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Animating a Tour

The Animation Editor allows you to create self-playing panoramas. You can animate the pan, tilt and field of view and then export the project as a movie file that you either upload directly to YouTube, import to your NLE (video editor) for further editing, or simply use the animation for a custom auto rotation control within the Pano2VR player.

  1. Open the Animation Editor by doing one of the following:

    • Go to Tools and choose Animation.

    • Click on the Animation button in the Toolbar.

  2. Add a clip by clicking the New clip button in the Clips section.

    1. In the dialog that pops up, give the clip a Title.

    2. Select a panorama from the Panorama menu.

    3. Click, OK. You’ll then see the clip listed in the Clips section.

    Clips can be rearranged by dragging the handles to the left. The clips will play in the order they are listed here from the top down.

  3. Choose a frame overlay. Right-click in the editor and choose your desired overlay.

    If you know that you will be outputting a movie with a frame size of 1280x720, then you would choose the 16:9 overlay.

  4. Start animating! With the first clip selected, rotate the panorama to where you want the panorama to move.

  5. Add keyframes using the Magic Keyframe feature. Click the star to add the magic keyframes.

    The magic keyframe feature allows you to add evenly timed (constant speed) keyframes. The default speed is 10 degrees per second. You can change to any value.

  6. Rotate the panorama again.

  7. Add another magic keyframe.

  8. Play it back to see if it’s what you want and edit the keyframes as necessary.

  9. Continue to animate in this manner for the rest of the images in the tour.

  10. When finished editing, close the Animation Editor. Your changes will be saved when you save the project.

  11. Output the video or the frames. (FFmpeg must be installed.)

Output a Video File

FFmpeg must be installed.

  1. Open the Output panel.

  2. Add an Animation output by clicking the Add Output button.

  3. Add transitions by going to the Transitions panel.

  4. Open the Animation panel. Here you have a few output choices: Video and Frames.

  5. In the Video section, enter a video resolution.

    If you used a 16:9 overlay in step 3, then your resolution would be something like 1280x720 or 1920x1080.

  6. Enter a frame rate.

    ✭ Tip: A higher frame rate will result in smoother playback.

  7. Select Generate video file.

  8. If you won’t need the frames, select Delete frame files after video creation.

  9. Output it! Click the Generate output button.

  10. Choose, All Frames to render a single video that contains all clips or choose Clip and select a single clip to output.

  11. Click Render.

Output frames

  1. Open the Output panel.

  2. Add an Animation output by clicking the Add Output button.

  3. In the Frames section, choose the file format of the frames. If you choose JPEG, define the quality.

  4. Edit the filename if needed. The image sequence number will be appended to the file’s base name.

  5. Output the frames by clicking the Generate output button.

  6. Choose, All Frames to render a single video that contains all clips or choose Clip and select a single clip to output.

  7. Click Render.


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