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Panoramas for a Head Mounted Display

A Head Mounted Display (HMD) is a device that is worn on the head (and over the eyes) by the user to view (in our case) full spherical panoramas and videos. The images are displayed on two small displays that are viewed through lenses. Some HMDs use mobile devices as the display (i.e. Samsung Galaxy and iPhone). It’s a fun way to experience 360 images and video especially if they are in stereo.

This article will walk you through exporting both single and multi-node projects, plus stereoscopic panoramas.

Output for GearVR

  1. Load the panorama or tour.

  2. Add hotspots, patches, etc.

  3. Open the Transformation output.

  4. Choose Horizontal Strip (VR) as the Type.

  5. Enter the size of the strip.

  6. Generate the output.

  7. Add the strip to the Oculus app to view in Gear VR.

Single Node Mono Panorama

  1. Load the panorama.

  2. Add the HTML5 output.

  3. Expand the HTML panel and select HTML File if not already selected.

  4. Choose cardboard.ggt from the Template list in the HTML panel.

  5. Generate the output.

Single Node Stereo Panorama

Pano2VR Pro only

  1. Load the left panorama.

  2. Load the right panorama.

  3. Add the HTML5 output.

  4. Expand the HTML panel and select HTML File if not already selected.

  5. Choose cardboard.ggt the Template list in the HTML panel.

  6. Click the Edit Template button and select Nodes are stereo pairs.

  7. Generate the output.

Multi-Node Mono Panoramas

Pano2VR Pro only

  1. Load the panoramas.

  2. Link the nodes together using point hotspots.

  3. Add the HTML5 output.

  4. Choose the cardboard.ggsk skin from the Skins list.

  5. Expand the HTML panel and select HTML File if not already selected.

  6. Choose cardboard.ggt from the Template list.

  7. Generate the output.

On output, you will see a small cross in the center of the screen when looking through the HMD. Move your head and point this cross at a hotspot to switch nodes.

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Multi-Node Stereo Panoramas

Pano2VR Pro only

  1. Load your images and arrange them in the Tour Browser like so:

    Node 1, left image first then right image.

    Node 2, left image first then right image.

    Node 3, left image first then right image. And so on…

  2. Link the nodes together using point hotspots.

    You will need to link the left and right nodes separately. This is more easily done by turning on the Grid in the Viewer Settings.

    Link, node 1 left to to node 2 left. Link node 1 right to node 2 right.

    ✭ Tip: Shifting the right image’s point hotspot to the left by just over half the width of the point hotspot marker will bring the hotspot image more forward in the stereo output giving a more 3D effect. Caution: Overdoing the effect can make people feel ill.

  3. Add the HTML5 output.

  4. Choose the cardboard.ggsk skin from the Skins list.

  5. Expand the HTML panel and select HTML File if not already selected.

  6. Choose cardboard.ggt from the Template list.

  7. Click the Edit Template button and select, Nodes are stereo pairs.

  8. Generate the output.

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