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precedia
01-03-2017, 02:22 PM
This tutorial (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/jyozl) describes how to create a spherie--also called a photo sphere--in LightWave 3D that is compatible with Google, Facebook, Flikr, Samsung VR, and many other 360 capable applications.

This tutorial was created for the benefit of LightWave 3D artists. It simply collects and organizes in one document information available on the web. No commercial software is required other than LightWave 3D.

Please take the Spore Coliseum Spherie generated from this tutorial for a "spin" here:

Spore Coliseum Spherie on Google Photos (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/wwklg)
Spore Coliseum Spherie on Facebook (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/lxlxe)
Spore Coliseum Spherie on Flikr (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/xjfoq)


Pan up to see the flying Spores. Pan down to see the NewTek logo.

The Spore Coliseum tutorial LightWave scene files are here (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/qpwkf) (282MB).

Maybe one day NewTek will host a "Spherie Gallery" in addition to the standard Gallery so that from a web browser or with some VR googles strapped on we can all take an inside look at the incredible artwork people post here.

Enjoy,
Daniel
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precedia
01-03-2017, 03:51 PM
Here is a spherie of a Tri-Axial Tourbillon (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/eoiub) I modeled and rendered in LightWave. The spherie was generated using the techniques in the tutorial.

The Tourbillon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourbillon) was created for the custom watch face I was designing/creating for my LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/vidyu) smart watch. I always wanted a Tourbillon watch but couldn't afford their $200,000 US plus price tag, so a virtual one was the next best.

This tri-axial tourbillon was created by analyzing this Girard-Perregaux (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G-fNmlP4kw) advertisement.

My LightWave toubillon is animated just like in the Girard-Perregaux video.

Daniel

precedia
01-03-2017, 04:14 PM
Here are some spheries of my early and experimental Codex Posterus (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/sepiu) work. These spheries were created using the techniques in the tutorial.

The images are some of my early experiments in animated illumination and animated illustration in three dimensions entitled “Codex Posterus” (Book of the Future).

Some experimental videos are here (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/dsrxb) and here (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/usccg) (well before I could create spherie videos; you probably see where this is heading...).

Daniel

bobakabob
01-03-2017, 04:47 PM
This looks fantastic... Very generous of you to share, and very helpful info about adding the metadata to jpegs.

precedia
01-04-2017, 08:52 PM
As a demonstration of the spherie tutorial, here is a spherie of the BenchmarkMarbles scene that ships with the LightWave 2015 Content (Update 2):


BenchmarkMarbles on Google Photos (https://goo.gl/photos/Ts8VAdsXQTay3ZiRA)
BenchmarkMarbles on Facebook (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/bhxqj)
BenchmarkMarbles on Flikr (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/kxmlo)


I am not sure if I am allowed to redistribute the BenchmarkMarbles scene, but all I did was change the camera as shown in the attached image, hit render, and applied the metadata to the JPEG as outlined in the tutorial. Oh, I did clone a couple of marbles, moved the camera to the center, and reduced the maximum samples so it didn't take so long to render the 7776x3888 image.

Looking through the Gallery, it would be awesome if artists created spheries of their work so we could look at them from the inside (via a browser or with my VR headset). In a subsequent post I will highlight some of my favorites from the Gallery and maybe create a few more spherie examples.

Daniel

precedia
01-05-2017, 11:19 AM
A spherie of the Starship scene that ships with the LightWave 2015 content.


Starship spherie on Google Photos (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/kilse)
Starship spherie on Facebook (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/egght)
Starship spherie on Flikr (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/lnqdo)


Daniel

precedia
01-05-2017, 03:03 PM
A spherie of Gusteau's Kitchen from Pixar's Ratatouille. I converted this scene to LightWave subpatch objects from the original CGTalk Lighting Challenge #29: Pixar Tribute: Gusteau's Kitchen (Ratatouille). The scene is not textured or properly lit. I enabled render lines.


Spherie of Gusteau's Kitchen on Google Photos (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/ndjmn)
Spherie of Gusteau's Kitchen on Facebook (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/juyjw)
Spherie of Gusteau's Kitchen on Flikr (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/ugleh)


The LightWave scene file and objects are here (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/ifzle).

It's really cool to use VR headgear to stand in the middle of the kitchen and look around.

Spherie away,
Daniel

precedia
01-05-2017, 07:12 PM
A spherie of the Natural History Museum scene from the CGTalk lighting challenge #17.


Spherie of the Museum on Google Photos (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/ibkje)
Spherie of the Museum on Facebook (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/lhvvu)
Spherie of the Museum on Flickr (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/gjjdy)


I converted the CGTalk scene to LightWave here (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/xzsbp).

Spherie away,
Daniel

kyuzo
01-09-2017, 08:15 AM
Great tutorial, thanks for putting it together!

precedia
01-09-2017, 10:00 PM
Thank you Derek.

Here is a spherie of the scene I created for my blog Tyranny of the Majority - Plato on Proposition 8 (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/upvef).


Spherie of Tyranny on Google Photos (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/cwynj).
Spherie of Tyranny on Facebook (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/fxfwj)
Spherie of Tyranny on Flickr (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/iawaq).


Compare this spherie to the original flat image in the blog. I, personally, like the context the spherie provides.

I also like that Facebook and Google have adopted support for spheries in a first-class manner for easy social networking with both technical and lay people alike.

Cheers,
Daniel

precedia
01-31-2017, 02:47 PM
Here is a spherie of The Loft scene created by Oscar Anchondo (http://oscaranchondo.wixsite.com/3dartist/loft). My apologies to Oscar for not having the reflection blurring node available on my OS X rendering platform and therefore the imperfect render.


The Loft spherie on Google Photos (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/ldqwt).
The Loft Spherie on Facebook (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/jamly).
The Loft Spherie on Flickr (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/jnbec).


A second camera spherie viewpoint is available on Google Photos (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/ldqwt) and Fickr (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/ztwyo).

More details about Oscar's work can be found in his LightWave gallery (https://www.lightwave3d.com/community/gallery/author/Oscar/Anchondo/) and in this LightWave newsletter article about Oscar (https://www.lightwave3d.com/news/article/free-architectural-scene/).

Daniel

precedia
01-31-2017, 11:05 PM
Here is a spherie of the Casa Lago scene created by Oscar Anchondo (http://oscaranchondo.wixsite.com/3dartist/3d-models) and that he graciously made available to the LightWave community. My apologies to Oscar for not having the correct HDRI sky image and therefore the render is not faithful to the original.


The Casa Lago spherie on Google Photos (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/domeb).
The Casa Lago spherie on Facebook (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/gkexn).
The Casa Lago spherie on Flickr (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/ghapr).


Daniel

precedia
02-03-2017, 04:26 PM
Here is a spherie of the Horizon scene generously made available for free to the LightWave community by the artist Stewart Wood (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/oubzx). My apologies to Stewart for not including the star in the scene (it wasn't included in the LightWave files and I didn't have time to place an object into the spherie). This spherie really does need the star added. If I have more time...


Horizon spherie on Google Photos (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/ijdtk).
Horizon spherie on Facebook (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/fthvj).
Horizon spherie on Flickr (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/ttvox).


Daniel

precedia
02-06-2017, 05:59 PM
I managed to snap this spherie in an abandoned warehouse just prior to this huge arachnid thankfully scurring away.

Seriously, I created this spherie using LightWave's "genoma spider walk" sample scene.


Arachnid spherie on Google Photos (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/atsey).
Arachnid spherie on Facebook (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/dmisl).
Arachnid spherie on Flicker (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/mqfqs).


I am experimenting with Christian Bloch's (http://www.hdrlabs.com) Smart IBL HRDI tools for these types of spheries.

Daniel

precedia
02-07-2017, 07:20 PM
Here is my Spheries in LightWave 3D Google Photos album (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/zqabl) that summarizes all the spherie images in this thread.

I created a Spherie Videos in LightWave 3D thread (http://forums.newtek.com/showthread.php?152768-Spherie-Videos-in-LightWave-3D) as a place for spherie videos.

Daniel

Stardust
02-14-2017, 05:59 AM
Hi,

Thank you for all the information, very helpful.

Somehow I can't get the 360 effect, off moving around, neither on chrome nor Google photos, I see the flattened panoramic image and the icon that supposedly says that you can spin around......

precedia
02-17-2017, 11:54 AM
What platform are you running Chrome on? Cell phone or OS X/Windows? What version of Chrome are you using (the latest)? I've noticed sometimes Google Photos makes you click the image "just one more time" to enable the viewing. If you see the circle icon then the metadata is properly injected. Can you share the image from your Google Photos account so we can look remotely?

Is the same image uploaded to a Facebook posting properly detected as a spherie?

precedia
03-10-2017, 05:24 PM
Here is a spherie of the Looft scene created by Peter Waldemar that he graciously made available to the LightWave community. See this LightWave newsletter article (https://www.lightwave3d.com/news/article/free-architectural-scene-by-peter-waldemar/?utm_source=march_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter) for details. My apologies to Peter for the (arguably terrible) render; I just didn't have time to tinker with Lightwave's global illumination settings. Peter's scene appears to have used Kray.


Looft spherie on Google Photos (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/ulvsi).
Looft spherie on Facebook (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/byfjv).
Looft spherie on Flickr (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/sjalu).


My goal for posting this is to encourage other artists to post spheries of their work.

Daniel

precedia
04-05-2017, 04:13 PM
I eclipsed 2 million views of my spheries. To celebrate (and advertise) I posted a spherie containing some of my spheries mapped onto spheres and rendered into a spherie (using Lightwave). Now that was a mouthful. I suspect most of you are now thinking square and not spherie.

These postings contain the Lightwave rendered spherie:


Facebook posting (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/rpjeg).
Google+ posting (http://tiny.lanovaz.org/asfgl).


Daniel

precedia
09-19-2017, 12:08 PM
A little off topic, but possibly roll-your-eyes amusing.

Here is a spherie of my new personalized California Legacy 1960's license plate. I had to do it.


California Spherie Plate on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1488417517904224&set=a.126385624107427.31884.100002079703373&type=3&theater)
California Spherie Plate on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/116373726280397781964/posts/C6qmZBpdXxP)


Here is my Spherie Medium.com article (https://medium.com/@daniel.lanovaz/spherie-d0bb324279c3) which contains a section on LightWave 3D.

Here is my Macro Spherie Photography Medium.com article (https://medium.com/@daniel.lanovaz/macro-spherie-photography-299aaa2c70e4).

Daniel

precedia
02-15-2018, 11:40 AM
Shameless plug and for my amusement...

10 million views of my spheries on Google Maps and Google Street View; a new milespherie for me (a milestone made from a spherie milepost rather than a stone milepost).


Facebook spherie: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/wuhbd
Google Photos spherie: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/xefwr
Kuula spherie: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/frxlq



The above spherie was rendered using LightWave 3D from a modified Casa Lago scene created and made freely available by Oscar Anchondo.

If you are asking yourself, "What's a spherie?", I wrote a Medium.com article entitled, "Spherie: 360 Spherical Media Meets the Oxford English Dictionary". (https://medium.com/@daniel.lanovaz/spherie-d0bb324279c3)

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Rayek
02-15-2018, 05:22 PM
Thanks, I always wanted to try this out for myself. Here's one I did as a first test:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/mkUxPfkytopqAZHs1

precedia
02-18-2018, 12:19 AM
Rayek, thank you for sharing. I need to experiement more with combining a spherie photo with rendered objects. I think some entertaining stills or animations can be created.

Rayek
02-18-2018, 02:10 AM
I noticed Google spheries are mapped on a very low resolution sphere - or at least, the images are warped, resulting in really ugly results, and warped lines everywhere.

With Godot, I made my own first spherie app - just a test, but it looks WAY better. And no reliance on external tools. This may be expanded into a game, interactive app, or something. Pretty cool proof of concept, but I need to adjust the navigation (too much freedom). Tomorrow I will add some clickable areas.

Download either the Windows or Mac version here, and let me know what you think:
http://www.wizzydev.com/uploads/windows_spherie.zip
http://www.wizzydev.com/uploads/mac_spherie.zip

Controls: mouse, keyboard, and joystick/gamepad

Fun!

precedia
02-19-2018, 12:01 PM
With Godot, I made my own first spherie app - just a test, but it looks WAY better.

Well done, Rayek. I took the app for a test-run on macOS High Sierra (10.13.3) and the movement and rendering is very smooth. With mouse control I did get a little disoriented as sometimes I could not correct for a ghost roll that mysteriously crept in as I panned.

I found that Google Photos doesn't render well at the north and south poles of the spherie (look straight up or down).

I found that Kuula.co and Facebook do a better job at rendering the poles of the spherie. In addition, Facebook and Kuula.co support "full screen" viewing mode which can be really cool for some spheries as there is no distraction of window adornments or other desktop items. It's a little difficult for the casual end-user to actual find the "full screen" mode for Facebook spheries.

Having your app toggle to full-screen would be very cool; technically not sure how that would be done.

precedia
02-19-2018, 12:30 PM
"The Gossips" is one or Norman Rockwell's most popular paintings that he created for the March 5, 1948, cover of "The Saturday Evening Post."

During my study of this painting, I uncovered both the original model photos used by Rockwell as well as his hand drawings. His original painting positioned the characters in five rows of three pairs. I flattened his characters into a single "gossip line," placing the model photo above and the hand-drawn below the final painted character. I used LightWave 3D to render the gossip line into a spherie. Pan down to see the Saturday Evening Post cover and pan up to see Rockwell painting a self-portrait of himself. Best viewed full-screen on a laptop or desktop. On Kuula the full-screen button is obvious; for Facebook it's a little more hidden.

Spherie of "The Gossips" on Facebook: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/repxi
Spherie of "The Gossips" on Google: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/yvusz
Spherie of "The Gossips" on Kuula: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/vfxkp

Rayek
02-22-2018, 01:02 AM
Well done, Rayek. I took the app for a test-run on macOS High Sierra (10.13.3) and the movement and rendering is very smooth. With mouse control I did get a little disoriented as sometimes I could not correct for a ghost roll that mysteriously crept in as I panned.

I found that Google Photos doesn't render well at the north and south poles of the spherie (look straight up or down).

I found that Kuula.co and Facebook do a better job at rendering the poles of the spherie. In addition, Facebook and Kuula.co support "full screen" viewing mode which can be really cool for some spheries as there is no distraction of window adornments or other desktop items. It's a little difficult for the casual end-user to actual find the "full screen" mode for Facebook spheries.

Having your app toggle to full-screen would be very cool; technically not sure how that would be done.

I intend to add a full-screen mode, and fix the trackball navigation, but haven't found the time yet. Will do that in a few days, and upload a new version. I am hoping to automate things a bit - for example, it would be nice if the app would look for images in its root folder, and then display those, or something. Make it more open.

And I want to add actual interactive areas that can be clicked with text descriptions, or something. Just an idea - like the old Myst III: Exile game. Animated regions would be nice too - I already know how to implement this. And a bit more camera control.

Hmmm. Might take more time - scope creep!

I like the Normal Rockwell Gossip spherie. I have a very large book with his collected works at home.

Rayek
02-22-2018, 01:17 AM
Here, check this out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp-floACEkg

precedia
02-22-2018, 10:56 AM
This spherie places you at the center of attention of a few of Pixar's memorable characters. Pan down to see a few more saying hello. With VR headgear strapped on I feel so self-conscious. I rendered the spherie using LightWave 3D; credit goes to the person(s) unknown to me who posed the original set of Pixar characters.


Spherie of Pixar Characters on Facebook: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/apqrt
Spherie of Pixar Characters on Google: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/evsjz
Spherie of Pixar Characters on Kuula: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/lxvtw



Attached is a "Flattened Spherie" (what Kuula calls a "tiny planet view"). I sometimes generate these flattened spheries from the original spherie simply for effect.

precedia
02-23-2018, 11:10 AM
I am a fan of Norman Rockwell, including his Saturday Evening Post covers.

I stumbled across a talented artist, Juan Carlos Ruiz Burgos, who created a series of Rockwell-style covers entitled, "The Superhero Evening Post." I decided to create a spherie of his covers. You can see more of Juan's work at https://ruizburgos.deviantart.com and on Facebook at Ruiz Burgos (https://www.facebook.com/RUIZBURGOSART/). Impressive to view the spherie full-screen on Facebook or Kuula. I hid Juan's contact information at the north pole of the spherie; pan up to see. Spherie rendered in LightWave 3D.


Spherie of The Superhero Evening Post Covers on Facebook: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/cfnoc
Spherie of The Superhero Evening Post Covers on Google: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/bumlx
Spherie of The Superhero Evening Post Covers on Kuula: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/acmts


Juan was pleasantly surprised and appreciative, with my spherie posting shared about 11 times now throughout Juan's Facebook network.

Attached is a flattened spherie of Juan's covers.

Rayek
02-24-2018, 12:58 AM
I uploaded a second version with improved controls (more direct - no rolling, no inertia) and added fullscreen and exit controls.
Look around by holding down the right mouse button.

Do you prefer with or without inertia? My idea is to create a small point and click adventure with this. I am going to try to add animated parts as well.

Same link as before.

precedia
02-24-2018, 04:27 PM
Rayek, thank you for your app update. I sent you a private message to discuss your MacSpherie app.

precedia
03-01-2018, 12:44 PM
While playing with my new copy of LightWave 2018, I decided to render this spherie using the statues included in 2018s content. One friend on Facebook commented, "Beautiful pieces & wonderful way to display them. It's almost like visiting a gallery.


Statue spherie on Facebook: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/hryxn
Statue spherie on Google+: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/xpydt
Statue spherie on Kuula: http://tiny.lanovaz.org/mujtu


Attached is a flattened spherie of the scene.