Unwrap 360 Degree Donut Shots With 0-360 Unwrapper
An excellent free program to unwrap 360 Degree Donut Shots photographed with a 0-360 Parabolic Mirror.
0-360 Unwrapper is a free program to unwrap 360 Degree Donut Shots created with the 0-360 parabolic mirror and may befreely downloaded from the . It is only available in English. Once downloaded you need to install it and after starting the main window will open looking as shown below :
Clicking on Add File(s) a dialog window opens to locate the image to be edited at its present location on the hard drive :
It is possible to select multiple files at the same time. In this case, all files will be edited with the same parameters, including the selection of the area to be edited from the complete picture :
For a better control over all the variables it is advisable to edit one image at a time :
By clicking Next we can see the open image and with a click the selection method of the donut area. Marking Automatic Selection center, the concentric circles limiting the inside and outside of the area will be deployed are placed automatically by the program :
Marking instead Manual Center Selection, or by clicking on the circles's edges we gain manual control over them, and it is possible to enlarge them, shrink them or drag them with the mouse or the arrow keys on your keyboard :
Clicking again the Next button the donut is remapped and we can see it for the first time :
As we can see on the example, the cutting of the donut has been done by its right end, so that the area located around its left end in the center of the deployed Cylindrical Panorama. In the example, the sea with the peeking sun is located in the center of the image and the city is cut in halves. It is up to the discretion of the photographer to go ahead with this image or to replan it. If we believe it is most appropriate that the city isn't cut, we can go back to restart by turning the source image. We'll start from the original photograph :
Using any image editor we can rotate it, in this case, 180 degrees:
Restarting the process with the inverted image we go back to where we had left it :
By displaying the image we check that we have achieved the city to be in the center of the Cylindrical Panorama and, at both sides, the sea has been splitted in halves. The image now looks better :
Clicking on Next again we can set the tones of the image. We can use the default settings, which are generally adequate, going directly to the next step. However, in many cases good results are obtained by moving the black point and white point from the image histogram. Simply drag the cursor horizontally to make them coincide with the ends of the diagram :
The next click brings us to the contrast options control. We can manipulate them by dragging the cursor or retain the initial default settings by going directly to the next step :
In this step we find the options to save the files to be created, divided into tabs. In the first General tab we can find four boxes marked with a thick, each corresponding to a format of a file to be created. If we select JPEG an image file in this format will be created which can be used both as a flat image or embedded into an interactive Java, Flash or IVR Virtual Tour. If we mark on Making QTVR a QuickTime Virtual Reality file is created in .MOV format corresponding to an interactive Virtual Tour to be inserted into web pages, which will require to work properly that the equipment running it must have a Quick Time plugin installed. If the box called Thumbnail is thicked a thumbnail image of the unwrapped donut will be created for its use as an icon. Thicking on HTML Page a webpage will be created embedding all the mentioned elements, which can be used as such or edited according to the wishes of the editor :
In the JPEG tab we can set advanced image options such as quality, the type of viewer used to preview the Virtual Tour, the dimensions of the window and the autorotation speed. While this tab is active we'll have a preview the of the interactive Virtual Tour created from the JPEG image :
Similarly, in the QTVR tab you can define some advanced parameters previous to the creation of the .mov file. In this case, while this tab is active, we will preview the Interactive .Mov Virtual Tour as it will be displayed once inserted into a webpage and viewed in a browser on a computer which has the corresponding QuickTime plugin installed :
In the Thumbnail tab you can define the options for creating the thumbnail image, its dimensions and the quality of the image. In the bottom of the window we have the thumbnail preview : p>
Finally one last click on the Next button creates all the requested files. The next screen shows a list of all created files with their locations on the hard disk. Clicking on any of these a preview of the file will be displayed in the bottom of the Unwrapper 0-360 program window.
This way, in a few seconds and with great ease we can turn multiple 360 degree donut shots just as they left the camera, into Cylindrical Panoramas, Virtual Tours, Thumbnails and Web pages. To view the Virtual Tour created on this page click here.
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360 Degree Interactive Panoramas
In Three Easy Steps
After reading this tutorial you'll be able to create your first 360 degree interactive photography with the camera you already have :
1 - Photograph
Take one or more pictures of the place you want to show.
2 - Edit
Convert your pictures into 360 degree panoramas.
3 - Publish
Make your panoramas interactive and available to the world on the internet.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a 360 degree interactive panorama is worth a thousand pictures...
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Check that with just one click from your camera and another click from your mouse it is possible to create a 360 degree interactive virtual tour out of nothing. And completely free of charge!!!
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