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First attempt at 360 panorama with Skydio

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Looks pretty good to me..... (y)

Tell us a little about how you did this.

What size is the file?
 

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Very nice picture. I've stitched some hi res jpegs together but none had the vertical range your picture does. I'm be curious how you did it if you care to share.
 

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Here is my technique for making 360 panoramas:
Put the drone up at a an altitude depending on the subject.
With the camera level, take a series of photos and rotating the drone so as to overlap the previous image by about 1/3.
Continue until you have completed a full circle.
Tilt the camera up enough to still see 1/3 of the height of the previous row and repeat.
Tilt the camera up again and repeat.
Tilt the camera below level and shoot another series then all the way down and complete a full circle.
In all I shot 51 images.
I used Microsoft ICE to stitch them together (it's free.)
Export from ICE as a JPG.
Open the image in Photoshop and change the canvas size so that the ratio of width to height is 2:1, adding the extra space at the top.
Stretch the sky to fill the empty space.
If you plan to use the image in FaceBook, resize it to 10, 000 x 5000 pixels. You can leave it full size for Kuula. My image before resizing was 16384 x 8192 pixels.
Edit the properties of the file under the details tab so that the camera maker says Ricoh and the camera type says Ricoh Theta S. Apps like Facebook will now recognize it as a 360 degree panorama.
It is also possible to create this kind of Pano from a video using ICE.
 

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Here is a tutorial I did for making panoramas with the Typhoon H images. The processing steps are basically the same. (The Typhoon H shot 18 images automatically.)
 
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Here is my technique for making 360 panoramas:
Put the drone up at a an altitude depending on the subject.
With the camera level, take a series of photos and rotating the drone so as to overlap the previous image by about 1/3.
Continue until you have completed a full circle.
Tilt the camera up enough to still see 1/3 of the height of the previous row and repeat.
Tilt the camera up again and repeat.
Tilt the camera below level and shoot another series then all the way down and complete a full circle.
In all I shot 51 images.
I used Microsoft ICE to stitch them together (it's free.)
Export from ICE as a JPG.
Open the image in Photoshop and change the canvas size so that the ratio of width to height is 2:1, adding the extra space at the top.
Stretch the sky to fill the empty space.
If you plan to use the image in FaceBook, resize it to 10, 000 x 5000 pixels. You can leave it full size for Kuula. My image before resizing was 16384 x 8192 pixels.
Edit the properties of the file under the details tab so that the camera maker says Ricoh and the camera type says Ricoh Theta S. Apps like Facebook will now recognize it as a 360 degree panorama.
It is also possible to create this kind of Pano from a video using ICE.
Nice description.... seems very methodical BUT enormously time intensive.

Most also be quite a drain on the MR's flight battery.

I'm pretty patient but I'm not sure I could go through that process too many times....:whistle:
 

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Thanks, I will try that sometime. This may sounds simple, how do you go into the picture mode and able to take one picture at a time?
 

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Nice description.... seems very methodical BUT enormously time intensive.

Most also be quite a drain on the MR's flight battery.

I'm pretty patient but I'm not sure I could go through that process too many times....:whistle:
It is faster to shoot video and have ICE created the pano from that. Just spin around and tilt the camera a bit with each revolution. ICE will extract the necessary stills rom the video file. I have done this successfully with other drones. Will try it soon with Skydio.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to explain that. I live out west and we've got some great places that would be perfect for this. One I can think of off the top of my head is lake Powell.

 

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It is faster to shoot video and have ICE created the pano from that. Just spin around and tilt the camera a bit with each revolution. ICE will extract the necessary stills rom the video file. I have done this successfully with other drones. Will try it soon with Skydio.
ICE ???
Seem to recall this from somewhere but can't remember where.
Can you explain the term/software?
 

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ICE ???
Seem to recall this from somewhere but can't remember where.
Can you explain the term/software?
ICE is Microsoft Image Composite Editor
Download for free here:
 
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Thanks for taking the time to explain that. I live out west and we've got some great places that would be perfect for this. One I can think of off the top of my head is lake Powell.

That would be a cool place for 360 panoramas. I was there in 2006. Very beautiful. Love the western canyons.
 

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Here is my technique for making 360 panoramas:
Put the drone up at a an altitude depending on the subject.
With the camera level, take a series of photos and rotating the drone so as to overlap the previous image by about 1/3.
Continue until you have completed a full circle.
Tilt the camera up enough to still see 1/3 of the height of the previous row and repeat.
Tilt the camera up again and repeat.
Tilt the camera below level and shoot another series then all the way down and complete a full circle.
In all I shot 51 images.
I used Microsoft ICE to stitch them together (it's free.)
Export from ICE as a JPG.
Open the image in Photoshop and change the canvas size so that the ratio of width to height is 2:1, adding the extra space at the top.
Stretch the sky to fill the empty space.
If you plan to use the image in FaceBook, resize it to 10, 000 x 5000 pixels. You can leave it full size for Kuula. My image before resizing was 16384 x 8192 pixels.
Edit the properties of the file under the details tab so that the camera maker says Ricoh and the camera type says Ricoh Theta S. Apps like Facebook will now recognize it as a 360 degree panorama.
It is also possible to create this kind of Pano from a video using ICE.
The Flying portion of this Proceedure could be made into a "Skill" called "PANO" by Skydio and added to our Controller / App via a Software Update......PLEASE ! This is EXACTLY the use case for this Drone. Repeating a process using AI that would be difficult or impossible by most pilots. LivinLarge, I am going to forward this Thread to Skydio and see if they will add it to the Software. Then we only have to sweat POST-PRODUCTION....Cheers !
Here is my technique for making 360 panoramas:
Put the drone up at a an altitude depending on the subject.
With the camera level, take a series of photos and rotating the drone so as to overlap the previous image by about 1/3.
Continue until you have completed a full circle.
Tilt the camera up enough to still see 1/3 of the height of the previous row and repeat.
Tilt the camera up again and repeat.
Tilt the camera below level and shoot another series then all the way down and complete a full circle.
In all I shot 51 images.
I used Microsoft ICE to stitch them together (it's free.)
Export from ICE as a JPG.
Open the image in Photoshop and change the canvas size so that the ratio of width to height is 2:1, adding the extra space at the top.
Stretch the sky to fill the empty space.
If you plan to use the image in FaceBook, resize it to 10, 000 x 5000 pixels. You can leave it full size for Kuula. My image before resizing was 16384 x 8192 pixels.
Edit the properties of the file under the details tab so that the camera maker says Ricoh and the camera type says Ricoh Theta S. Apps like Facebook will now recognize it as a 360 degree panorama.
It is also possible to create this kind of Pano from a video using ICE.
 
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It would seem that the Skydio could capture the full 360 view in one shot with the six navigation cameras.
 
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It would seem that the Skydio could capture the full 360 view in one shot with the six navigation cameras.
Link fired off to Customer Service. Added a few lines of begging. Hopefully, they will engage. I could have mentioned to them that their competitor has this SW functionality, but didnt. ; )
 

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Link fired off to Customer Service. Added a few lines of begging. Hopefully, they will engage. I could have mentioned to them that their competitor has this SW functionality, but didnt. ; )
I suggested this to them a long time ago. I see that the Skydio X2 does have this capability with the 360 superzoom. It has been suggested that they will add this to the Skydio2.
 

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