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Create a "magic" Panorama with any of your photo

Updated April 23, 2010

Step 1: put the montage theme on the timeline


It is very difficult to shoot a panoramic view. Moreover, it is rare to have the opportunity to have a view over 360 degrees. Some software exists, but are difficult to use and quite time consumming. We'll see how to create an feeling of panoramic view from any photo.
The use of a video is also possible, but to get the wanted effect, you should consider a stabilized shooting of the sequence ...

To achieve this, we will use a theme #176, #177, or #178 available in the section  Effects

To begin, start Pinnacle Studio (version 12.1 or higher) and open the Montage Theme Editor. Select the 20cents Effects serie, and then drag one of the theme #176, #177 (for 16:9 projects only!) Or #178 (project 4:3 only !) on the timeline.

Step 2: Put your photo on the timeline

In this tutorial, I chose to use the theme 177. My project is in 16:9 format, however I chose to use a photo taken at 4:3. If I drag the photo directly in the drop zone, the montage theme will automatically adjust it to 16:9 by zooming. In most cases, this behavior is very convenient. In my example, it has the disadvantage of preventing adjustment of the vertical position after automatic zoom.

So, we will use a manual method to setup zoom parameters. For that, we'll start by dragging the photo directly on the timeline, and not in the drop zone ...

Step 3: Open the Video Effects menu


Then we'll click on the toolbox menu to apply a video effect on our photo.

Step 4: Select the pan and zoom effect.


I choose to use the pan and zoom aeffect vailable even on basic edition of Studio 12. You can of course use other video effects, if you wish.

Step 5: Set video effect

After a quick adjustment, I corrected the width of the photo to remove the black stripe, and I adjusted the vertical position to maintain the maximum portion of sky visible.

Step 6: place the cropped image in the drop zone


The video effect is now applied to the photo on the timeline. I can now drag the photo from timeline to the drop zone. By this action, Studio will consider my settings on this object, and will  not make any automatic adjustment.

The theme is almost ready to go ...

Step 7: view results


However, Seeing the result, we realize that the connection between the photo and its symmetry causes a double peak too unnatural to be credible. We will have to correct that.

Step 8: Setting the connection


To make this correction, I'll use the sliders directly present in the montage theme editor. A slight adjustment of the starting point the right of the picture allows to join directly on top of the peak, as if it really exists !

When this theme is used with a photo, it can be played in a loop. For this you need to select it on the timeline and then make copy/paste. Moreover, this theme is stretchable, which adjusts the speed of our pan.

result

and this is the result ...


Of course, it is possible to use these montage theme for many other things. Try using it on a group of people taken during a family event for example. You will see that your family will become much larger!

Last suggestion, as it produce a loop, you can also use this theme as video background for a DVD menu.



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