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Animated Interactive Panorama?
show user profile  lizinthesky
Has anyone ever come across something like this, or better still, a means of making it:
You'll notice the water is animated, on just a short loop. I think though, that this site is out of date and although I've sent them an email, it hasn't been updated since 2001 so I won't be able to use their application.

I imagine the images are very easy to create if you have a looping animaed scene in max, and render each frame out at each angle.

What I need though, is a piece of software, or a flash tutorial for dummies or something, as to how to construct this? My boyfriend has offered to try to build something in a programming environment called pure data, if I cannot find a pre-made or simple alternative, but I'd rather do it myself.

Any ideas?

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4/22/2008 4:15:29 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 4:15:29 PM)
show user profile  Sypher-5
Thats a java applet, you'd need a programmer to code it :)
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4/22/2008 4:37:37 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 4:37:37 PM)
show user profile  VKotek
Quicktime has Panorama.

Max should be able to render it as well.
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4/22/2008 4:38:10 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 4:38:10 PM)
show user profile  lizinthesky
I don't think quicktime can do the animation... can it?!

To build it in java, yes I'd need a programmer, and thats what my boyfreind has offered to do essentially with puredata, but he's quite busy. I was hoping there was a piece of software, or something with flash. I havent been able to find any tutorials though. I just wondered if anyone else had ;)
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4/22/2008 4:47:34 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 4:47:34 PM)
show user profile  Sypher-5
I hear there's a 3d web browser,....

Sorry, just had to drop that one in.
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4/22/2008 5:14:16 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 5:14:16 PM)
show user profile  [P]aradox
That animation is a java effect. It's not a rendered loop. Notice that everything is badly comped together - that's because the foreground is a gif with transparency laid over the background, which is animated with some kind of ripple effect.

To do this as a 'true' panorama, you're looking at massive file sizes, as far as the web is concerned. A five second loop would mean 150 frames, multiply that by (for example) one set per degree out of °360 and you're looking at half an hour of footage in total.

The software would also be a bit tricky, because it would have to sync the animation smoothly as you move the pano.
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4/22/2008 5:39:28 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 5:39:44 PM)
show user profile  lizinthesky
I'm not really looking for a web based thing, although it would be nice, it would be with the aim of playing locally on a machine. Its axtually for an exhibition. Just an idea at the moment.

I found a different example, this one is done in flash:
Warning: takes a while to load, and is rather garish and strobing, but it is an animated panorama.

I have no idea how its made, but it is very likely a huge amount of actionscript... oh well :(
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4/22/2008 5:51:31 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 5:51:31 PM)
show user profile  horizon
Well if it has a dedicated pc at the exhibition, filesize or format is not the issue at all, you just need to do it in some way.

Frame by frame render all around and put together should be really simple in flash or java or similar. I wouldn't know the syntax for either, but it just needs to get mouse coordinates and set the movie speed accordingly (from the middle to right going forwards and left backwards)

One other way would be a 3d engine, depending on how complex your scene is

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4/22/2008 6:05:31 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 6:05:31 PM)
show user profile  Toen
That sounds like a job for Papervision3D (open source 3d engine for flash). Papervision3D can import the COLLADA file format. 3ds Max can export models in that format.

That flash link, I think that was done with papervision3d as well.
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4/22/2008 6:13:22 PM (last edit: 4/22/2008 6:17:46 PM)
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