ESA recently released two amazing Philae Lander 360 degree panoramas from it’s already mind blowing mission – #CometLanding.
Yikes! Who knows me, is totally aware that I truly can’t withstand 360 degree circular panoramas (see here: 360 Degree Timelapse VR from ISS 😉 )
The Philae ones are obviously very special 360 degree panoramas. Below is the one with the superimposed lander…
So, hhm, if it’s a 360 degree panoramic, it should fit into a VR. Of course, these are not your average classic 360 x 180 circular panoramas, but let’s try… (who would mind a little bit distortion from a Lander riding a Comet!!)…
So, after some testing, I processed three different VR views which I’ve created from the Press Release Image. I called them “Top”, “Bottom” and a “Bottom Superimposed” VR View with the superimposed Lander for improved orientation.
I am not sure which of the VR’s works better or if at all, and I have no info if these original Images are theoretically 180 x 180 degree circulars, 230 x 180 or something completely different.
Viewed in Full screen such a VR looks like this…
And so now, here are the direct links to the Philae VR’s:
View 03 “Bottom Superimposed” (which I find the most usable one):
How is it done? Well, that is no rocket science, needs a couple processing steps and some exporting / importing of the original image… The software used and the steps done are as follows:
1) Lightroom 5 CC… Load the Panoramic Image and crop it 1:1. Export.
2) Import into Photoshop CC and use Flaming Pear’s Flexify Filter for superfast, supereasy equirectangular conversion/projection… (you could also do this with other image hosts of your choice). The equirectangular image projection is needed for the later VR projection. Now crop the projected image 2:1. Rotate 180 Degree for “Top” or “Bottom” view. Export. For viewing purposes I have increased the size of the image about double from it’s original dimensions.
3) Import the resulting Equirectangular.jpg to Pano2VR for creating the VR … Set the top and bottom limits of the VR and the preset rotating as well.
Zongg, Zapp, Kaboom! Now export the VR HTML5 to your website or watch locally…
I find that the crater wall get’s some nice depth in the VR view. The superimposed image looks very cool.