What is a 360° panorama?
A 360° panorama is a series of rendered images stitched together into one image file.
Why 360° panorama?
A 360° panorama is used to help present a virtual space, either through a navigable image or with Virtual Reality tools such as Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard.
How do I create a 360° panorama?
You create your 360° panorama through the Photo Lab, simply choosing the render mode for either 360° panorama or 360 with natural light.
Understanding 360° render settings
Once you have selected the type of 360° panorama you wish to create, select the intended resolution in the 360° panorama dropdown. This menu replaces the standard Image dimensions dropdown when working with panoramas.
Unless you have a specific target platform in mind, we currently recommend choosing the Google option, which offers a good balance between speed and quality, and also works well for publishing in MyConfigura briefcases.
Does my camera position and pitch matter?
Yes. You need to “get in there”, i.e. place the camera somewhere in the drawing. Remember that you will not be able to move forward or backward, zoom or pan – only turn 360° around to look in every direction.
We also recommend that you go to the Camera settings in the Photo Lab and verify that the Pitch is set to 0. This makes the camera look straight ahead, which is a good starting point when navigating in a 360° image.
Saving your output
Once the image has finished rendering, the normal Save button in the Photo Lab changes into Export instead, letting you choose which format you wish to save the image to.
If you do not know which platform you wish to target, or only wish to make the image available in a MyConfigura briefcase, choose the Google VR option.
Please note that the finished rendering might look a bit strange when viewed in the Photo Lab. This is due to the demands of VR applications needing a so-called “cube map” image for creating the final surrounding image.
Sharing your output
Once you have exported the finished image, you can either transfer it to a smartphone app capable of displaying the image with the help of something like Google Cardboard, share it through a MyConfigura briefcase, or transfer it to a computer application for viewing with a VR headset such as Oculus Rift.
To share your image through a MyConfigura briefcase, simply attach the image to a briefcase post. Any image ending with .vr.jpg will automatically be interpreted as a viewable 360° scene, requiring no extra software beyond your web browser.
What is Yulio for CET Designer?
Yulio for CET Designer is a utility Extension available on Marketplace. To use it, you need an active Yulio account, which can be created on the Yulio website. This Extension lets you export your 360° panorama rendering to Yulio for previewing, viewing in VR, or sharing with others.