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Topic: Full 360 panorama

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d.ozerenskis (9 months ago)
Hello,

I want to create full panorama in this way:
http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=ba312796-2d70-408a-ab39-1862df08ef2d

But I only can make panorama like this:
http://photosynth.net/preview/view/1e0d63dc-a27e-4410-819d-a137a41727ad
or this:
http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=006380f9-e4e4-4731-b903-7d1c1f8ee95d

I want to embed panorama to my own website.

Thanks,
Domantas
NateLawrence (9 months ago)
Hello, Domantas, 

There are several options for uploading panoramas to Photosynth.net.
1: Microsoft ICE http://bit.ly/microsoftice (Good for using high resolution photos that you've already taken)
2: Adobe Photoshop plugin http://bit.ly/pstops (Good for manually retouching a pano before uploading)
3: Photosynth's mobile panorama app for Windows Phone and iOS http://bit.ly/photosynthforwinphone http://bit.ly/photosynthforios 
(Handy viewfinder but the current version only captures very low resolution input shots so is not the best choice for quality.)
4: The default 'Camera' app in Windows 8.1 also has a panorama shooting mode which uses the mobile apps' viewfinder, but uses the full Microsoft ICE stitching engine.
(I'm not sure if there's an easy option to upload to Photosynth.net.)

HTML embed code is available underneath every photosynth and panorama here on the old site or via the 'Share' icon in the lower left of the new Technical Preview website.
NateLawrence (9 months ago)
I did take the liberty of downloading your photos from your photosynth of the photos (the third link of yours above) and tried them in ICE and 96 of them stitched, but 20 of them were not able to be matched. This mainly happens toward the ceiling on the wall above the puzzle and backpack, where there is nothing for ICE to lock onto to match.

As you may have guessed by now, a photosynth's strength is tracking matched features in 3D where the camera sees the same things from multiple points of view, whereas a panorama's strength is tracking matched features in 2D where the camera sees everything from a single point of view.
NateLawrence (9 months ago)
Keeping the camera's lens stationary when shooting a panorama will help you reduce stitching errors in the panorama as well. This is because a stitched panorama lines things up in 2D, so foreground needs to line up the same way with background in all of your input shots for an excellent stitched panorama.

Here are a couple of people who explain it further: www.johnhpanos.com/epcalib.htm | http://bit.ly/howtopano

If you are going to get into shooting panoramas seriously, you will want to build or purchase a special tripod head built for capturing panoramas which will rotate your camera around the point in the camera's lens where light focuses.

Here is a home built one by H Gregg: http://photosynth.net/view/594fe251-31c4-4438-8496-c1f2a37dacd2
Commercially available options include: http://360precision.com/ http://nodalninja.com http://gigapan.com/cms/shop/store
d.ozerenskis (9 months ago)
Thank you very much for help. One more question: http://www.microsoft.com/web/solutions/photosynth.aspx

See the "Shoot Your Pictures" part on bottom of linked page. Is that inforation true (about taking pics fro different places) or should I take pics just from the center of the room?
NateLawrence (9 months ago)
Well it depends on whether you want to create panoramas or photosynths.

Those instructions that you linked to come from the Photosynth Photography Guide (original available from: photosynth.net/help.aspx#photosynthhelp ) and apply to shooting photos for original photosynths (to upload with the Photosynth desktop application - also known as 'Photosynth 1').
Example of a Photosynth 1 synth: http://bit.ly/blueridgehousesynth

The Photosynth 2014 Technical Preview (also known as 'Photosynth 2' or 'The new Photosynth') has four more limited synth structures: 
1: Spins photosynth.net/view/f33f237a-1b5d-4086-9642-5ad2617f718a
2: Walks photosynth.net/view/0d5cef2e-e415-41bf-9918-89901b61d000
3: Walls photosynth.net/view/c0bd91cd-a54e-4f9f-97df-71f457fdd68e
4: Pans photosynth.net/view/8170a962-9991-4561-b86d-5537a2173cdb

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If you're wanting to stitch a spherical panorama, however, then photos from a single place in the room is all that you need.
d.ozerenskis (9 months ago)
Thanks, that was really helpful.
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