360×180° Panorama Tutorial – Pt.3: Stitching in PTGui (1)

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Part 3. After shooting and developing the images, we will now stitch them together into the final 360×180° fully spherical panorama. To try it out for yourself, download the images from here: ge.tt ! This tutorial covers the images shot with the “Philopod pitch variation technique”. I’m just showing you my regular workflow in PTGui (www.ptgui.com) — the images I shot handheld (in the first tutorial video) turned out to be accurate enough so that there were no major problems. Using SmartBlend on the Mac wiki.panotools.org PanoGLView: sourceforge.net This is Part 3 in a whole series of tutorials: www.youtube.com Thanks for your interest and stay tuned! Florian PS: For those who need it, I also went through the trouble of adding subtitles to the videos… Click on the [CC] icon to enable them.

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Comments

OptGear says:

I used to shoot panos with such a kit lens on an APS-C. I finally build a robot ( not the lego one from my channel, that’s just a fun project, no nodal point set option! ) to do it. Automation allows for faster runtimes and makes HDR much more feasible.

elfloz says:

You can shoot panoramas with any lens, it’s just a question of how many images you will need to take. Check this excellent overview for a large number of shooting patterns: vrwave . com / panoramic-lens-database

gaboaaa23 says:

can i shoot this kind of pictures with a “normal” 18-55 Kit lens?
If yes, how many pictures do i have to shoot? And in what direction?

Greetings

kissouraces says:

great tutorials, you have given me a great start!

elfloz says:

Any combination works of course, and as you saw in part one, I used the Peleng fisheye, which is probably your cheapest option around . . .

kepler2020 says:

Great tutorials. In this tutorial you put in you’re camera/lens combination. Must these be a recognised “pair” for the software to work, or can a “cheaper/ add on fisheye work. Love the 360 panaramas but dont want to go to the expense of a nikon fisheye just yet. Great website by the way.

Guggle20 says:

I love his accent 🙂

elfloz says:

As I said in the first Tutorial, 4-6 are plenty, even with a crop sensor.

Pablo Contreras says:

Brilliant tutorials! Thanks for sharing so much. With an 8mm lens, how many shots should I take?

gtman2500 says:

well done it looks very good
and thanks for the help.
you make very good Tutorials

Telmo Costa says:

Hi, yes I have searched, I am using a mac, and the links I found some don’t work, others have missing link to the mirror, I’ll keep trying anyway 🙂

elfloz says:

Seriously mate, have you tried any of the common search engines? A download link pops up on the second hit. I can’t post the link here in the comments as YouTube doesn’t let you.

Telmo Costa says:

Hi, thanks for the tutorial, but I have tried to find the panoGLview unsuccessfully, can you tell us where to find the panoramic viewer?
Thanks

elfloz says:

Of course you can, but you’ll need about 30 or so shots to capture everything you need, which is hard without a panoramic tripod head. Better use an 8-10mm fisheye lens…

Chad Senga says:

Awesome tutorial, sir! Will try this one out myself ^_^ Is it possible to do this even on just a crop camera equipped with only the kit lens (18-35mm)?

sCiprianFilm says:

awesome thanks!

elfloz says:

Thanks for your kind words. There’s a fundamental difference between capturing and displaying a panorama. The “look” you refer to is just a question of the zoom setting (“focal length”) used at the time of *displaying* the panorama. The moment you are talking about shows the panorama with a very wide angle setting. Zoom in (in the viewer) and it’ll look what you mean by more “realistic”. Note that the way your (360×180) panorama looks does not depend on the lens used to *capture* it!

markomnen says:

Don’t missunderstand me, I think it was very nice tutorial, and when I looked at pano.ie I like your panoramas very much. I just wanted to say that it should be even better if it looks more 3d-realistic.
P.S. Sorry for bad english.

markomnen says:

Very nice tutorial, but “turning around” doesn’t look natural for me (ex. at 7:28). The distance to the “objects” is changed during “rotation” and it doesn’t look so natural (it doesn’t look like if it was made with a camcorder; but maybe I’m “asking to much”, maybe it is not possible to do it on a some easy way). Is it any way to do it more “realistic”? If I should use some telephoto lens (and, of course, with much more photos), do you think it shuld look more realistic (more 3d-ish)?

sogatt says:

Thank you! I’ll test this when i’m in the city tomorrow.

elfloz says:

You’ll need a good few more images, and definitely a panoramic tripod head. You’d be looking at two rows of 6 or 8 images each, shooting 30 degrees below and above the horizon. Then one or two images for the zenith, and possibly a few for tripod removal.

sogatt says:

Good tutorial but it’s hard to make those panoramas. I use a Nikon D300 together with a Sigma 10-20, how many pictures do you think I need and how make a proper panorama picture with this lens? Should I do as you did in the video but take several pictures of the ground and sky instead of one single picture?

Chasela511 says:

Thanks for such a quick reply! These tutorials are amazing. I hope you make some more for other things!

elfloz says:

Provided you have a full frame sensor, 6 around the horizontal (in portrait orientation of course), one up, one down. On a crop camera, much more than that.

Chasela511 says:

This are wonderful. If using a 15mm fisheye, how many pictures are usually needed?

davidismaname says:

and thanks very much for replying so soon

elfloz says:

Shooting: Maybe 10 minutes, stitching maybe a couple of hours, making the tour (including the lighting up of the doors and map) maybe 20 hours total? But’s that’s also because I did it for the first time, so should be a bit less than that now.

davidismaname says:

ok thanks and i was on your website and i saw that you made a tour of an apartment about how long would that of took?

elfloz says:

You’re basically talking about a virtual tour. For that, you’d need a “proper” panorama viewer (typically flash based, but KRPano also has a very well working JavaScript based viewer) and a lot of time for programming and figuring things out in order to connect the images. On the other hand, you could also look at 360cities . net, I think with a pro account you can make virtual tours using a convenient online interface…

davidismaname says:

i want to make a thing like google street view and was wondering if your could tell me how to put a tag on an image so i would be able to sort of jump from one image to another if you get me if you could tell me it would be great thanks, david

uokel says:

they have a version out for windows it works after i make the panaorma but it wont let me view it after i do the alining but check that out thanks

elfloz says:

PanoGLView is only for Macs. On windows, search for the FSPViewer for instance.

uokel says:

how do you get it to view using hugin it wont work for me :/ im on windows

elfloz says:

Have you tried Google? Third one down for me… (It’s part of Hugin, hosted on sourceforge)

sasqoq says:

Great tutorials, could you please tell me where to get PanoGLView. Thanks

elfloz says:

I use either QuickTime 7 (from inside PTGui) or PanoGLView, which is part of Hugin…

elfloz says:

@Photographysbest There are a bunch of tutorials about that on the web, here’s one for instance: wiki . panotools . org / Leveling_a_Finished_Panorama

redalert22 says:

what software did u use to view the panoramic? i have a mac also i just can’t view the panoramic after i export it…please name me the software. Thx.

earlcronin says:

Thanks for taking the time to put the videos together!

hughx1 says:

Great!!!


RyuMaster89 says:

Great tutorial. The others too. Its got me really interrested in making panoramas myself. Unfortunally I only got a Fujifilm S2000HD so i’ll have to see how far that gets me. Ans ti means its time to start saving again.

rbestfoto says:

@deevo101 German/Irish accent – very charming.

deevo101 says:

this is a pretty cool tutorial! also, what is your accent? great voice for tutorials haha. is it irish?

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