47863Re: [PanoToolsNG] Re: Google Art Project
- Feb 2, 2011When this thread was started with "Be prepared to be depressed" I started to
But Google has done something here that no others (or very few) have.
I find the navigation from spot to spot easily to follow.
With most panorama tours I am constantly getting lost. You click on an arrow
and you have no idea where you are anymore. With the small increments presented
with the Art Project, like with Google Street View, combined with the slide-zoom
to next frame, it is easy to navigate.
I do wish that Google would allow viewers to change from click and drag to click
and point navigation but that is another argument. But it does cause many miss
clicks switching nodes when I don't want to.
And there is an option to view it in 3D.
The Ladybug 3 is not the best quality for a multicamera pano setup but it is a
small professional self contained product that can be purchased easily with
Even a motorized pano head would be very time consuming shooting all these panos.
It is a shame that the quality of the panoramas do not show the same quality
that the individual images of the art work have. I am sure the Ladybug 3 is
capable of much better quality. But I don't have one. Maybe it was on video
mode and not image mode. Maybe if a motorized cart was moving it around instead
of a person and it paused at each shot to take the best quality image. If the
Ladybug 3 is capable of better quality you would think that as the photographer
moved from location to location the quality would get better.
There are parallax errors in the stitched images. That if there scripts were
calibrated again for close quarters of inside a gallery I am sure most would
Personally I really like the multi-spot tour in each room. It wont be long
until the spots disappear and viewer will be immersed into a room with full
navigation. Being able to walk to any spot. I forget the names of any software
that can already do this. But I am sure Google will be the first to mass
I do find that viewing galleries online do not require visiting room to room. A
gallery is more about the art work than the layout and architecture. But there
are many other places that navigating like this would be cool.
I find myself using Google Street View all the time when I look up any new
address. Having this kind of database of panoramas to look up nearly any
address is amazing.
Another company that has combined panorama and movement is NeuStep
The image quality is not much better. They used a single shot system that
eliminates the nadir and zenith. And the Observer is limited to follow the path
of the photographer. you can change paths but only where they cross.
Look at iWave has done with Ladybugs.
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