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GigaPan & PowerPoint?
Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
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I’m an archaeologist using GigaPan to document deteriorating ancient sites in Peru. I have been fascinated by the application of GigaPan imagery to archaeology projects like the folks at Emory with Samothrace in Greece, but I’m trying to see the value of GigaPan OUTSIDE the web. For example, conference presentations often use PowerPoint. How can I present a GigaPan WITHOUT having to open a web browser(e.g. use directly in PowerPoint), if at all? Thanks!

Ron Schott Ron Schott
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You can use screen capture software such as Camtasia Studio to capture a movie of you zooming thru your GigaPan on the web, and then render that movie so that it can be played back as a standalone in your presentation software of choice. You lose the spontaneity of the web, but retain the “Wow” factor of zooming. I did this at AGU back in 2008.

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
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That’s a great idea Rob! I looked up Camtasia Studio and although it’s an expensive download, there is a 30 day free trial, plus as you say there is likely other screen capture software out there. What about creating those sorts of Pano to Virtual Reality scenes that you see on hotel websites giving tours of rooms? Can those be embedded in an easy/manageable way and if so, how?

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Total Posts: 90

1) Who’s Rob?
2) Please cite an example by URL of “those sorts of Pano to Virtual Reality scenes that you see on hotel websites giving tours of rooms” to give us a better idea of exactly what you’re asking for. Until I see what you’re talking about I won’t know if it can be done.

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
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1. My apologies, typo.
2. I just Googled “hotel 3D tour” and came up with several, the first I picked was this one:
http://www.bergfried.at/hotel-tirol/Article/ID/…

The type of software I think they use can be found here:
http://gardengnomesoftware.com/pano2vr.php

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Total Posts: 90

Evidently those Flash-based panorama viewers are not well supported in Powerpoint (I haven’t found a good account of how to embed them). However, QTVR panoramas are supported: http://wiki.panotools.org/Embed_QTVR_into_Power… That’s probably the only option you have for including an interactive panorama in a PowerPoint, presuming you don’t have web access. (If you did have web access, you’d just put in a link to the GigaPan website and this discussion would be moot, of course.)

If you know what you want to show ahead of time, my recommendation is to pre-render a movie (via screen capture or just filming your screen with a video camera) and follow Microsoft’s instructions for embedding movies in PowerPoint: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-he…

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Total Posts: 14

Good advice, thanks Ron! While having separate web browsers open is likely the easiest solution, they sometimes distract from the flow of the presentation (especially using PowerPoint) and internet access is not always available at conference settings. Thanks for your help to allow me to integrate GigaPan into my research.

Ron Schott Ron Schott
Total Posts: 90

Glad to help. Personally, I expect conferences to have web access these days, and I generally bring my own (MiFi cellular Wifi access point) in case they don’t.

I should also point out that although it isn’t embeddable in Powerpoint, another option for showing a GigaPan without web access is to use the GigaPan Stitch software as a GigaPan viewer. You’ll need to have the image pyramids on the local computer (they are if you stitch them on it). Then just open the .gigapan file in Stitch and you should be able to use it as a GigaPan viewer.

Matthew Piscitelli Matthew Piscite...
Total Posts: 14

That’s another good option. I’m currently in Peru doing my research now and also documenting archaeological sites that are slowly eroding. I am just gathering as much data as I can right now, but I’m trying to look forward to see how they can actually be used and these are all great solutions.


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