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    Arnold Schmidt
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    Hello everyone! I am a beginner, and I would greatly appreciate some assistance in clarifying and understanding some issues and questions so I understand the basic principles of creating panoramic images and tours.

    To begin with I purchased the stitching software Autopano Giga. I created my first panoramic image, and rendered it. The result is a flat panoramic image. I am at this current stage. Here are my questions:

    – The flat image has stitching mistakes, how can they be corrected, at which stage? Befor rendering, or afterwards, e.g. in photoshop?
    – How to create a ball like panorama from this flat image?
    – Which additional software do I need to create tours? Do I have to stick with panotour by kolor, or can (maybe should) I use another one as well
    – How do I create a google street view like tour with clickable arrows on the ground and the same image morph effect, instead of markers in the middle of the images like seen on tours created with pano tour software?
    – Which type of a file do I have to create to be able to view it as a ball-like panoramic image? How do I upload these on street view, how do I integrate these into websites?
    – Is there a viewer necessary to view the panorama image (or a tour) offline?

    Many thanks for any help.

    Best
    Arnold

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    Arnold Schmidt
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    hi Saul,
    many thanks for the helpful information you gave. i need a little time to go through and digest. nevertheless i followed the paneek link, and i find it highly interesting, so i registered, and i want to get back asap and try it…
    best, arnold

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    Sam Rohn
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    stitching errors should really be corrected in the stitching app before rendering final pano, but some small errors may be correctable in photoshop after stitching, it would really depend on what kind of errors you are dealing with

    not sure what you mean by “ball like” if you mean a spherical interactive view you would render an equirectangular projection, if you mean a little planet type image you would render a stereographic projection, both are options in your stitching app, see this page for more info on panorama projections – http://www.kolor.com/wiki-en/action/view/Autopano_Giga_-_Panorama_Editor_-_Projections

    to create a final tour, you can use software for self hosted 360 tours kolor panotour, pano2vr, krpano, marzipano, or a 360° tour hosting service like 360cities or roundme, google street view, etc

    note that the latest version of Pano2VR has built in desktop support for uploading directly to and creating tours on google street view, and Pano2VR is currently the only app that supports GSV on desktop – http://ggnome.com/blog/pano2vr-51-beta-2-google-street-view-export

    Garrows is a plugin for kolor panotour & krpano that creates google street view style navigation arrows for tours created with these apps – http://www.robostitcher.com/Garrows

    kolor gopro vr player is a good desktop viewer for 360 panos and 360 video – http://www.kolor.com/gopro-vr-player/download/

    see this page for a long list of tutorials and other links – https://ivrpa.org/about-ivrpa/360-vr-photography-360-video-resources/

    Sam Rohn :: New York City
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    Location Scout :: www.nylocations.com

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    cjonesmn
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    This is great info, I’m basically at the same level as Arnold. I have reviewed much of the information provided in this thread but I would like to ask a similar question in a slightly different manner.

    What I am hoping to do is find a software solution that I can use to create Virtual Tours for those that still use a DSLR and a pano head (in my case a Nodal Ninja). Ideally I’m looking for a solution that could do all of the following:
    1) A single tool that could create stitched images and then use those images to create a virtual tour without having to export and import into a different piece of software.
    2) Allow for batch stitching of raw format images (nef or dng)
    3) Allow export flexibility of panoramas or tours to Google Streetview and other popular map tools

    I realize that I’m asking for a lot here, but I’m trying to see if there’s a simpler process for DSLR shooters that doesn’t require two or more different tools. Thanks!

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    Sam Rohn
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    no such all-in-one software for 360 vr panos and tours exists, you will always need more than one piece of software to do everything needed to shoot, stitch, retouch, and finally produce and upload a 360° virtual tour, and in my experience, all-in-one tools that claim to do a bit of everything are often not as good as tools built for a specific purpose

    virtual tour production is a totally different function than image stitching and other image processing, jamming all of their interfaces and functions together into one app would make thing no less confusing in the end, and it would also increase cost for those who do not need all of these functions

    also note that stitching nef, dng, or other raw files is intended for preview stitch only, is not the way to get good final results, in fact it will always give bad results, develop your raw files with lightroom or adobe camera raw to 16bit argb tiff using a proper color profile for your camera and chromatic aberration fix to get best results from your dslr raw files, save all other corrections for post production in lightroom or photoshop

    sam

    Sam Rohn :: New York City
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    cjonesmn
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    Thanks for the insight Sam. I appreciate it.

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