iris360 and Google Street View FAQs

Here’s are some questions and answers you may find helpful.

Workflow and integration

Will we be able to shoot 360 Video?

No. iris360™ will not be able to shoot 360 video.

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If the files are stitched on-board how can I edit them?

You can edit the final stitched image in any 3rd party photo editing program such as Adobe Photoshop.

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iris360™ stitches the images automatically onboard the camera but can I stitch them using other software?

Yes. You will have access to the raw data captured with iris360™ and these can be stitched using NCTech’s  free desktop application Immersive Studio or other applications such as PTGui, Autopano Giga after exporting the JPEGs from Immersive Studio.

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How can I capture the panoramic without being in the image myself?

There are 3 options for this.

1. Use the iris360 “50/50 mode”. This captures the images in two shots using only two lenses at a time and then automatically blends them together. This allows you to position yourself behind the lenses that are not capturing and then walk around the iris360 two capture the 2nd image.

2. Set the countdown timer on iris360 to capture allowing you enough time to leave the scene.

3. Use the remote control function to trigger iris360 from your tablet or smart phone.

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About the HDR images, is it accomplished through bracketed exposures?

Yes. We use “Exposure Fusion” to automatically blend the bracketed exposures to produce a spherical panorama JPEG with all the highlight and shadow details preserved.

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Can I create the HDR file and process it through a third party software in my computer?

Certainly. If you need, you can process the JPEG data in any 3rd party software applications that support HDR processing.

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Can the iris360™ be used for creating tours in PanoTour Pro?

Yes, The images from iris360™ are fully compatible with any Virtual Tour editor that accepts spherical panoramas in JPEG format.

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Can you tell me if the panorama can be exported to other programs? I am currently using a roundshot vr drive and DSR to take the images and process interactivity in PanoTour Pro?

Yes it can. Since the final stitched panorama is a standard spherical projection JPEG with a 2:1 ratio, you can easily import the panos into any virtual tour authoring application.

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Google and Street View

Does it only work with Google?

While iris360™ is optimised for use with the Street View ecosystem you can also use the images with whatever panoramic viewing platform you like.

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Do I have to become a Google Business View Trusted Photographer to create my own tours and embed them on my own website?

No. You do not need to be a Google Business View Trusted Photographer to be able to use iris360. Anyone can use it.

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Will iSTAR also be compatible with Street View?

Yes. But only iris360™ is compatible with the Google Street View App.

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Today with Business View I need to connect and adjust all panos in the software "pano editor" how does it work with this setup? You say streamlined workflow direct to street view, is all work done in your software?

We plan to publish tutorials on the iris360™ to Google Street View workflow over the coming months. Please subscribe to our newsletter to find out more.

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If we have our own APP and platform can we configure this to talk and post content to these?

Yes, if you conform to the new Open Spherical Camera API: goo.gl/lXZlCp

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How are faces and license plates blurred as currently required by Google?

The process for this does not change. Images that are uploaded to Google are processed in the same way with faces and license plates being blured.

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