This assignment involved creating a panoramic 360 degree movie using a Web 2.0 tool called Clevr. The Web 2.0 tool Clevr has a “stitcher” which takes digital still pictures and connects them together. It then gives the illusion of movement as it turns in a 360 degree circle. Click below for my example.
As can be seen from my example, there are areas where things appear too shadowy and not entirely connected. I tried several times to take the pictures and in different situations. First I tried standing on the beach in Gulfport, Mississippi and taking the pictures turning 15 degrees until I reached the starting point. This one did not work with the Clevr stitcher as I think there was too much area which looked the same with the water, sky and sand. I then took one inside St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. This one did not stitch either. I then went outside and took the pictures standing across from Jackson Square in New Orleans. This one turned out the best and is the one attached to this blog. One problem I had with Clevr is that you had no way to manually stitch the photos together. The program did all this for you and did not always attach them as well as they could have been attached. I found it to be a bit frustrating. I liked how easy it was to use the stitcher, but I think the performance could be improved by allowing the user more control.
I think this Web 2.0 tool could be used to show an area or some scenery. Students doing reports on historical places or geographical locations could use this as a great visual. Similar programs are used in applications such as real estate to give potential buyers a virtual tour of a property. It gives a feeling of actually being in the space and seeing everything in a room. Another great feature of Clevr is that a panorama can be shared with others through Integration with Facebook and MySpace. Panoramas can be embedded on your profile or you can send them to friends or they can be emailed. They can also be embedded in blogs and websites. Another great feature is the ability to add hotspots to panoramas so that viewers can read notes or look at related videos.
All in all, I found Clevr easy to use although as stated above I would like the ability to be able to stitch the photos manually. I think this would be a great enhancement to the program.