Fulldome Production Workshop with xRez

Handmade "unfolded" pano of the Pecos Mission Ruins. photo by ARTS Lab

In July, ARTS Lab and IAIA got together with Greg Downing and Eric Hanson of xRez.

Day 1, we went over Panoramic shooting using Nodal Ninja, Gigapixel shooting using robotic rigs such as the Gigapan Pro, HDR Lighting Capture, Shooting for Photogramatry and Use of Motion-Control Time Lapse rings.

Day 2, we looked at various software including Adobe Bridge, PT GUI, Autopano, PhotoFly, Bundler, and Meshlab.

Day 3, we looked at integrating various works into Maya and manipulating Maya for the dome. xRez gave a great demonstration of how the created their fulldome production, Crossing Worlds..

Below are links that xRez provided to fortify the workshop:
Software:
Maya, Mental Ray, PTgui, Nuke, Photoshop,
Bridge 3DEM (free, Windows)
MacDEM (free, OSX)
HDRshop (free, Windows)
PullSTDS (free, Windows)
Global Mapper, ($350, Windows)

DEM Source:
http://seamless.usgs.gov
http://www.geocomm.com
http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/dem3.html
http://www.cherba.com/3D/dem_sources.htm http://vterrain.org/Elevation/SRTM/
http://www1.gsi.go.jp/geowww/globalmap-gsi/gtopo30/gtopo30.html
http://dds.cr.usgs.gov/srtm/version2_1/SRTM3/

Topo Source:
http://www.usgsquads.com/mapfinder.html
http://sar.lanl.gov/maps_by_name.html

Earth Imagery:
http://www.unearthedoutdoors.net/global_data/true_marble/ http://www.truearth.com/
http://www.spaceimaging.com

Educational:
http://www.terrainmap.com

We will continue to add information about this experience and share as we build our own knowledge on the techniques we are learning.

To view images from the workshop, please see ARTS Lab’s Flickr page.

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