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How to reproject and crop a 360°x180° panorama?

Using Hugin Yes, since Google PhotoSphere panos are stored as equirectangular projections you can use Hugin to remap to other projections. Go into the Interface → Advanced (or Expert) mode. Click ...
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Do I "need" a panoramic head to shoot 360 panoramas?

Distance to the closest object Let's say the closest object from your lens is a chair at 50cm. The different shots will be very different regarding this chair. If the closest object is like 5m away ...
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How are 360° photos stored and processed?

How are 360° photos stored? Do they have a special file format or are they projected onto a regular png/jpeg? 360x180 panos are stored a number of different ways, but most commonly as a single image ...
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How are 360° photos stored and processed?

There are no finer details. Let us start from the beginning. A file You have a camera with a lens and the file stores what was projected on the sensor. You can change the lens, for example to a wide ...
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Minimum requirements to capture a "Street View"-like photo?

360x180 panos can be taken with a variety of gear, but they do get harder to take in certain situations. The first factor, obviously, is scene coverage. Either taking multiple shots or using ...
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Do I "need" a panoramic head to shoot 360 panoramas?

It depends on the scene you're trying to shoot, how you're trying to shoot it, and what kind of 360 panorama you're making. Coverage and parallax are two separate things, so, no you can't "fix" ...
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How do I make a perfect photosphere?

What you're running into, in terms of the places where the photos don't join up seamlessly, could be one of two issues. It could be that you missed covering that part of the scene (blank screen; no ...
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How do you explain to an inexperienced person how to take photos for you to make a panorama?

It sounds like you need to show them, not just babble at them. It might also help to have them do this once in a controlled situation (your office, their office, the lunchroom, etc) with you watching,...
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How do I turn 24 photos into a 360º panorama?

Hugin would be the open source software package of choice for this... if you'd shot the images correctly. See also: How are virtual tour photos taken? What are the best techniques to take 360° ...
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What is the role of cameraman/photographer in 360 video and photography?

What on earth makes you think you're not still composing, even if you're shooting 360º? You can make a sizable difference in the images you take simply by choosing a different vantage point. Both ...
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Minimum requirements to capture a "Street View"-like photo?

The Google Streetview images are taken with multiple cameras, simultaneously, and then stitched together as a panoramic. They talk all about it here, Street View. If you wanted to get a similar ...
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Are there true 360 degree cameras?

And here comes another 360/180 product: RICOH THETA - spherical panoramic photos, short videos, wi-fi control
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How can I edit equirectangular images?

ImageMagick can't do this—it doesn't do projection remapping. But there are a number of other tools that do. I'm pretty sure that Hugin or panoramas tools scripting or Gimp and Mathmap could ...
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How do I convert JPG to IPIX?

The main reason you aren't finding applications to translate into IPIX format is because a) it's a dead format, and b) proprietary viewers have been superseded by HTML5. It's a PITA to have to force ...
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Convert regular panoramic photo into google cardboard file

OK, after a LOT of googling I finally have an answer: First of all, I downloaded the facebook template for 360 degree photos, and added the (equirectangular!) spherical photo onto it, and 'saved as' ...
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Are there true 360 degree cameras?

Yes, there are a number of true 360 degree cameras that can do 1080 HD/30fps out on the market at the moment. With the advent of 360x180 content on Youtube and Facebook, there's been an explosion of ...
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Spherize a picture, bad perspective on the junction when projected

To get a good spherical view, you have to cover the entire sphere. Your panorama doesn't have 360° coverage in yaw--you didn't shoot the whole circle all the way around. Having a panorama that's 2:...
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How do you create a 360° virtual tour without a fisheye lens?

What you're missing is a lot of scene coverage. To get a 360ºx180º full spherical view, you have to cover the entire sphere. Without a fisheye lens, this is likely to mean multiple rows as well as a ...
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How do you explain to an inexperienced person how to take photos for you to make a panorama?

You need to take your photography hat off for a bit and put your training hat on. You've been to school - you know what's needed to successfully teach someone something. They need to understand ...
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How do you explain to an inexperienced person how to take photos for you to make a panorama?

As a professional technical writer, I tend to break things down into numbered step procedures, with as specific and unambiguous instructions as possible. However, whenever you think you've made ...
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How are virtual tour photos taken?

Phones that run android can do this. Simply download the Google Camera app and use the Google Photo Sphere function. Ideally one should do this on a real (system)camera that runs Android eg Samsung ...
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What are the best techniques to take 360° panoramas?

Here are the tips I've learned shooting 360°x180° equirectangular panos (full spherical view) for the past six or seven years. The Manual Mantra My mantra whenever I shoot a panorama is "manual ...
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What is the "best" photography tripod for taking panorama pictures?

If the pictures were not blurry, it's not the fault of the tripod that the stitching was uneven or looked crooked. All that a tripod does is lock the camera and lens in a fixed position. It will not ...
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Are there true 360 degree cameras?

I found a couple of alternatives by searching google with 360 camera. http://www.360.tv/ http://www.bublcam.com/
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How do I stitch a panorama to keep horizon without bumps while ignoring problems on nearby trees?

It's hard to tell, but it looks like in the stitched image your camera might have been aimed slightly above the horizon in at least 2 of the unstitched shots. By aiming up a little bit, the horizon at ...
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What software would appropriate for tonemapping a 5 gigapixel image?

It turns out I manged to find a way to tonemap this monster of an image. Theoretically this should work for any image size up to 300000x300000 (90GP), which is the maximum supported by Photoshop. Of ...
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What kind of files can I get out of a Ricoh Theta S?

No, you can't get the unstitched images. You get either a single 5376 x 2688 image (high resolution), or a single 2048 x 1024 (low resolution) JPEG image; both sizes have a spherical projection with a ...
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What metadata is necessary for Facebook to display a 360°×180° photo correctly?

Make sure that you have ProjectionType="cylindrical" rather than ProjectionType="equirectangular" in your EXIF. You must also specify the HFoV and VFoV (horizontal and vertical fields of view) for the ...
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Wrapping photos to an equirectangular projection in Hugin

You don't have sufficient scene coverage for an equirectangular. 360x180 coverage means you took enough photos and stitched to cover the entire sphere. If you didn't point your camera straight up and ...
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How do you avoid showing the tripod in 360º (spherical) panorama photography?

By "360 photography", I'm making the assumption that you want a spherical view (aka "photosphere"). The Panono 360 (https://www.panono.com) is a throwable camera taking a complete spherical image, ...
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