The trick with a cylindrical panorama is to
have the WIDTH divisible by 4! If GoCubic does nothing once you click
to make a movie, it means your image is not EXACTLY divisible by 4. I came up with 7000 pixels wide, because my
first panorama was made from screen size renders in ArtMatic Voyager, and when I tried that same size in Vue, it
was plenty large enough. CRITICALLY IMPORTANT!! MAKE SURE YOUR PANORAMIC DEGREES ARE
ALWAYS A FULL 360 DEGREES!! By accident in going back and forth, my slider slipped and I could not figure
out why I had a SEAM in my finished movie. The great thing about vue's panoramic render, is that at 360 there is
NO SEAM TO POST FIX!!! You can spend the time in post adding things, or doing normal post, knowing your
seam (the far ends of your image) will match, but DO NOT put any objects right on the edges of your ends
in post work! It is perfectly fine to have an animal or object split in half by Vue, it will meet perfectly. Just do
not add any objects in post on the ends or you may have a seam. That includes clouds, fog, light rays!!!
I found by trial and error it was better to set the camera by Edit Object for the initial pan check box
and 360- I think when I tried to use the main Render Settings is when it somehow lost the full 360.
SAVE YOUR IMAGE
At this point, if you do not want to do any post work, you are ready to use GoCubic.
At the very least I would advise re-saving your vue bmp (or whatever a MAC saves at) as a
tif just in case, and then from there as a jpg. I have never used any other format OUT OF VUE.
If you want to do post,
then go to your favorite paint program and have fun! BE SURE TO SAVE YOUR FINAL PAN IMAGE
AT THE HIGHEST QUALITY JPG IN YOUR PAINT PROGRAM. My final image tif was 18 MB, but that
is not a problem, to then save at the highest quality jpg for movie making! At the settings I show you, you can
create about a 2 1/2 MB size movie that can be viewed almost full screen!!
Render times: I can only report the time it took with MY settings... I used the default FINAL for one of my pans
set in vue, with terrains, plants, & some critters that went for about an hour, and was fine for the type of materials.
I did use my own user settings for my underwater pan, because I wanted a better quality for water. That render
took about 2+ hours or so. I did not time it exactly, I went to eat dinner! :)
I personally will not tie up my machine for long enough to find out how a very high quality vue render will stand up to close up views. The images out of ArtMatic Voyager (screen size render) come out VERY WELL for very close up viewing. That, I think, is because Voyager is a very different kind of software! I liken it's image output to the kind that came out of old fashioned (no pixels) cameras - smooth!! More on Voyager panoramic creations at the end of this tutorial.
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