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Wow, Kaidan QuickPan Pro? That’s a blast from the past! I have one at home. It’s an impressively robust bit of kit, but I’d only recommend using it if all other options were not available; it’s huge, heavy, and a bit of a fiddle to assemble.
However, I may have a printed copy of the manual that I could scan. I’ll look for it and let you know.
Improving the organisation’s links with education is a big part of my goals, as always – and with the development of two major VR-specific courses at the University of the Arts London we’re well placed to do that. This will also help us be a bridge between education and industry, in ways that only a dedicated non-profit organisation with world-class expert members can do effectively.November 20, 2017 at 5:28 pm in reply to: IVRPA 2017 Board of Directors Election: Announcement #14960
If you can access your own web space the best approach will be to separate the two requirements: creating a virtual tour, and making it available only to certain people.
1. Create your virtual tour using any up-to-date industry-standard tool. I suggest Pano2VR, but there are others.
If the light level difference isn’t too extreme you can do a lot by processing a single set of shots at the RAW processing point, recovering burned out highlights (as long as they aren’t actually blown and clipped) and lifting dark shadows. But if the difference is strong the only safe, professional solution (short of custom lighting control, which is very complex for 360 work) is to shoot bracketed exposures and blend/fuse the exposures together either before stitching (my preference) or as part of the stitching software’s own workflow (another good method, just not my own preference).
Whatever you do, don’t shift the exposures for individual shots in one set. :)
If you make edits to an equirect in Photoshop you always run the risk of this kind of problem. It’s generally better, where possible, to do that kind of adjustment to the individual images before you stitch. If this isn’t possible you can extract the zenith and nadir and do some touch-up work to eliminate the glitch.
If your edits changed the left and right extremes differently and you now have a vertical line where the equirect wraps around and joins up that’s a tougher fix – but it’s doable by using Photoshop’s Offset filter (Filter > Other > Offset) to bring the seam around to the middle of the image and a separate process to extract the zenith and nadir for patching.
I use Pano2VR for extracting patches from an equirect for fix-up edits, but I do my very best to make any and all wholesale adjustments to the individual shots before I stitch anything.
The IVRPA logo is a PNG with transparency, which helps it blend into the ‘look & feel’ of your site. Using it should be fairly self-explanatory, but in case it’s any help I’ll list a few basic pointers…
- Use the entire logo; don’t crop off the text on the right. You and I know what the diamond and circle graphic means, but until we complete our plans for world domination most normal people won’t.
- To avoid encroaching on the visible part of the graphic, the pixel area of the image shouldn’t be cropped. This example shows the actual pixel area of the logo:
- If the background of your page behind where you place the logo is visually busy (i.e. has a strong pattern or other distinct content) and is likely to clash with or obscure the logo, particularly the type, please put it into a container with an opaque fill. White is preferred.
- This graphic is 600x300px. Scaling the image down to 50% (300x150px) will work well, but smaller sizes will lose legibility.