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Topic: Photosynth - Camera setup

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Trek-Wireless (Over 1 year ago)
Hi - we are interested in using Photosynth commercially. We already shoot virtual tours, taking multiple shots with a panoramic head and stitching (examples - http://www.trekwireless.co.uk/360.html) so ideally want to have a standardized workflow for image capture. We tried putting fisheye images into Photosynth which did not work, so I assume Photosynth expects rectilinear images? In terms of generating a 360 degree panoramic, I am assuming that we could use a camera mounted on an extension bar attached to a panoramic head then rotate through 360 degrees capturing shots at sufficient overlap. This would then give us a 'repeatable' setup. Can you please advise.
Thanks
Tim
Hi -- The short answer is yes: you can make reasonable synths by taking panoramic sets that overlap by at least 50% from photo to photo. But this doesn't make the most of your photography, nor of Photosynth.

What you need is for us to integrate real panorama "bubbles" into Photosynth, so that the viewing experience can be at least as good as the Flash one on your site. Doing this work is on our task backlog, and we have a great stitcher (the Microsoft Research ICE stitcher) that we can integrate, but we are 3+ months away from being able to begin this work.

If you're interested in working with us on this project, drop me an email. (Click on my name to find it.)
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