QuickTime VR Demystified provides information on creating QTVR panoramas without all the fancy hardware other folks would like you to think you need. The idea is to help you think outside the lines and make unique use of the QTVR tools of creation on a shoestring budget.


Basic Photographic Equipment

The basic photographic equipment needed to create QuickTime VR panoramas is covered. Both indoor and outdoor equipment is covered with an emphasis on outdoor panoramas as they are the simplest to create.


Accessories Made From Inexpensive Materials

Photographic accessories such as L-brackets and panheads are covered. Detailed construction plans are given, from how to create custom brackets from basic tools and supplies, to the creation of a pan head made from a compass and a bubble level.


Software Behind The Magic

The first category of QuickTime VR software is content authoring. The software and computing hardware required to create panoramas for QuickTime VR is described. The second category of software behind QuickTime VR is the QTVR 2.0 application programming interface. The QTVR 2.0 API is described by way of code examples showing novel playback engines which have localized sound playback, unique user interfaces for multinode panorama navigation, and more.


QuickTime VR - expensive equipment need not apply

Following the examples in the QuickTime VR manuals, and talking to "professionals", one might think it is a requirement to have a $2000 Nikon N90 with a $1500 15mm Nikon lens sitting atop a $600 tripod with an $800 click-stop pan head to even begin to think about creating QTVR content. This is not in fact the case, and here you will learn why.


Lessons Learned - thinking outside the lines

Comparisons between mathematical purity, the analog real world, and how the QTVR tools help to merge the two help to simplify QTVR content creation. Common questions are answered and conventional wisdom is challenged. A broad range of information is presented ranging from the differences between inside and outside panorama creation, to dealing with dark banding and vignetting inside your panorama, to choosing the right camera for the right situation.


Cameras: Digital or Traditional (with examples)

Compare and contrast examples of each medium are presented along with examples of a low quality video still camera, a medium quality digital camera, and several traditional 35mm cameras. Issues over release medium (CD, internet, and print), reviews of several digital cameras, and examples of how different lenses affect the field of view of a panorama are also discussed.


Tips and Techniques (with examples)

Presented are project runthroughs with examples of the results along with tips and techniques of underwater panorama creation, adding signature lines to your panoramas, and getting your images to dewarp correctly. Issues and examples relating to the number of exposures required for a panorama as well as the panorama size and quality settings are discussed.



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Links to other QuickTime VR related sites

A detailed description on the use of a monopod with QTVR
Apple Computer Public Mailing Lists for QuickTime & QuickTimeVR
QuickTime and QuickTimeVR from Apple Computer
The QuickTime Plug-in Sample Web Site
International QuickTime VR Association
Pointers to other QTVR related sites - DigiMedia
Sumware Pty Limited - Tools for QuickTime VR
VR Toolbox
QuickTime VR Utilities
Document Download: Getting Started With QuickTime VR
Joel Cannon's Home Page: QTVR Central
Ken Turkowski's QuickTimeVR Authoring Tricks
Mike Marinkovich 's HTML Hot Spot Generator for QTVR panos
Roundabout Logic, Inc.--Home of Nodester and Widgetizer
Pictureworks - makers of Spin Panorama pano creator
How To Shoot Good Panoramas
Digital Camera Guide
Digital Photography & Digital Camera Resource
Bogen (Manfrotto outside the US) - Makers of Tripods and lighting accessories
Kaidan QTVR camera mounting equipment
PeaceRiver QTVR camera mounting equipment
Tiffen Digital Camera Accessories
DC-Pro Digital Camera Accessories
The Guide to Panoramas and Panoramic Photography

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