Providing an equirectangular JPEG (aka "spherical JPEG") as a high-quality source is now the preferred way of contributing to the WWP.
You only need to upload a single file, and we will automatically convert it to support both Flash and Quicktime panorama playback. This also ensures compatibility with future updates.
Guidelines for the JPEG image.
(See below for cylindrical panoramas)
- Set your panorama stitcher to output a spherical image in 2:1 aspect ratio, e.g. 8000x4000 pixels.
- Use a plain JPEG file for the upload.
- After you have uploaded the JPEG, please use the button "Configure flash display..." right under the "Upload" button. You can set the opening view, the thumbnail view and the upper and lower tilt limit there.
- The default opening and thumbnail view are centered on the panorama image.
- You only need to upload the JPEG image. We will build the flash player and quicktime files from this source, usually within 24 hours.
- The flash player currently has a limit of 8190x4095 pixels, which can not easily be overcome. If you upload a larger source image, you will not be able to preview it until the semi-automated conversion to small and fullscreen has completed. This is done off-site and may be delayed by several hours.
What about cylindrical panoramas?
- If your panorama is a cylinder and has no floor or ceiling, you only need to set the "type" to "Cylinder", and the Flash player will stop at the vertical borders of the image. In "Cylinder" mode, the vertical limits defined in the web interface will not take effect.
- The automated conversion does not create QTVR cylinders. Please provide the necessary quicktime files for small and large display, using the "optional QTVR upload", as outlined below.
I want to upload the QTVR files myself...
last updated: 2009-09-23, M.A.
- If you prefer (or need) to use your own Quicktime files (e.g. for object movies), then your files will take precedence over the auto-created versions.
- NOTE: The thumbnail will also be made from your custom QTVR file, not from the settings for the JPEG. Use the QTVR thumbnail picker to define the thumbnail view, if you uploaded a custom QTVR file.