Converting Images

After you have brought your images into Pano2VR, you can choose to convert them into a different format for faster loading with tiled TIFFs for gigapixel images and large projects, or to convert to a different image type, or even to convert the image to cube faces.


Convert a Single Panorama

  1. Import the image.
  2. In the Panorama Properties, click Convert Input to open the convert tool.
Convert Input in the Panorama Properties
Convert Input in the Panorama Properties
  1. Choose the type of format. If coverting to Cube Faces, see below.
  2. Choose the Format. If coverting to JPEG, define the Image Quality.
  3. If the image had patches added and they should be part of the conversion, then select Apply all patches.
  4. If leveling was applied, then select Apply Leveling.
  5. Rename the output file or change the destination output folder.
  6. Choose, Convert.

★ Click Save as Default to save the settings as they are so that every time the convert tool is opened, these settings will be applied.

Convert a Large Tour to Tiled TIFFS

When converting to TIFF, Pano2VR will convert to Tiled TIFFs (Pyramid TIFF). This is useful if you have a very large tour because converting your images to tiled TIFFs will help to load the images faster in Pano2VR. This will, however, increase the filesize.

There are a few ways to convert your project. You can use the convert input button or you can use a droplet to convert all the images before adding them to a Pano2VR project.

See: Working with Large Images and Projects.

Convert a Gigapixel Panorama

If you are importing a gigapixel panorama, you can convert the PSB to BigTIFF (.btf) for faster loading.

  1. Import the gigapixel panorama.
  2. Open Convert Input. The Convert Input tool is found in the Panorama Properties.
  3. Select the Type.
  4. For the Format, choose TIFF (.btf).
  5. If any patches are leveling were applied, these options will be made available. Select as necessary.
  6. Hit Convert.

Convert to Cube Faces

  1. Bring your images into Pano2VR.

  2. Select the image or images to be converted in the Tour Browser.

  3. In the Panorama Settings (in the Project Properties) click Convert Input.

  4. In the window that pops up, choose Cube Faces as the Type.

  5. Choose the naming convention for your cube faces in the Face Names menu.

  6. Determine your Cube Face size.

    This number is automatically generated and uses either width/4 or width/pi, depending on what is set in Pano2VR’s settings/preferences.

  7. Choose an output format. If you choose JPEG, enter the JPEG quality or use the slider.

  8. Change the filename and folder location in Output File if you wish. If you do not choose a new folder for the output, the files will automatically be added to the same folder as the source image.

    ✭ Tip: If you will be using the same format often, consider using Save as Default to save the current settings for the next conversion.

  9. Click Convert to convert and save the images which should look something like this:

From Cube Faces to Equirectangular

  1. Import any one of the cube faces into Pano2VR. Pano2VR will recognize the rest of the cube faces.
  2. In the Panorama Settings, click Convert Input.
  3. In the window that pops up, the type will be automatically selected. In this case, Equirectangular.
  4. Follow steps 6 through 8 from above.

See also