Redondo Beach, CA Panosphere


This is the first time I have flown my drone at the beach. I will be coming back again. The thirty-four individual pictures making up the panosphere used were not edited.

Click on image to view.

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A 3D Panorama Starting with a Video


In my last post, I outlined the steps to make a 3D panorama starting with a series of overlapping single image files. As pointed out in that post, it requires several steps after you have captured the images.

In this post, I link to a 3D panorama that started as a video that I shot while simply rotating my DJI Phantom through 360-degrees.

Shooting the video is much easier, because I do not have to worry about properly overlapping the images to be stitched. ICE handles that for me.

Of course the tradeoff is the quality or how closely you can zoom in when viewing the panorama is not as good as when the panorama is based on still images. That is because video files, even 4K videos, are no match for the still images produced by digital cameras, or even many smartphones.

Here is the link to the panorama.

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It is not nearly as sharp and clear as those produced from still images. My Phantom 2 only shots HD video. New models shoot full 4K video which would significantly improve the results.

Another 3D Aerial Panorama – How I did It


In my previous post, I linked to a 3D panorama I had shot from my DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone. In this post, I am linking to a video that demonstrates how I did it. It was a multi-step process, but producing the 3D panorama only uses a couple of free Microsoft programs, which are easy to use they way I did.

By the way, my example uses a sequence of six shots that I took from my Phantom, but they could have just as easily been shot from my hand-held camera. The YouTube video does not include audio annotation to show just how easy it is to create the 3D panorama. Click on the image below to watch the demo.

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The panorama was shot from above yet another huge soccer complex across the street from the Silverlakes Soccer Complex in Norco/Eastvale CA. Silverlakes can be seen towards the end of the video.

2-27-17: Please note, Microsoft has removed Photosynth, so the link referred to here is no longer valid. They have provided a Photosynth Viewer, as of right now, I not determined an effective method to link the viewer with my downloaded .pano files.

I am currently reviewing alternate ways to produce and display 3D or VR panoramas. Please stay tuned.

Click on the link below to see the final 3D panorama. Using the scroll wheel on the mouse, zoom in and pan around. There is a tremendous amount of detail captured in the photo.

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Please let me know in the comments below if you have used these two programs to produce your own 3D panoramas. How did they work for you? There are other programs available that can produce similar and often superior results. Have you used them?

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Recent 360-Degree Panorama From My Drone


2-27-17: Please note, Microsoft has removed Photosynth, so the link referred to here is no longer valid. They have provided a Photosynth Viewer, as of right now, I not determined an effective method to link the viewer with my downloaded .pano files.

I am currently reviewing alternate ways to produce and display 3D or VR panoramas. Please stay tuned.

The link below is to a recent 360-degree panorama I took from my DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone. There was several steps involved to produce the VR or 3D rendering of the image.

  1. I used the Litchi app to automatically take the single row of images making up the 360 degrees.
  2. Then each of the 6 images were edited in Photoshop CC 2015 to correct for DJI camera lens, and remove some haze.
  3. Microsoft’s Image Composition Editor, ICE was used to stitch the photos together.
  4. And finally, Microsoft’s Photosynth program was used to render the 3D view shown in the link.

The Litchi app controls the drone, and making panoramas, including spherical ones is one of its more basic capabilities. There are several other programs that can do the stitching and rendering, and are supposed to do an even better job of rendering the images.

I have just begun to explore the Litchi app, and producing panoramas. I’ll post other noteworthy results here in the future.

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Click on the above image to view the panorama.

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Avalon Harbor PhotoSynth


Last week I went to Catalina Island for the day. As expected I took a lot of photos. Among them was a seven-image sequence that I first stitched it into a panorama using Photoshop. The resulting file was 19524×4178 pixels or about a 81.5 megapixel image. If I were to print it at 300 dpi, it would be about 65 in. wide and13 in. high.

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So instead I used Microsoft’s free Image Composite Editor to stitch the seven images together and then their free Photosynth service to publish the image for exploring using your web browser.

Click on the link below, using the buttons at the bottom of the display to zoom in all of the way. Then drag your mouse around to explore the image.

The program ICE and Photosynth can do much more than my simple panorama. Click on the above links, open a free Photosynth account, download the ICE program, and make your own huge resolution image. There is even a Photosynth app for your  iPhone/iPad or other mobile device.

Share the link to your results in the comments below.

https://photosynth.net/embed.aspx?cid=bdac58b0-4d54-44e5-8bb2-cada7a24521c&delayLoad=true&slideShowPlaying=false

Microsoft’s ICE 2.0 Released


Microsoft recently released Version 2 of their Image Composite Editor produced by their Research Labs. It free and fun to play with.

Here is my first attempt at using this new version, which I uploaded to their Photosynth site for viewing. The file started with six photos I shot with my iPhone.

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Use the controls to zoom around the composite image.