View Full Version : How did they build this?-VERY FREAKIN COOL!

03-09-2003, 10:42 PM
I wondered if nayone knows how this panoramic scroller was built, I really want to build something similar, is it heavyily javascripted?


03-10-2003, 01:00 AM
i have no idea..but its pretty cool!

03-10-2003, 05:12 AM
Well, I can tell you a couple things about that...

It is made in Java. Essentially it is a sphere in 3d space with an image mapped to the inside of it.

The camera is quite an odd, but advanced contraption that takes a picture as a reflection on a half sphere of mirrored glass or something equally as reflective. It is done so it is possible to have one image that captures 180 degrees of space at once. With two pictures, it is possible to map an entire 360 degree field of view at once.

As far as how to go about making it, you've got me. I don't own the camera, and I'm not well-versed in Java enough to program it...

Here are a few links to look at.

Quicktime VR Authoring Tools (http://guide.apple.com/action.lasso?-database=macosguide&-layout=cgi_detail&-response=/ussearch/detail.html&prodkey=33499&-search)

Good luck.

03-10-2003, 09:49 AM
real cool. it's soo smooth when dragging with the mouse.
and i luv that you can look all the way down or up and turn around the axis, real cool.

i bet this guy (http://www.lecielestbleu.com) could do it in shockwave :)

03-10-2003, 05:30 PM
I would bet that its quicktime VR imported into flash.

Quite easy me thinks.

You stand in one spot and slowly turn taking pictures, then you connect them the best you can in P.S. and import it into quicktime. Then import the quicktime into Flash. The map on the side probably then just loadMovie()'s each seperate swf/ vr into place.

Nice though.

03-10-2003, 06:16 PM
Actually, it's Java as I said. Notice when it first loads up that it's importing jar files... Yeah, I'm sure you can do it in Shockwave, although, I've never used it. As far as flash is concerned... You probably would never be able to make that effect as good as it is in Java or Flash. Simply because you'd need to many images that are stitched together on the fly in Flash to ever be able to reproduce a decent perspective and field of view. I'd be interested to see someone try.

Good luck.

03-11-2003, 07:25 PM
Yes it's nice!
Similar with WRML!!!

Hey JoElAtHaN , like annexion said it's not Flash!!!

03-11-2003, 08:29 PM
Right....... Sorry chief.

My mistake, I thought this was a flash forum.

03-12-2003, 10:18 AM
Oh yeah, lecielestbleu, that's a nice site, Tost :) I think it deserves it's own thread :cool:

Plus they're French...

03-12-2003, 11:19 AM
they're french? "he's belgian" would be better ;)
Fréderic Durieux is the man who does this stuff, he lives in Brussels.
hey you're right, it does deserve its own thread, searched for it but it doesn't appear to be posted ever. Will you do that, pom? and put those lovely dashes around it please? :D :D

03-12-2003, 03:04 PM
Yes this is java. For some reason Ipix has a patent on doing vrs with 2 180 degree images stiched to make a 360.
The way to get around this for commercial use is to use 1 360 shot with a lens like this

But if you want to do this do it with QTVR and flash heres a turorial

The suppport for java VR is pretty spotty. And the shockwave is not well implemented and requires high level lingo.

03-12-2003, 03:28 PM
This is made using IPIX photography, been around for ages, not a particularly new technology and Im surprised with all the worldly experience on this forum that none of you knew that.
Shot with a fisheye lens, capturing full 180x180 with each shot then stitched together with the IPIX software.
The seperate shots can be retouched and manipulated in Photoshop ( sometimes have to be due to lighting problems of shooting a full 360x360 ).
There is no need for any java, DHTML or Flash actionscript, just that an IPIX plug-in is installed on the system, and I believe there are even ways of getting around that as well.
I believe the URL is http://www.ipix.com
Also check out this site for IPIX, he's been doing it for years

03-12-2003, 03:37 PM
Awfully sorry, Tost, I was deceived by the *beautiful* language they used for their name :D

And I've just posted it, with the regular dashes and everything... :rolleyes:

01-23-2005, 07:44 PM
Yes - it can be accomplished fairly easily (creating the 360 photo). Here's how we do it for our clients:


Here's what it looks like in an application we developed that is a QTVR simulator completely in flash:


01-25-2005, 07:28 AM
yup as tiran says, it can be easly done with your digital/handycam from within flash

01-25-2005, 09:44 AM
For some reason Ipix has a patent on doing vrs with 2 180 degree images stiched to make a 360.

:rolleyes: GAH i HATE patents. People have them for such implicit knowledge and its just retarded. Im going to file a patent for "the process by which a human being may move his/her body by way of moving his/her legs." How ya like me now? :mad:

01-25-2005, 02:47 PM
I still like you, but I'm going to move to a country where that patent doesn't apply...I don't want to pay royalties on walking : (

01-25-2005, 04:11 PM
yup but java display a very different output. makes it more appealing because of the fish eye and the additional up, down, left and right scrolling, far more realistic to me than the flash pano. i dont think it is possible in flash, well i hope someone can do it...


check it out, do you think its java too???

01-26-2005, 05:55 AM
this is not java or flash

03-02-2005, 03:24 PM