This one turned out a little better. I should have spent a little more time on the nadir though.
nice pano. It is a wonderful place for vocation. Did you build the hut yourself?
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Both panoramas need to be levelled in order to correct the sloping horizons. With nice clear views such as these, it is easy to correct them in PTGui with the optimizer, using either two t2 control points or one t2 and a row of t3 points. In the latter case you would need to have Panorama Tools installed and select the Panorama Tools optimizer, since PTGui's own optimizer does not support t3 points. Or, somewhat less accurately, you could just drag and rotate the image in the Panorama Editor window to align the horizon with the horizontal centre line. More details on levelling panoramas in PTGui at: http://www.johnhpanos.com/levtut.htm.
I really appreciate your input.
Do you know where I can go for more information on workflow, etc.
Some questions I have are:
1. What is the best size for the final panorama for "full screen" viewing.
2. What sharpening works best. I've been using unsharp mask 25%, 150 pixels, 0 levels. I've also experimented with 100%, 1 pixel, 0 levels
3. Is using RealViz to create the QTVR OK or are there better utilities for doing that conversion.
4. What is the most common viewer ? Right now I'm depending on Quicktime to be installed on the viewers computer.
I appreciate everyone's help. This seems like a great community.
Thanks again !
Q1. Around 6000x3000
Q2. 25%, 150 pixels, 0 levels is a bad setting for sharpening purposes - it affects contrast. There's no ideal setting. You need to observe the effects and make adjustments accordingly to avoid nasty artifacts like halos. Try Amount 70%, Radius 0.6, Threshold 0. See http://ronbigelow.com/articles/sharpen1/sharpen1.htm.
Q3. I haven't used Realviz to create QTVR but I imagine it produces perfectly adequate results. Pano2QTVR and Pano2VR are popular utilities for doing this.
Q4. Flash is now probably the most common viewer, but often gives the worst viewing experience. It's improving gradually. I think DevalVR is best, but that requires a tiny download of the DevalVR plugin. It's possible to use a script to interrogate the user's machine to find out which viewers are installed and then use one of those automatically. For simple web pages that is quite practical - see my page for an example of this (using the detectvr.js script from DevalVR web site): http://www.johnhpanos.com/sphericl.htm. Flash will probably win out in future.
Thanks so much for the quick and complete response.
It's greatly appreciated.