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Offline lmilnes

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360 Product shots
« on: December 01, 2010, 03:10:18 PM »
Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could help me with this problem. I am looking to make some of those 360 degree product shots, where you can drag the mouse and move the product around it's angles etc. Does anyone know if there is a software you can get to perform this? It isn't actually a product that I want to photograph, I grow and display Bonsai trees, and this would be an excellent tool for showing them on the internet.

Any help and advice greatly appreciated!

Lewis

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Re: 360 Product shots
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2010, 04:36:56 PM »
Not sure what you are actually stuck on, but you need a turntable (its the object that rotates, not the camera)... you can do this on the cheap (http://warehouse.carlh.com/article_135/).... but your problem is much more likely an issue with display software.

You can export the images as an animated gif, but if you want it to be interactive, you probably need Adobe Flash.
There's a 30 day trial of Flash, may be worth looking to see if someone else has already created a template for this (would be surprised if nobody has!), and you can use the trial to make a generic turntable player (if you are good with xml and know javascript, should be easy for you in flash actionscript).

 I am somewhat familiar with Flash (search for 'Sham Bhangal' on Amazon), and happy to do the Flash part for you if you find yourself stuck with no off the shelf solution; futuremedia atgmail dotcom.

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Re: 360 Product shots
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2010, 04:45:39 PM »
Hi Sham,

Yeh its the software part I am stuck on, I have used a turntable which I use anyway for styling the trees so the shots are taken, I just don't know how to do the next step. I actually have Flash CS5 Professional, but have literally no idea how to use it! Would you be able to tell me the necessary steps to produce the interactive player?

Many thanks,
Lewis

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Re: 360 Product shots
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2010, 05:33:36 PM »
Do you know how to put one picture on each frame in the timeline (so that when you run the movie you see the turntable animation once), how to set the frame rate, and how to add actionscript?

If all this means nothing, zip the images for the first turntable sequence (if you reduce them so they are all the same size, and the size you actually want to display that would help enormously) and send them to the email I gave, and I'll sort it out.

Otherwise;

1. Set the frame rate to 24fps
2. Add the images one per frame.
3. Select frame 1 of the timeline and add this script;

function doFrame(e:Event):void {
   gotoAndStop(Math.round(mouseX/frameWidth));
}
   
var frames:int = totalFrames;
// Change the next value to your stage width (Modify > Document > number labeled 'width')
var clipWidth:Number = 550;
var frameWidth:Number = clipWidth/frames;

addEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, doFrame);
stop();


The script above converts the horizontal mouse position into a frame, so as you move left to right over the image, you will see the rotation. The script above doesn't do smoothing (it can skip frames if the user moves the mouse quickly) so if you try it and find it jerky, I can smooth it, drop me a line.


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Re: 360 Product shots
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2010, 07:25:04 PM »
Thanks Sham,

I had a go myself but failed miserably! So I have done as you said and zipped them all up resized and sent them to you in an email!

Thanks very much,
Lewis

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Re: 360 Product shots
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2010, 08:47:36 AM »
Have a look at this I played with it a couple of years ago and I took over a hundred shots of a signwriters workshop by moving around and taking shots from all over the place then uploaded them to the site and they are stitched together so you can zoom in and out and move around the area it was very impressive but I had to view it on their website things may well have moved on since then anyway its a starting point good luck
http://photosynth.net/

if I can find my way back in I will post a link to my original shots oh and you have to download their programme to view it  but it was an amazing piece of work and very easy to use
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Re: 360 Product shots
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2010, 09:06:53 AM »
I found my account page there are 3 tries none are great but I think they show what you are trying to achieve
http://photosynth.net/userprofilepage.aspx?user=oldy&content=Synths

hope this helps
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Re: 360 Product shots
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2010, 12:16:55 PM »
Thanks very much John, that looks like a very useful tool to use!

What I was after was more of a standalone fix, something I could put onto a website of my own.

My inspiration came from here - http://www.ausbonsai.com/360/Satsuki_azalea_svn/

Unfortunately they are keeping their scripting to themselves!

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Re: 360 Product shots
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2010, 10:22:31 PM »
Just in case anyone else comes to this thread looking for a similar 360 degree effect (as per the bonsai link that Lewis posted above), I have written the Flash file that does this, and am happy to send it on to anyone else. Be aware that you will need Flash CS5. Email me direct (my email is in the thread above).