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Dear Experts:

Does anyone know a good tutorial site that has information AND fla files on creating a Virutal Reality Viewer in Flash MX? for both a panaroma picture and 3D object?

I looked at the one in flashkit.com, but when I tried to follow their instructions...  The VR viewer sort of worked but I was testing my movie my image wasn't wrapped I used MGI Photovista Panaroma and PanaVue ImageAssembler to do it.  If you don't understand what my problem is checkout my movie: (the image should be all the way around) but it's not HOW DO I FIX IT???

http://www.titan.manhattan.edu/intro_flash/626.swf
This is the link my movie is on...it's a movie of my room

Thanks a lot experts!!!
Sorry about the points that's all I have left...
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I am assuming these things based on viewing your SWF file:
You seem to have put your image in a movie clip and created a script that moves the picture left and right according to where the _xmouse is.
The reason it doesn't go all the way around is that the movie clip only goes left and right and it's only in our head that we think we are "looking around". But you can use this to your advantage by very simply adding another copy of image to the end of the original one and creating a script that in laymans terms goes a little something like this: if _x of my movieclip reaches a certain number (this is when the second copy of your movie clip is just where the first copy is in the very beginning), move the clip back to where we started from, creating a seemlingly endless row of pictures in your room which then again will seem like we are going around in circles...

There are probably many better ways of doing this, but this way is very quick and simple and doesn't require much scripting. I don't know how well I explained it, but without knowing your measurements I thought telling you in laymans terms would be the easiest to give you a good idea of what you are trying to attempt.

On another note, use Ulead COOL 360 for your stiching. The interface is proper pants, but the stiching is very good. I used to stich pictures for a living, so take my word for it. (http://www.instantoffices.co.uk, take a virtual tour...)

sina
london

ps. please let me know if you need more help on the script bit.
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I finished it thanks a lot!!! It was just an idea that I never thought of thanks for your "laymans terms" you can check the finished version!!!

Sincerely,
James

*ps...Good job on the site by the way if you did it - I am impressed how well Ulead 360 stitched that image of view of outside
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I'm just wondering if you have any tips for taking pictures to be STITCHED into a panaromic picture.  As you can see the pictures that I've stitched, you can clearly see where I stitched the pictures.  

I setup all the lighting I have on the site that I am taking the pictures of? and went around the room like that? Is there anyway I can better the quality of my panorama with better photo taking techniques?

Sincerely,
James Chen
JChentTITAN@hotmail.com
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Taking pictures for panoramic stiching is an art. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

- Use a tripod and make sure you can only rotate it one way
- Make sure the camera is level (not tilting up or down)
- Make sure the pictures you take overlap with about 20%
- Set the lighting level manually so it will be exactly the same for every picture
- Don't take pictuers of things up close

If you stick to those things you'll be fine. The picture from your room does not appear seamless because you have taken the picture from close up and by the way of the shape of the camera lens, images get distorted around the sides and therefor won't match up. I could go on, but I think you know what I am talking about.

good luck to you.

sina
london

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if I wanted to take pictures of indoors like a room or something how would you suggest setting up the lighting?

because if I just use a regular light the light bulb is yellow and taking the pictures without the flash of the camera makes the images YELLOW.  

Now do you mean I would have to retouch the color balance in Photoshop, because doesn't that take forever to play around with the levels and color balance to get every image perfect before you stitch it?
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Taking pictures with a digital camera offers the benefit of manually selecting the colour correction (on most higher-end cameras anyway), you should set it to the "Indoors" setting, thereby eliminating as much of the yellow lighting created by tungsten light sources. This has more or less the same effect as using a blue filter when shooting with a standard 35mm camera.

Even though your camera settings are correct, the colour might display slightly off, the easiest way of fixing this is to first stitch your pictures, THEN fix the colour using the Colour Balance and Levels functions in Photoshop. It takes a bit of practice, but once you get a hang of it, it is a skill that doesn't go away, much like bike riding. It actually gets a bit annoying, you start walking around town thinking "oh that picture needs a bit more magenta", "ai, so green!" and so on. Anyway, I am digressing.

When pictures turn out yellow, increase the blue and decrease the red and the green a little too. A good rule of thumb is to keep your eyes on a patch of white and make sure it stays white. Another quick way of fixing a lot of colour damage is to use the Levels White/Black colour pickers. There are three little symbols of eye dropping tools in the Layers dialog. Click on the white one, then click somewhere in your image that is supposed to be white, and do the same with the black one and click on somewhere that is supposed to be black and Photoshop will automatically correct the difference.


good luck.

sina
london

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