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I was thinking just now that it would be great to be able to just make a playlist of Photosynth 2 synths while we're waiting for automated synth linking to happen.
Because the new synths have a very linear path with a clear beginning and end, I think this could work well.
Important options for me as a playlist author would be a switch on each synth in the playlist to determine:
1: starting image
2: movement direction
3: loop or not + if so how many times or what condition must be met to load the next synth
Give us the ability to embed these playlists and you're well on your way to something really cool.
Bonus points when we can view these playlists in Bing Maps in 3D.
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A little bit like this...
@Joscelin, except that I would be shooting the synths specifically to be one continuous experience - essentially making sure that each spin synth is a full spin and each walk, wall, or pano synth is a complete walk, wall, or pano but shooting them specifically to link together as I'm accustomed to doing with original photosynths.
In other words I'm looking for a way to transcend the 200 photo per new synth limit while still respecting that each new synth ought to be as complete an experience in and of itself as possible (possible exceptions where a walk or wall is simply too long to fit in a single new synth).
When it snowed in my town I shot a wall on each side of my street as well as a parallax pano at each end.
The 2 walls were both too long to fit into a single wall and thus became four synths, so it became six synths instead of four.
There's also a spin of my house, which makes the set rise to seven.
A playlist where the wall of each side of the street played the second half as soon as it had finished the first half is ideal. Then the panoramas could be used to continue, turn around, + proceed to the wall on the other side of the street for a larger scale loop.
Wall 1A: http://photosynth.net/preview/view/a8cae29b-0abe-4d91-a0e7-454751997e7a
Wall 1B: http://photosynth.net/preview/view/d6459c84-4cc7-4337-8da3-8cf8d0b359bf
Transition Pano 1: http://photosynth.net/preview/view/11df9a2e-c26d-4c4a-99b1-add917ffd5de
Wall 2A: http://photosynth.net/preview/view/0d022e87-8ee9-4275-b683-552774bb4301
Wall 2B: http://photosynth.net/preview/view/b8544bbb-33b5-4dc0-ac4c-9fc2030210cf
Transition Pano 2: http://photosynth.net/preview/view/c7616b30-131d-44ea-a10f-723a06525dcc
(Loop back to Wall 1A)
This exacerbates the need for a synth to be played through more than once to have the medium res shots loaded http://bit.ly/psftpload but could solve this: http://bit.ly/psf2waywalks
One thing that I was thinking when I started this thread that I didn't explicitly ask for above (though it's hinted at in Option 3) is also the ability to use a subset of a synth:
e.g. Use only a portion of a spin or stop on a specific image in a wall before transitioning to the first specified shot in the next synth (perhaps a pano).
This is a feature I use quite heavily in YouTube playlists when collecting the pertinent parts of multiple videos which answer someone's question and it is just as important here in order to get the nearest angle between two synths. In other words specifying that we need to stop Synth A at this image and start Synth B at this image for the most seamless playback for the tour/playlist which I am currently creating.
This is critical before Photosynth or Bing Maps provides any sort of spatial transition from their end, but still useful afterward.
As a reference a Google Photo Sphere Constellation https://www.google.com/maps/views/view/101388107725448550582/photo/1BAMfcQshQoAAAAGOuk0IA?gl=ca&heading=161&pitch=90&fovy=75
H Gregg had a related request "Putting cuts in a synth" here: http://bit.ly/psftpcuts which I think could be satisfied by this feature.
@NateLawrence - Thanks - yes thus might do it for me - if the transition on the linked syths was quick enough and your 'seamless' suggestion might fit the bill! I'm looking for quite rapid cuts ;-)