QuickTime Output (Pano2VR)
The following will explain how to output a QuickTime VR movie. The general workflow for this is to adjust the QuickTime settings and then adjust the HTML settings for exporting an HTML file to add to your website. For a more complete tutorial, please check out the video below.
The First Steps
- Import your panorama.
- Set the Default View and Viewing Limits.
Adjust the QuickTime Settings
- In the Output section of the main project window, choose QuickTime as the Output Format from the menu and click, Add. This will open the settings window.
◊ NOTE: You could simply click OK here and keep the settings at their defaults. After the panorama has been outputted, you can return to these settings and make changes.
- Starting with the Tile Settings, enter the desired the cube face size or let Pano2VR set an optimal cube face size based on the default view and window size.
- Choose the JPEG quality from the Image Quality slider or dial it in.
- A quality setting of 90 is almost lossless, while a quality of 10 will very clearly show artifacts.
- If you like, you can adjust the quality of the individual tiles when you click on Tile Quality.
- Zenith and Nadir images, for example could be lowered if their information is not very important.
- Enter the number sub tiles each cube face should have.
- A good number to start with is 3, for a 3x3 tiling of the cube face.
- Next, in the Display section, define the size of the window in which the movie will play.
- Set the Motion and Static Quality.
- If you want a faster motion, you can keep this at Low. Remember, that this setting is a trade off between image quality and motion speed; the lower the quality the faster the movement.
- Adjust the settings for how the image will appear while it is being downloaded (see the details of these options here).
- Next, enable Auto Rotation if you like. Select Enable auto rotation to have the movie auto rotate once it is fully downloaded.
- Adjust the Pan Speed and Delay settings.
- If the default pan speed of 0.40º/frame is too fast for you, try a setting of 0.20º/frame.
- A negative number will reverse the direction of the rotation.
- In the Output section, choose Open to save the movie to a new location, or to simply check it is being saved where you like.
- If you choose to embed this movie into a webpage, move on to the next section that will guide you through the HTML settings.
Adjust the HTML Settings
Exporting an HTML file with the project is helpful in many ways; particularly for embedding your panorama on a website. You can later customize the template to your liking.
- In the QuickTime Output window, go the HTML tab and enable the HTML file by selecting, Enable HTML file. You choose from two templates: fullscreen or normal. Details can be found here.
- Next, in the Output section choose the format of the HTML page: either .html or .htm and then choose Open to save the HTML template.
◊ TIP: Save your HTML template in the same folder as your movie file.
- Finally, click OK to output the movie. Pano2VR will ask you if the output file should be created now. Click, Yes to output the movie, or No to return to the main project window and continue working.