"How to" Guideline series is coordinated by Helen Mongan-Rallis of the Education Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions to improve these guidelines please me at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Guidelines developed by John Pederson July 2002. Revised by Helen Mongan-Rallis July 15, 2003 )
(Originally adapted from the Panorama Factory web site's "Step by Step Wizard")
Panorama Factory is a program
that enables you to create either panorama pictures (of up to 180 degrees) or
360 degree Quick Time Virtual Reality images. It is a very quick and easy program
to use and does not require advanced knowledge or skills in photography or graphic
image editing. Essentially the only skills you will need are (a) being able
to take basic pictures with a digital camera and (b) being able to follow the
step-by-step "wizard" within the program that walks you through how
to import your pictures.
[See examples created by UMD students: (a) Example of panoramic image (b) example of QTVR image. Other examples can be found on the Education Department Media Showcase web page - scroll to the section on panoramic and QTVR pictures]
The Panorama Factory software offers a free 30-day trial at their web site's at http://www.panoramafactory.com. [Note: As with all shareware, if you intend to use this in the future you should pay the small fee to the developers of the software].
Before you begin using the Panorama Factory software you will need to take photographs of the pictures that you wish to use for your panorama or your QTVR.
Tips about shooting panoramic images:
The new project Wizard helps you make a Panorama Factory project. It leads you step by step through the process of building a project. When the Wizard finishes, it leaves you with a complete project that you can save, print or modify as you wish. NOTE: The new project Wizard may be used only if your images are all the same size (if your images need to be trimmed before stitching (e.g. negative strips) you must use the Classic interface to make your panorama. If you need to do this, go to the Panorama Factory Help guide and read the step-by-step guide about Using the Classic interface). [Note: If you are going to create an image for the Internet or for display on a computer (as opposed to a printed copy), you should change the resolution of your images to 72 pixels per inch before you import them into Panorama Factory. The UMD Sony Mavicas all take photos at this resolution, so if you used one of those cameras you don't have to worry about this step].
Move your images from your camera to a new folder on your computer. All images must be located in the same folder.
Open the Panorama Factory
software...if the project wizard doesn't automatically start, choose "new
project wizard" from the "File" menu.
Wizard Step 1 -Import your images: Click on the "Import Your Images" button. When you do this the wizard will ask to locate where the images are on your computer --> navigate to the folder where you have saved them, open the folder, and select all the images that will make up the panorama (do this by holding down on the shift key and clicking on al of the pictures so that they are all selected --> then click the "open" button). This imports all of the images and adds them to the work area. They will show up in a photo gallery format in a window called "Panorama Factory." (Note: if you shot your pictures from left to right, you are set. If not, choose "reverse order"). In the Wizard window click on the "Next" button to take you to Step 2
Wizard Step 2 - Describe Your Camera:
Under the Camera type heading, from the drop-down menu select the type of camera you are using (for these guidelines this will be "Digital camera").
Select make and the model number of the camera from the drop down menus (example: mine is a Sony Mavica MVC-FD85).
Leave the "Automatically detect focal length" setting checked.
Click on the "Next" button.
Wizard Step 3 - Control Image Quality: Leave all the default settings as they are. Click on the "Next" button.
Wizard Step 4 - Select Panorama Type:
Under Output Format, since these guidelines are for making a panorama, select "Image file only." (Note: for making a QTVR image, you will follow very similar steps, but here you would select "QTVR). This will create flat panoramic image.
Select the button next to "Partial panorama."
Click on the "Next" button.
Wizard Step 5 - Create Your Panorama: Here you have the choice of preparing the image for Internet display (also use this for displaying on your computer monitor such as for a PowerPoint presentation) or for printing.
Selecting "for Internet display" allows you to control the final image size in pixels and enables you to automatically create a thumbnail image. Selecting "for printing" allows you to control the the final printed image size in inches or centimeters. For now, choose the "for Internet display" button
For now, leave the "maximum size" button selected (unless you want to specify the image width and height for the size of your web page).
Click on the "Next" button. Once you do this, the program wizard will begin working on building your panorama image. This will take a while (length of time depends on the size of the images you have imported, the options you have chosen, and the performance of your computer). As the wizard completes each step of building the image it will tell you what it is doing.
Wizard Step 6 - Save and Print Your Panorama: This step guides you through saving, viewing and printing the final panorama. The choices are:
Save final image: this gives you the opportunity to create a web page and add a thumbnail to an index page if you wish.
View in browser: this will open your browser so you can view the final image. This will only work if you selected "prepare image for Internet display" in the previous stage and if you have saved the final image.
Save project: this saves the panorama project file. This is useful to do if you want to open it later and make changes.
Printing your image ("page setup" lets you choose paper size, image orientation, and layout' "print preview" shows you what the image will look like when printed; "print" send the final image to the printer)
For now, select "Save final image" --> a dialog box will as you where you want to save the project and what you want to call it (it is best to create a new folder for the project so that the different parts of the project are all stored within this)
Next, in the Wizard, click on "Save final image" --> select destination and image name --> save.
Click the "Done" button --> your image will show on the screen with smaller images above that show the what the image looked like when it was stitched and cropped.
If you want to edit the image further, you can use the tools displayed at the top of the Panorama Factory window (see the Panorama Factory guide that accompanied the program when you downloaded it for more details on how to use these tools).
The steps for creating a 360 degree QTVR movie are similar to those described above under Using the New Project Wizard to create a Panorama.
To view your QTVR movie, locate it (wherever you saved it on your computer) and double click on it to open it. You will need to have Quick Time Viewer to view it (if you do not, you will need to download this from the Internet). Once the movie opens, place your cursor on the image and move it either to the left or right --> this enables you to move around the image (either from left to right or right to left, as well as up or down).
Here are some examples of QTVR movies created using Panorama Factory: NOTE: These are large files (over 2 MB) so they will take a while to download if you are viewing this page using a modem.
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