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QuickTime Output Settings (Pano2VR)

This is the documentation for Pano2VR 4. You can find the new documentation for Pano2VR 5 here.

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With Pano2VR you can convert your panoramic image into a QuickTime VR movie. To see how it is done, check out the tutorial.


Settings Tab[edit]

QuickTime output settings tab

Tile Settings[edit]

Cube Face Size: The size of the cube face, measured in pixels.

If, for example, you have an image that is 6000 pixels wide, each cube face will have a value of 1500 pixels (6000/4). To help output a smaller file size, however, you can lower the cube face size. For instance, a 6000 pixel wide image could be reduced to a 750 cube face size (6000/8).

Image Quality: The overall quality of the image as defined in JPEG images. 90% is the default value, lowering the value below 90 will decrease the quality of the outputted image.

Tile Quality: Here you can set the image quality of the individual cube faces plus the preview image. For example, the zenith and nadir images could be lowered further if their information is not critical.

Individual tile settings


Sub Tiles: Sub Tiles allows you to choose the amount of tiles for each cube face. These determine how the image is downloaded. A setting of 1, the default, means that the cube face will download all at once and not progressively. A setting of 3, however, will allow for a progressive download of the cube faces and perhaps allowing for a faster download.

3x3 Subtiles
1x1 Subtiles

Display[edit]

Window Size: Adjust the size of the display window of the QuickTime movie.

Motion Quality: Motion quality refers to the quality of the movie during movement. Its setting is always a trade-off between image quality and motion speed. The lower the quality the larger the possibility of visible aliasing but faster movement. There are six steps of quality with the lowest quality setting being, Min , while the highest quality setting is Lossless:

Static Quality: The quality of the movie when it is not in motion.

Download/Preview[edit]

The Download/Preview parameters box lets you choose the type of image that is seen when the movie is downloading.

Type: Choose how you want your movie to look like as it is downloading.

Resolution: How clear or unclear the movie will appear during downloading.

When the resolution is set to a ratio of 1:1, there will be no change in the image - it will be as clear as the original movie. A setting of 1:4, the default, will lower the resolution enough to make it obvious that this is only a preview of the movie due to the blurriness.

Download Order: You can choose in which order the movie will begin to download and therefore be visible during the preview.

Protection: Check this box to disable the ability for the user to save the movie to disk.

Auto Rotate[edit]

Enable auto-rotation: When this option is checked, the movie will begin to auto rotate once fully downloaded.

Pan Speed: Pan refers to the left and right movement of a camera motion. Here is it used to express how fast a movie will rotate, and in which direction it will rotate. A negative value will cause the movie to rotate from right to left, while a positive value will cause the movie to rotate from left to right.

The values are expressed as degrees per frame. A value of 0.40 (the default) refers to a speed of four tenths of a degree per frame.

Delay: Delay is how long the movie will stay static before rotating again after it has been manually moved with the mouse or keyboard.

The values here are expressed in seconds. The default value is a delay of 5 seconds.

Output[edit]

Output file: _out.mov is the default name for the output file. To change the default, choose Pano2VR > Preferences.

By default, the QuickTime movie will be saved to the same directory as the image. This can be changed by choosing, Open.

$n is a placeholder and will be replaced with the name of the image.

The HTML Tab[edit]

Use this tab to make a customizable HTML page to add to your website that includes not only your panoramic movie but also audio.

Watch a tutorial on creating an HTML page.

Information on the coding language used to create the HTML template can be found here.

HTML template: normal
HTML template: fullscreen

To be able to edit the HTML template parameters, you must select Enable Html File.

Template: Here you can choose a pre-loaded template (fullscreen.ggt or normal.ggt). The normal template will give you the ability to add table that shows the user data; whereas the fullscreen template will not and fill the browser page and include a close button.

Template Parameters[edit]

Text, Background Colors: Choose the color of your text and your page background.

Show QuickTime Controller: Select/Deselect this checkbox to show or hide QuickTime's VR controller.

Include Userdata Table (normal only): Select/Deselect this checkbox to show/hide a table that includes information added to the userdata section.

Table Border, Table Text, Table Background Colors: Use these color pickers to customize how your table.

Use DevalVR: Select/Deselect this checkbox to use the DevalVR browser plugin for viewing the panorama.

Embed Sound File: Choose Open to locate and choose your MP3 of choice.

Sound is embedded using the XSPF flash-based web application. Information about it can be found here.

Sound Title: The title of your audio (MP3) goes here.

Template Output[edit]

Format: Choose between the extensions, .html and .htm.

Output File: This field shows the output file name. The HTML file, as the default, will be saved to the same directory as your original image. You may change this by choosing Open.


See also[edit]

QuickTime Output (Pano2VR)

HTML Template