Flash VR panoramas are normally used to show a virtual environment in 360 degree field of view, with the viewer feeling like standing inside the virtual place and looking out from the center of the location. To create Flash VR panoramas, you need to shoot panoramas first, and export the panorama to Flash VR which is based on the cross platform Adobe Flash Player to play 360 degree panoramic photos.
What is Flash and why do we use Flash player?
Adobe Flash (previously called Macromedia Flash) is a multimedia platform created by Macromedia and currently developed and distributed by Adobe Systems. Since its introduction in 1996, Flash has become a popular method for adding animation and interactivity to web pages; Flash is commonly used to create animation, advertisements, and various web page components, to integrate video into web pages, and more recently, to develop rich Internet applications.
Java or Quicktime player all has its own advantages, but as we all know, Java or Quicktime player is hard to use on the web. On the contrary, Flash player is enough popular to be the panorama online player. Almost every computer has the Flash player, and we need not have to worry about the surfers can not see the panorama.
How to get Flash panorama?
If you've already got 360 degree panorama images for publishing in Flash viewer, it is quite easy to publish panorama tours as long as you get Panorama2Flash. Just as the name implies, Panorama2Flash converts panoramas to Flash format tours.
To publish with Panorama2Flash
Panorama types supported:
You even don't need to open Panorama2Flash, just select A Group of panoramas and right click, choose Publish with Panorama2Flash and the software launches automatically and completes the Flash panoramas in minutes. Html pages are also generated for easily posting the panorama tours to websites. For those who need to publish many panorama tours, Panorama2Flash is perhaps the best choice!
Can I stitch panorama photos and output Flash panorama within one program?
Absolutely sure! For those who don't get panorama stitching software, but would like to get Flash panoramas in an effecient way, we recommend Panoweaver. With Panoweaver, you can stitch 360 degree panoramas automatically and then publish the panoramas to full screen Flash viewer.
Panoweaver supports stitching spherical 360 panoramas from circular, drum, and full frame types of fisheye photos, and also cylindrical panoramas from standard digital photos.
For detailed panorama photography tips, refer to: Panoweaver Panorama Photography
How to embed Flash panorama to websites?
Generally speaking, there are two ways.
One is, using <iframe></iframe> to embed the Flash panorama directly to the webpage. The panorama tour published by Panoweaver and Panorama2Flash contains several files and the "xxx.html" page starts the tour. So after uploading all the published tour files to the server, just insert this code on the webpage you want to play the panorama tour when the webpage loads:
<iframe src="/gallery/flashsample3/pano3.html" frameborder="0" width="480" height="360"> </iframe>
The following panorama tour is what you get using the above solution.
The other way is to trigger the panorama tour starting page using image links or text links. Like this example:
Click here to view Flash panorama published by Panorama2Flash
Download Panorama Software
The trial versions of panorama software Panoweaver and Panorama2Flash are free and unlimited unless the panoramic image will be watermarked. You are welcome to download them at Easypano download center.