Wow Jim that's a really nice job!
I have wished MANY times for an EASY tool to insert high-rez shots into a spherical fisheye pano. There really is no easy way that I know of.
I remember Aldo showing this off with Spi-V back in 2006 in Bath at the Panotools meeting....
I wonder if a GUI for Krpano could be made for doing this, as part of a tour builder?
--- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, Jim Watters <jwatters@...> wrote:
> I shot full 360X180 panorama first that stitched to 40k pixels wide.
> I then shot a higher resolution detail near the horizon.
> I stitched with PTGui and used Pano2VR to create the tiles and show the panorama.
> The challenge was the inserting the higher resolution images into the panorama.
> The panorama needed to be expanded to 231k pixels wide to match the high
> resolution images. I extracted a partial panorama to work with to lessen the
> stain on my computer.
> Then to make the tiles I first extracted cube faces and worked with them one at
> a time. I did not need the zenith nor nadir, thus I could lessen the memory
> requirements on the computer again.
> After the tiles for these faces were generated I deleted all the tiles that did
> not have any high resolution images detail.
> Generated 64512 tiles kept about 4700, or 7% of the tiles. This would have been
> a lot worse if I tiled the entire panorama instead of extracting the faces with
> high resolution information, and tiling them manually.
> I did this Just to show a single row of portrait images. But I like having the
> extra three levels of zoom without having to create a full panorama with the
> same resolution. It is more of an experiment that a work of art. The more I zoom
> in the more I wish I could zoom further.
> I like how the new resolution image appears as you zoom in. Like zooming down on
> Google Earth. I had my 72 stop disc in my pano head. For the high resolution
> shots I was trying to take four pictures for every stop. I did not rotate the
> camera precisely a couple times and have a couple gaps.
> This is my second attempt at shooting something like this in my first attempt I
> shot the high resolution first. then filled in the rest with the lower
> resolution. My irregular grid pattern and lots of blue sky made it very
> difficult to align the image in PTGui. So I reshot in a much more constrained
> manor. Every row having the same number of pictures.
> Processing the panorama into multilevel tiles this way I could process a 60k
> wide cube faces with 16GB of memory. But I don't know how often I want to do
> this. I was constantly waiting for one step to finish before continuing to the
> next. I spent 95% of my time for this project getting the ROI processed.
> Way back in the beginning PTViewer had the ability to display a higher
> resolution RIO. But this is the first time I really used it. Now I want to try
> to add even more detail in locations. I probably can not use a longer lens but I
> could move closer to the subject.
> Jim Watters