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Old February 13th, 2004, 12:28 PM   #1
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Camera combo for Quicktime VR

Hi,

my boss is very interested in purchasing a camera kit for
quicktime VR work.

One of the cool things he's seen was a guy who had a fish eye
lens on his still camera. From the nodel point he hanged a plumb bob.
This guy then had a mouse pad with a circle cut out of the center
and three lines that marked 0-120-240 degrees. He'd go into a place
and drop the mouse pad on the floor and have the plumb bob set the
nodel point in the middle of the circle. Take a pic at each mark
and voila, instant/simple VR of the room. Pretty cool.

Anyway, we want to get like a 4-6M pixel camera with a fish
eye lens that can do this kind of high quality work. The camera
this guy used is no longer made.

*Any suggestions* are most welcome.
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Old February 15th, 2004, 02:52 PM   #2
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If I remember correctly it's very important that the tripod mount
is directly centered correctly under CCD for it to work correctly
on a tripod.
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Old February 15th, 2004, 04:10 PM   #3
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Jacques, I would go to the Apple QT VR list archives and see what is the current hot cameras. I think Nikon may have several models that might work well.
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Old February 16th, 2004, 12:22 PM   #4
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Thanks guys!

Yes, for his "movable mouse pad rig" the guy had the plumb
bob hang directly below the CCD "plane".
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Old February 16th, 2004, 04:02 PM   #5
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I thought that the idea was to swing the lens about the front nodal point.

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Old February 16th, 2004, 04:12 PM   #6
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Yes, it is the front nodal point. Here is a page from the Apple Developer Connection outlining what is needed to make QuickTime VR Panoramas.
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