QTVR seminar notes 4-2-2002

April 3, 2002

The seminar at Apple was really an eye opener and made me decide that I was

in the wrong business. Dennis Biela of The Way Ahead Group was the speaker and

he started off by showing some examples of his work. We has done still photography

for GM, BMW, and government agencies. Right now, his biggest project in progress

is the National Air & Space Museum. He also mentioned that he was an advisor

on “The Matrix”.

**The following notes are part blogging the seminar and jotting down notes

for later uses:**

  • photos needs 50% overlap for better stitching
  • cylindrical movies can’t see whole picture (standard VR)
  • PDFs are able to inbed QTVR (picture box import movie)
  • Shoot vertical to provide more lapping
  • How to do Cubic QTVR
    • 1st row 45? up
    • 2nd row straight ahead
    • 3rd row 45? down.
  • Multi node movie

    o Map inbedded into QT files that will follow cursor

    o 12 tracks of sound

    o can link movies between VR</p>

    • showed a vr of a cave, clicked on hotspot, movie simulated walking to

      next cave, then moved to another vr.**


  • programs & equip recommended/used
    • Squamish RealViz
    • Live Stage Pro
    • VRWORX (recommended)
    • Sceneweaver – QTVR & Shockwave (didn’t show)
    • CubicConverter -$30 ClickHere Designs (good)
    • PanoWeaver (fisheye only) [east] $99
    • Stitcher 3.5
    • Kaidan VR Head new prototype $300-400
      • Cubic head
    • Zoomify – use multiple files and this plugin will expand
    • Canon d30
    • Canon g2 & d60
    • Nikon 995 (+++)**


  • Impressions
    • Really good speaker
    • Apple has clean offices that looked equal to a gap store
    • Only one person had a computer taking notes, iBook 2001
    • Old mac server (Workgroup 950)
    • He showed a copy of “Liquid Sky” a.k.a Photoshop 7 OSX [shhhhhh!]
    • TiBook 667 1.5gb RAM, “Sky” ran well.
    • Dennis is a Kodak beta tester
    • Nice seminar classroom
    • Schools are using QTVR to enhance books
      • Sidenote: if every kid had a laptop on his/her desk and a

        pdf all of the text books on a DVD, wouldn’t that save a ton

        of money for systems and promote technology faster? PDFs could link

        to movies with events (old newsreel footage, CNN coverage, etc), VR

        of the actual places and have the ability to be updated faster than

        textbooks (i.e. Afghanistan become Waterland, the Acrobat editor can

        make the change in Photoshop, import the map into Acrobat, save and

        burn to DVD).

        ß At $4 a DVD-R and the updates would be faster and cheaper.

        Plus outdated info would be expunged quickly. Kids wouldn’t have

        to learn from 1962 World Book Encyclopedias like I did.