PhotoVR is an image-based panoramic viewing system which renders the real scene by using photo-realistic images. This system looks like the product, QuickTime VR, of Apple Corp.. However, instead of using the same rendering technique, PhotoVR uses texture mapping to construct spherical environment maps covering view of ALL directions, including top view and bottom view.
For interested users, please contact the Prof. Ming Ouhyoung via E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org or download the packages from this page.
Taipei Fine Art Muesum, Taiwan
Atrium of College of Agriculture, National Taiwan University (A spherical environment map)
Tower Bridge, London
Luzern, Switzerland This scene was captured by a hand held camera.
Hua Zhou Shadow Puppet Treatre, Tainan
BEFORE viewing any demo page, DOWNLOAD and INSTALL the plug-in module (for Netscape) or ActiveX control (for Internet Explorer) first. If the PhotoVR demo page cannot be showed accurately with Netscape, reset the disk cache to be at least 1000K bytes.
PhotoVR (PhotoVR.exe, 282,596 bytes)
Object Viewer (obv.exe, 183,189 bytes)
PhotoVR stand-alone version for win95/98/NT/2000(dynascen.zip, 243,935 bytes)
Installation Download these files and execute directly.
PhotoVR Plugins (pvr.dll, 396,800 bytes)
Installation Download this file and copy it to netscape plusins directory(C:\Program Files\Netscape\Communicator\Program\Plugins\).
If IE 4.0 is used, remember to set the network security level to "LOW", or the browser will refuse the PhotoVR ActiveX control module.
PhotoVR can only work at 16-bit-per-pixel modes. If you are not in such mode, please change mode with control panel.
Panning Held the left button, and move the mouse left/right.
Moving forward/backward Held the left button, and move the mouse up/down.
Swinging Held the right button, and move the mouse left/right.
Tilting Held the right button, and move the mouse up/down.
Viewing objects To view a specific object, double click the left button on it.
Wen-Kae Tsao and Ming Ouhyoung, "An Alternative Approach of Rendering High Quality Images for Virtual Environment Using Scanned Images", Proc. of HDTV, p.7B-1 - p.7B-8, Taipei, R.O.C., 1995.
Wen-Kae Tsao and Ming Ouhyoung, "An Alternative Approach of Rendering High Quality Images for Virtual Environment Using Scanned Images", Proc. of RAMS, p.71 - p.78, Taipei, R.O.C., 1995.
Wen-Kae Tsao, Jiunn-Jia Su, Bing-Yu Chen and Ming Ouhyoung, "Photo VR: A System of Rendering High Quality Images for Virtual Environments Using Sphere-like Polyhedral Environment Maps", Proc. of RAMS, p.397 - p.404, Taipei, R.O.C., 1996.
Wen-Kae Tsao, Bing-Yu Chen, Jiunn-Jia Su and Ming Ouhyoung, "Rendering Real World Scenes and Objects for Virtual Environment Navigation", Proc. of ICS, p.1 - p.8, Kaohsiung, R.O.C., 1996.
Jyh-Kuen Horng and Ming Ouhyoung, "PhotoVR Editor: A Panoramic and Spherical Environment Map Authoring Tool for Image-Based VR Browsers", Proc. of WCG, p.78 - p.85, Taipei, Taiwan, 1998.
Video Brush, http://www.videobrush.com
QuickTime VR, http://qtvr.quicktime.apple.com
Be Here, http://www.behere.com
Live Picture, http://www.livepicture.com
Last Updated: February 24 1999