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Worlds within Worlds: Panoramic Visualisation

By August 1, 2008 No Comments

Worlds within Worlds: Using Panoramas for Sense of Location and Place from digitalurban on Vimeo.

Embedding panoramas in a x/y/z space allows movies to be created where the camera automatically pans around a scene. Panoramas are traditionally interactive, thus all our output via this blog is available in Quicktime Virtual Reality.

However, if you are going to display panoramas in a stand alone location, such as the front of an office or marketing suite, a movie is more suitable and thus the requirement to move panoramas into a 3D package.

If you expand this concept and embed panoramas within panoramas you can create ‘worlds within worlds’, as illustrated in the movie above.

This allows a series of panoramas to be embedded within a ‘holding’ scene and presents a looping movie suitable for large displays. The movie is just a concept but perhaps one that would work in a marketing suite or on display (?)

The movie developed the original concept embedded below illustrating London Churches in 3D space via 3D Studio Max:

Panoramic London Churches – HD from digitalurban on Vimeo.

The original movie is perhaps a better example than the ‘Worlds within Worlds’ concept – not sure – thats the thing with concept movies your never quite sure if they work….

Both movies can be viewed in High Definition by clicking on the HD icon.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.