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Topic: Pano lock to horizon

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hefeweiss (8 months ago)
I just started playing with the preview and I am *extremely* excited to see this work getting pushed out.

One problem that I noticed is that the panorama viewer doesn't stick to the horizon. Instead it seems to be tracking to the center point of all the images. This makes sense if we are trying  to see all the photos but creates a jarring experience compared to the panoramas created by ICE.

Here are two synths for comparison. It's not my finest work but I was a bit rushed since it was below 0 deg F...

Preview Pano: http://photosynth.net/preview/view/dc783d6b-85b6-4867-9182-a06dd13c1c68
ICE Pano: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=cfac00dc-c557-4c94-ad38-47b764737647

Keep up the great work!
I see what you mean. I have a lot of these pano Synths too with photos to cover more space. I feel the new pano synther should be enhanced in this respect.
NateLawrence (8 months ago)
Yeah, one of the first things that popped into my head when I first watched the video tutorial was "Okay, so these new panorama style synths are only meant to be single row".

Naturally that meant that most of the panoramas I've shot for ICE in multiple columns or rows don't really upload very well as parallax panoramas in the preview as the rows of photos across my columns often don't line up very level unless I used a tripod and shot in rows instead of columns.
NateLawrence (8 months ago)
In their defense, the 'Expert Shooting Guide' does warn us under 'Current Limitations' on Page 5: 
http://cdn1.ps1.photosynth.net/docs/Photosynth-Tech-Preview-Expert-Shooting-Guide.pdf#5
"The new Photosynth has no equivalent yet to a full panoramic sphere where you can look up and down as well as left and right. Keep using our apps or Microsoft ICE if you want to capture the ceiling!"

I still think your suggestion is a good one but they do make it fairly clear that currently panorama style synths are meant to be a single pan.
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