Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
|The panorama looks a little weird when viewed as a flattened rectangle|
There are a number of tricks and helpful tools - both hardware and software as well as an enthusiastic community willing to share hints and images.
Many different software options exist to help you stitch together the images and prepare them for display. I am using a commercial solution called Autopano by a company called, Kolor. It is based on another commercial system called krpano. However one can also achieve the same results using completely free open-source software like GIMP and Hugin - see this site for instructions.
I'm using the Kolor product thanks to a kind mini-grant from my work - the panorama creation is just the beginning. I will be teaching myself to use Kolor's Panotour Pro which is an authoring tool that allows one to turn one or a whole series of panoramas into a virtual tour complete with hotspots, text and image overlays and links as well as embedded audio and video. My next post will cover the creation of one of these tours - a prototype of the inside of a museum gallery.
Friday, April 06, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Monday, September 20, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Full Sized Zoomable Panorama available at Gigapan
This sandstone promontory in southern Connecticut resembles a giant resting on its back. Back in the day they used to quarry stone out of the top of its skull. If you look closely you can see the geological neurons...
Thursday, May 13, 2010
About a mile up the river from the Ona Beach State Park lies this emerald jewel of a valley. The State of Oregon has completed purchasing three different tracts of land that comprise this entire section of the valley and will be opening the Beaver Creek State Natural Area sometime this year.
Oregon Live story
OR State Parks profile
Friday, April 16, 2010
Monday, February 08, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Friday, November 27, 2009
We (I'm only a small part of a valiant team effort) have also been engaged in a development-on-a-shoestring game trying to add plug-ins necessary to handle our systems' specific needs. Most of this has been thoroughly detailed on the AT @ Yale blog by one of my hardworking co-conspirators. Shortly, although at this point I wouldn't bet a nickle on the exact date, we will present the rest of the staff with an as-finished-as-it's-gonna-get-for-now prototype version. Then begins the hard part of getting the thing to actually work in the real world with actual users! Oh the bugs and heretofore un-thought-of paradoxes that crawl through my dreams.
One of my other sidelines has been thinking and being minimally involved in digital preservation - particularly for AV materials. I find that the insane maze of formats, files and standards that one must thread to even begin to plan the migration of a video archive into digital for the purpose of preservation boggles the mind. It is also a good illustration of the problem legacy data presents in any collection management system. A reputation as a large and venerable institution is one sort of legacy, but it hides a legacy of another slightly less thrilling sort.