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Making top quality panos

Is there any way Easypano can match the quality of what I've seen from those using Panotools? For example, the full screen panoramas seen on:

http://www.panoramas.dk/

I haven't seen any easypano panoramas that match that quality. Is it a matter of camera, technique or what?
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Thanks for mentioning our work.  The camera VRMag used in the shoot was the Fuji S2 Pro Digital.

If you'd like to view the Parma Project site and the Case Study article, the following url will open both of them:

http://vrm.vrway.com/projects/parma

We've just finished the second phase of the Parma Project, available at: 

http://vrm.vrway.com/projects/theaters/theaters.html 

 


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All the stitching programs will produce similar quality panoramas using the same images. I've used most of them incl panoweaver, panotools. Full screen panoramas just require larger file sizes (to avoid jpeg artifacts etc). Most Internet users don't have the patience to wait much more than 30 seconds for anything! For me Easypano can definately match the quality.


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This is true.  

Using our process described in other threads in this forum our final 3 shot stitched images are 3000 x 1500 pixels 72ppi and 12.9mb BMP's. 

These could be used on our website to display full screen images.. 

The visitor could click to view the panorama TODAY.. and come back TOMORROW to see the panorama.  But this is not very  practical.


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The visitor could click to view the panorama TODAY.. and come back TOMORROW to see the panorama

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Actually, the full-screen panoramas are NOT that big, surprisingly. Usually, they are no more than a couple of MB (admittedly largish) to well less than a MB (impressively small). The real secret behind them is the photography used to capture them. If you are using a mid-range digital camera, you would need to do a multi-row shoot to get that kind of resolution. A lot of these guys are making the high-res panos by shooting three or four fisheyes in the horizontal plane and sometimes zenith and nadir shots to patch in, but using FILM. Some of them shoot incredible panos from just four fisheyes on film, HANDHELD!! No tripod or even "PhiloPod". Needless to say, this requires a lot of skill. Then, there is a lot of know-how in translating the stitched pano into a VR of appropriate size and resolution to display well full-screen.

You could produce equally good panos from Panoweaver if you had equally good resolution shots, though you would have to do some extra work if you wanted to patch the zenith and nadir with extra shots. I wonder whether Seaman ever got anyone to send him some fisheyes shot on film (see highest thread on this forum)?

If anyone here has a film camera and 8mm fisheye, I wish they would make one for us to see!
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My panoweaver sized images are optimized to about 200K. That's bigger than I would like. What is the size of the larger images we are talking about?
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I think John is right. The author of the site uses a digital SLR camera with a fisheye lens. Only four handheld shots are needed for most panoramas. The final panorama is only about 2mb which IMHO is well worth the wait especially if one is warned ahead of time. He tells how to do it here:

http://www.panoramas.dk/d60/index.html

Granted, it isn't something you would want to use in all cases but they certainly are eye catchers. I just haven't seen anything matching the quality of those on his site. Has anyone here worked with Panotools?
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Oops. Simon said he worked with Panotools. How are they?
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If you want to see an example of high quuality panoramic, check out these guys, they have a brief as to their methods as well. Tremendous quality (as in definition) on the web,

http://vrm.vrway.com/vartist/VR_industry/PARMA_BAPTISTERY_AND_DUOMO_SHOOT_CASE_STUDY.html


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What kind of camera are these guys using? It's great work.