas with them.
    The NN6 is more versatile as one can use almost any lens with it up to 200mm and also shoot multirow panoramas.
    The big drawback is that it is heavy and bulky and not ideal for use on poles.

    Peter often shoots his little planets from poles and I certainly would use a ring solution for that like the RR1.

    With the 8mm Samyang one shoots just four around. No need to tilt up as the full sphere is covered even with the lens straight.
    For other lenses this may not apply, but also will need more shots (like 6 around with 8-15 set at 12mm and tilted up).

    There is no universal panohead that fits all needs. To cover it all one needs more than one.

    To start with, an 8mm Samyang with ring solution is perfect and one can’t go wrong.

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    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Jürgen Schrader (2018) #18888
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    At the time the statement was written Michael had told me she couldn’t 100% confirm that she will apply for another term. At that time I also did not know that it wouldn’t be possible to alter my statement once it was posted. A little bit awkward now, I agree, but she knows about that, and she knows that she has my full support.

    And no, I don’t think it’s about time to step aside.

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    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Jürgen Schrader (2018) #18757
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    This would be a question for the treasurer, and I wonder why you post that here under my candidate statement.

    However, to make things easier for you I had a look at the numbers and here is what I found:
    For 2017 we have a “Net Operating Income” of about US$ -22k. While we still have Total Assets of about US$ 106k remaining on our bank accounts.

    As we are a non profit association and our objective is not to make and/or accumulate money, these US$ 22k certainly cannot be called a loss. The opposite is the case. They were invested to foster the goals of our operations in the best sense of our bylaws.

    Let me give you an example: From the 2017 budget we spent about 8k on video equipment to provide professional quality live video and streams to the audience and live followers at the conferences and to record the conference sessions and talks in a an appropriate way. Through savings on rental costs for the Vienna and Tokyo conferences this equipment already has paid for itself.

    From the 2017 budget we also made a payment of US$ 12k to a former IVRPA director, who so far is the only director who ever has received a compensation for the time he spent to organize two of our conferences in 2015 and in 2016. His name is Luc Villeneuve.

    If you add just these two numbers you already have an explanation of where we invested US$ 20k of the US$ 22k in 2017. Should you wish to also learn about the remaining US$ 2k please let us know, our treasurer will be happy to lay that out in all detail.

    Should you want to discuss this topic further, please start a new thread in this forum.
    Thank you.

    Jürgen Schrader
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    in reply to: Which Fisheye for Sony APS-C ? #18520
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    Two options
    1. 7 Artisans
    2. Samyang 7.5 mm with nodal ninja conversion kit.
    I have both but I’m your case recommend 7 Artisans. Just make sure you get a copy where the sunshade is t glued. There are versions where it just can be unscrewed.

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    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

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

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    in reply to: Posting 360 photos with own branding and interactivity #18011
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    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.

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    in reply to: IVRPA 2019? #17988
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    Currently we are evaluating several options, but nothing is secured yet.

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    in reply to: Autocad/Engineering pano tours #17973
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    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.

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    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.

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    in reply to: Improving member communications #17761
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    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.

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    in reply to: iPAD for showing Virtual Tours Off line #17758
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    I’ve successfully been using Goodreader for years.
    Depending on your sources there also is a standalone viewer app from Kolor.

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    in reply to: Focus Stacking Panoramas #17743
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    Excellent advise Aaron.
    THX

    Jürgen Schrader
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    in reply to: Interactive Training for Dumper Operations in VR #17713
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    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.

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    in reply to: Interactive VR Tour of a Mine #17712
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    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?

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    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

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    in reply to: Improving member communications #17671
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    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.

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    in reply to: Focus Stacking Panoramas #17670
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    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.

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    in reply to: Nikkor 14mm ultra wide lens Panos #16588
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    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.

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    in reply to: Nikkor 14mm ultra wide lens Panos #16584
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    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.

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    in reply to: Nikkor 14mm ultra wide lens Panos #16565
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    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.

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    in reply to: IVRPA TOKYO 2018 Conference #15512
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    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.

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    in reply to: 360 Video on real Helicopter #14711
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    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
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