i would like to add something, which may help you to do the hop faster:
-adjust the first exposure settings (like in the Tutorial)
-THEN under the Menu "windows" -> QTVR Tools -> Settings
(button leftside) -> Keep individual Frames
- then Render the Cubic panorama and when it finished, you will have the
.mov and the 6 images for the first Expsure settings.
that's it, but i'm not sure if the QTVR setting are also in the non-registered Version of Terragen available. with this method you save a much of time.
Nilkimas-> Thanks for the tip!
The QTVR Tools are indeed greyed out in the unregistred version. I wanted to make an HDR with some free programs (OK except Photoshop ;-) ).
But if you have a registred version this saves a lot of time indeed. Now where did I put my creditcard...?
Good job on the tutorial. It's going to be very useful for the new users that have not been exposed yet to HDR images
Here is a little something for you that's going to make it easier for those that don't have a registered version with the QTVR options.
It's a Terragen script that will produce those 6 images in 1 click. So, you run it 3 times and only change the exposure in between.
I'm am pretty sure that the exposure can be changed by the script as well but I have not looked at that yet (I will then post a new version)
One way to use this script is to double click on it and it will lauch TG. You can then choose the location where to save the images and before running the script, change the image size, the level of details as well as the exposure.
For information, it takes about 3 hours to generate 6 images (900x900) at the max. level of detail and the highest accuracy for atmosphere and clouds.
Also, FYI, Terragen can generate also HDR images ( I will post later on this ) but then Pshop CS2 has to be used to merge those 6 images into a cross as there is no program on Mac that will do that or create a panorama. Too bad CubicConverter doesn't handle HDR images !
Francois -> Thanks for the script. I see my tutorial is very basic
I also have the HDR export plugin, but as you already said, if you don't have CS2, you can't do much with it.
Now I'm going to check out your script!!
Martin, I took a look at Pixel. And found in their forums that the .HDR format is not yet supported. 32 bit Tiffs are. The author said that he's working on the openEXR format. That will also be supported by Cheetah in the future?
The program is not so bad I think, the GUI is very Windows like, but there will be advancements in the future releases I read in their forums. For now I rather stick with Photoshop. Anyway, thanks for pointing out alternatives!!!