30 New Cinepan Panoramas
I just posted 30 new Cinepan Panoramas on the Cinepan Flickr Group, many of which are full 360º panoramas. There are now 67 images, and I am working up to 100+ over the next couple weeks.
(above: Screenshot of Callaghan Valley, by Alejandro Mejia Greene, running in the Cinepan Player with the “stone” background)
Some Great New Panoramas, Rotating and Panning on the Desktop
Dubai Desert, by ‘StanislavL’
There are some great new additions to the Cinepan Player, such as the above image, a great picture of a desert in Dubai. It rotates on your desktop giving a VR feeling of immersion.
Koh Rong Samloem Island, Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
Another example of a great Cinepan Panorama. This one has a shallow angle, so it seems to ‘pan’ more than rotate (though the rotation factor is there). But, it was such a beautiful image, I couldn’t not include it!
(Rano Raraku, Easter Island, Aerial Kite Photography, by Pierre Lasage)
How to Download Cinepan Panoramas (and the Cinepan Player)
To download panoramas, simply go to the Cinepan Flickr Group Page, then download the jpegs into the Image Directory for the Cinepan Player (the Cinepan Player will tell you this directory – simply look in the lower-left).
Once placed into the directory, they will play in the Cinepan Player – the JPEG images have been modified to contain the information needed for the Cinepan Player (description, overall angle, horizon, etc.).
The Cinepan Player is free!
To download the Cinepan Player, which is free, just go to www.sagelighteditor.com/cinepanplayer and follow instructions, or click this link:
The Cinepan Player will install as a runnable program and as a screensaver, which you can set as the default. It comes with 6 sample panoramas, and you can download the rest from the Cinepan Flickr Page posted above.
The Cinepan Player is a free download, but needs support. Please think about donating.
Some Experimental Cinepan Panoramas
Space Shuttle Atlantis by rjcox
With this set, I experimented a little. I chose some non-typical panoramas that I think work well with the Cinepan Player.
The image above is a Cinepan Panorama of the Shuttle Atlantis, taken at the Kennedy Space Center. It’s short panorama, but the closeness and the angle give it a great rotational feel.
Dear Esther, a 360º VR Panorama, by Roland.
The above image is actually a set of 91 VR images stitched together from a program called ‘The Chinese Room’.
I didn’t realize it was a VR image for quite some time, until I researched the information to place in the Cinepan Player.
I removed it, but then I realized I just really liked it a lot. So I put it back in. It might be cheating, but on the other hand, it really came out great. Let me know what you think.
HDR Cinepan Images
HDR Grand Canyon. Another experimental image, and also another one that really grew on me as time went by.
Since the Cinepan Player is about the artistic presentation of panoramas moving on the desktop, HDR Panoramas really stand out and can be just great. This particular panorama has a nice, clean quality to it. It doesn’t look fake, by any means, and the color depth and contrast added by the HDR bring you into the image.
Callaghan Valley, by Alejandro Mejia Greene
The iPhone Connection
The idea of cameras creating Panoramas for us automatically (i.e. instead of the painstaking work of using stitching programs ourselves) came up on the discussion board.
One of the reasons I wrote the Cinepan Player is because taking great Panoramas is now also possible with cell phones, such as the iPhone.
The above image, Callaghan Valley by Alejandro Mejia Greene, is an example of an iPhone Panorama that came out as a great Cinepan Player-style panorama.
Another time-consuming set of Cinepan Panoramas, but definitely worth it. Each image was edited in Sagelight Image editor for contrast, noise, color, and so-forth.
The intention is always to stay true to the author’s intent and to adjust the images for better viewing. Also, some corrections on the horizons (they are almost never straight) and stitching artifacts are performed on a number of images.
I am setting up a website for the Cinepan Player, so I can split it out from Sagelight. I think the Cinepan Images are a great way to show now only what Sagelight can do, but how fast, as the actual editing typically doesn’t take very long when using things like the Smart Light, Light Blender, NR, etc.
Once I get the page up for the Cinepan Player, I will move back into Sagelight mode!
As before, I definitely want to thank the authors who allow their images to be used via Creative Commons Licensing – if you like their images, let them know!