When you stitch digital panoramas each of the two sequences have to be joined so they match and have the correct disparity.
The View Magic PV4000 mirror can help you view over/under stereo pairs up to 4" high and as wide as desired.
Panoramas captured in 3D are created from at least two stereo pairs. One sequence of photos is stitched together for the left eye and the other for the right. Capturing these images, where alignment and overlap are critical, can be difficult.
Capturing Panoramas Automatically
With any Sony camera that supports 3D panorama sweep technology, capturing a 3D panorama is as easy as holding down the shutter button as you sweep the camera horizontally across a scene.
As you sweep across a scene the camera stitches multiple images together into a seamless panorama.
Capturing 3D Panoramas Manually.
To capture a 3D panorama manually use a panoramic tripod head and shoot the number of shots need to cover the scene. When you split the files, you merge the left images first and then the right images. Use manual settings for exposure, ISO, and white balance so images don't change from shot to shot.
The Panamatic head lets you level the camera and increment the camera rotation as you capture images to be stitched into a
panorama. Courtesy of www.lenspen.com
One company that makes software used to create 3D panoramas is Kolor. They publish the AutoPano line (www.autopano.net/en/
Viewing 3D Panoramas
Stereo panoramas can't be freeviewed but there are two ways to view them, both using glasses:
- To view a stereo panorama place one image above the other view them through a View Magic mirror stereoscope or KMQ prism stereoscope. The View Magic PV4000 over/under viewer is used to view prints up to 4" high, and as wide as desired. The View Magic PV 6x6 is used to view prints from 8 to 11 inches wide. However, it will work with any practical print size from 5x7 to 16x20, or even larger poster sizes. You view 8 inch wide prints from a distance of 1-2 feet and increase your distance for larger prints. The View Magic™ PV8x24 3-D Viewer is used to view over/under landscape prints from 8 to 12 inches tall.
- Display the pair on a computer using software such as StereoPhoto Maker and scroll them left and right.
- To view the images in something less than full color convert them to an anaglyph and view with red/cyan glasses.
The KMQ Over/Under Prism Viewer.