What is a 360 panorama picture?
This sample panoramic picture has reached 360 degree field of view horizontally and 180 degree vertically, and we call this kind of panorama "360 spherical panorama".
360 panoramic picture covers 360 degree field of view of a place. When it is displayed as a flat image, it usually looks distorted.
When a panoramic picture has reached 360 degree in horizontal field of view, but less than 180 degree vertically, we call it "360 cylindrical panorama".
360 * 65 degree cylindrical panorama
How to stitch 360 panorama pictures?
Use Photo stitching software to stitch 360 degree panoramic pictures.
To create panoramic pictures covering 360 degree field of view with least number of photos, you may use: Digital camera + Fisheye lens + Pano Head + Tripod.
Digital camera with high resolution can offer great details of the panorama location. Fisheye lens offers greater field of view, for example, Sigma 8mm F4 EX DG Fisheye lens has a 180 degree angle of view. So, only 4 images are needed to cover 360 * 180 degree. The above spherical 360 picture was stitched from fisheye photos taken by Nikon D70 & Sigma 8mm Fisheye lens. Visit how to take fisheye photos page to get detailed instructions before shooting with your fisheye lens.
If you have no professional equipment for taking fisheye pictures, you may use standard digital camera to take continuous series of pictures and stitch with Panoweaver to get a 360 panoramic image like the above cylindrical one. To take normal digital pictures, a pano head and a tripod are also needed in order to get high quality 360 degree panoramic pictures. Visit how to take normal photos page to get detailed instructions before shooting with your camera.
To stitch fisheye photos or normal photos into 360 panoramic pictures using Panoweaver:
Open the fisheye photos or normal photos in Panoweaver and select a projection mode: spherical or cylindrical, and then click stitch. Then you will get a flat 360 degree panoramic image, and you may preview the panoramic image in immersive viewer. Finally save the panorama and export it in various immersive players.
What players can be used to display 360 panorama pictures?
There are many players that can play 360 panoramic pictures in immersive views, for example, Flash player, QuickTime player and Java player. With these 360 players, you can view the panoramic image in real 360 degree.
View panoramic pictures in various players at 360 panorama gallery.
How to publish 360 panorama pictures in various players?
Panorama players based on Java, QuickTime or Flash can all be used to view a 360 panoramic picture. To get these outputs, use photo stitch software Panoweaver to publish the panorama.
After you get a 360 panoramic image with Panoweaver, export the 360 panoramic picture to Easypano Virtual Tour Player (Java plugin needed), QuickTime VR (QuickTime plugin needed) and Flash VR (Flash player needed). Full screen display are supported for the three outputs. Besides the three formats, Panoweaver also supports standalone SWF panorama output.
Be sure to install relevant plugin. Right click on the 360 photo and choose full screen display in Flash and Java player.
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