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2002-05-07
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Panoweaver Cubic and PTViewer

Hi,

I have run into a bit of a problem using Panoweaver Cubic and PTViewer together.

I have created a number of Cubic VRML's using Panoweaver and they won't play in PTViewer. If I link to the Panoweaver .mov file it tells me its loading the file but at about 50% it displays a solid red screen.

The Panoweaver .mov files play fine inside a QT Window or using the embed code as well as Panoapplet.

I have some other .mov files exported from IPIX Builder as QT Cubic movies, these play fine in PTViewer and QTVR.

I have tried opening the Panoweaver .mov files into Quicktime Pro and re-exporting them, but that doesn't work.

It's just strange that the IPIX will play in PTViewer but Panoweaver Cubic or movies exported from QTPro won't. What's in the IPIX QT that's not in the others?

I have put up some files at http://www.redsquare.com/vrml/ptviewer/

Does anyone have any tips that may help me solve the problem.

thanks,

Tony


Tony Redhead
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2002-05-16
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Hi,

I am glad to report that I have found a solution to my problem. Maybe not as elegant as one would like, but at least it works.

Here are the steps to create a .mov file from a stitch created in Panoweaver Cubic that will play in PTViewer and QT5. I'd like to preface this by saying that I am sure there is a simpler way of doing this. I would welcome anyone with more skill and knowledge in this area to let me know how.

On the PC.(I have a registered version for the PC not Macintosh so I only know that it works this way. I would be interested if someone could test the same on a Mac. Hey maybe the original .mov file output on a Mac may be fine and I wouldn't have to do all this.)

1.Load both hemispheres into Panoweaver Cubic, set the required parameters,select "Stitch two hemispheres". (The two hemispheres are transformed into a single image containing 6 faces arranged vertically)

2.Save the panorama file. I save it as .png because I predominately work in Fireworks but it can be any format.

3.Open it in an image editing program and save out each face as a separate file. I have a command, written for Fireworks that automatically creates the hotspots and exports the individual faces. (If anyone wants it it's available on the site mentioned in my previous posting.)

On the Mac.

4.Transfer the files (copy or network) to a Mac that has QT5Pro and QTVRMakeCubic application.

5.Drag the files onto the QTVRMakeCubic application and a .mov file will be created.

*Now here is the weird thing. This .mov file will now play in QT5 on Mac, QT5 on PC and in PTViewer. It looks fine in QT but in PTViewer the faces are not in the correct position.

6.To fix this open the .mov file into QT5Pro and "Save As". The new .mov file will now play properly in QT5 and PTViewer. (Doing a "Save As" from QT5Pro on a PC results in a file that gives the dreaded red screen in PTViewer)

Told you it was a little complicated :-\

Tony


Tony Redhead
Director
Red Square