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Panotour - Interface - Import Livepano

Logo LivePano

Logo-panotour-pro-150px.png Panotour Pro 2 only This feature is available only on Panotour Pro 2

LivePano is a integrated add-on for Panotour Pro 2. With LivePano, you can merge videos with the still photographic content of your virtual tours.


Requirements and notes

Before starting your LivePano Import, please check you have all the required files:

  • Autopano .pano file: To use Livepano you also need an Autopano Pro or Giga (version 3 minimum) license to generate .pano file with the video frame integrated in the project. See this page on the preparation of your .pano
  • Still images files (non stitched) for an equirectangular panorama (360°x180°).
  • Video file.
  • Single frame image file extracted from the video.
    • How to extract a frame from video: For example you can use VLC Media Player. Open your video, go to «Video > Take Snapshot» and you get your snapshot on your desktop.
  • Livepano is an Add-on for Panotour Pro 2 and cannot be used without. It requires a license.
  • Read the FAQ for Livepano.


Import Livepano

Menu to import a LivePano: File > Import > LivePano (Ctrl+L)



To import a LivePano, go to the File > Import > LivePano (Ctrl+L).

info To add multiple LivePanos, import them one by one, following the 5 steps described below



Step One: External Resource Selection

External Resource Selection: Import LivePano 1/5 Step


  • Pick a Panorama in the List: Choose the panorama into which you want to insert the LivePano.
  • Autopano .pano File: Select the Autopano .pano file by clicking on select button.
  • Video File: Select the video file by clicking on select button.
  • Cancel: Click this button to return to the project without any modification.
  • Next: Click this button to validate your completion and go to the next step.



Step Two: Video frame selection

Video Frame Selection: Import LivePano 2/5 Step

In this step, the Autopano .pano file is recognized and you can select the video frame to inform the LivePano addon which frame is the video. Click Next when you selected the video frame.

After clicking on «Next»:Creating Background Model



Step Three: Final video hotspot area

Final Video Hotspot Area: Import LivePano 3/5 Step
The blue guides displayed are drawn only for demonstration purpose to spotlight the main zone of your video where your subject is supposed to move
  • On this step you set the video crop area using the integrated yellow anchors available on the 4 corners and top, left, bottom and right middles.
  • For this you need to approximately know where the main content of your video takes place.
  • The above example describes this: The blue lines illustrate limits in the video the subject does not exceed. The more little is this zone, the more little is the video size.
Selecting the Crop Areas
  • To set your crop area, drag the anchors to match the main zone of your video.
  • To move the video frame through the window, drag it with the mouse.
  • Video is always centered, don't try to drag the entire crop area, only anchors are draggable.
  • Crop area is always symmetrical in comparison with the horizontal and verticals centered yellow guides.
  • 90° Left and 90° Right: Click these button to rotate the entire video area. This function does not rotate the video (no processing), it only rotate the display.
  • Cancel: Click this button to return to the project without any modification.
  • Next: Click this button to validate your completion and go to the next step.



Step Four: Blending mask

Blending Mask: Import LivePano 4/5 Step

At this step you draw a polygon around your subject and use adjustments tools in order to merge the video the most seamlessly possible.


Functions

  • Reset Mask or Escape: Cancel and reset the drawn polygon.
  • Space: Close your polygon.
  • Mask Smoothness: Adjusts feathered edge of your polygon.
  • Show Polygons: Checkbox to show/hide the polygon drawn.
  • Preview Display Types:
    • Display Video Only: Displays only the video in the preview window.
    • Display Panorama Only: Displays only the panorama in the preview window.
    • Display Blend (Panorama+Video): Displays both panorama and video in the preview window with the video into the drawn polygon.
  • Contrast: Adjust the contrast of the video. Set to zero by default, set higher values for more contrast and lower values for less contrast.
  • Brightness: Adjust the brightness of the video. Set to zero by default, set higher values for more brightness and lower values for less brightness.
  • Gamma: Adjust the gamma level of the video. Set to zero by default, set higher values for more gamma value and lower values for less gamma value.
  • Cancel: Click this button to return to the project without any modification.
  • Next: Click this button to validate your completion and go to the next step.


Draw Your Polygon

Draw your polygon: Import LivePano 4/5 Step
  1. Set Display Video Only.
  2. Click by click on the video preview area, draw your polygon. Tap Escape key or Click «Reset Mask» to reset the mask.
  3. Space Bar closes your polygon.
  4. Set Display Blend (Panorama+Video).
  5. Set Contrast, Brightness, Gamma and Mask Smoothness to adjust the merging seamlessly if needed.
Create your polygon cutout and Contrast, Brightness and Gamma adjustments: Import LivePano 4/5 Step


To Get the Best Video Merge Results

Examples of good and bad cutouts polygon drawings
  • Make cutouts along edges of the highly contrasted zones.
  • Don't draw on main zone of the video where subject is supposed to move.



Step Five: Render

Render: Import LivePano 5/5 Step

At this step you set boundaries and fading options of your video.

  • Play Icon Click to toggle Play/Pause.
  • Sound Icon Hover this icon and drag Play Head Icon to adjust Sound Level.
  • Flag Icon Click to set Start Point (left) Range Icon
  • Flag Icon Click to set End Point (right) Range end Icon
  • Drag Range Icon Range end Icon cursors to adjust the Start and End points.
  • Fade In Duration: Enter time in milliseconds you wish for fade in.
  • Fade Out Duration: Enter time in milliseconds you wish for fade out.
  • Cancel: Click this button to return to the project without any modification.
  • Render: Click this button to render the video.
  • Finish: Click to finalize your LivePano import and see it appear as a hotspot on your tour.

Viewing LivePano on iPhone On iPhones only, LivePano will be displayed in fullscreen mode and not seamlessly integrated into the sphere




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