FreePV - Opensource panorama viewer
FreePV is a viewer for QuickTime (QTVR), SPiV, cylindrical, cubic and cylindrical panoramas. The package provides a standalone panorama viewer and a Firefox/Mozilla plugin.
FreePV is still in development, however standalone viewers and plugins for Unix and Windows are already available. It is currently the best way to view QTVR files on Unix computers.
1st May 2009 FreePV 0.3.0 released
After nearly two years without a stable release, freepv-0.3.0 can now be downloaded from Sourceforge.
20th April 2009 Google Summer of Code
León Moctezuma will be integrating the FreePV library into VLC (VideoLAN) as part of the 2009 Google Summer of Code.
- Hardware accelerated rendering for smooth viewing experience, based on OpenGL
- Display of cubic and cylindrical panoramas (raw image files)
- Good support for QTVR panorama files (including more exotic features such as compressed headers)
- Standalone and Mozilla/Firefox plugin available
- Unix plugin registers for quicktime files, and plays panoramas on pages designed for Quicktime, PangeaVR and GLPanoView plugins.
- Hotspots and multi node QTVR files not supported
- No scripting support
Download the source package. Currently, no prebuilt packages are available. FreePV can be built with cmake:
$ cmake . $ make $ make install
For building, the following packages are required (including development packages!):
- OpenGL (Mesa3D or other)
- glut or freeglut
- mozilla or firefox development package
Download the windows .zip file The windows package contains the standalone viewer (freepv-glut.exe) and the mozilla plugin (nsFreePV.dll). Copy the plugin dll to the Firefox plugin directory, typcially c:\Program Files\Firefox\Plugins, or similar. The standalone viewer, freepv-glut.exe, can be placed anywhere. Simply drop a panorama file onto the viewer icon to display it.
Currently only basic functionality of a viewer is supported. The following parameters can be added to the <embed> or <object> tags used to a panoramic image in a web page. The same parameters can be specified on the command line when invoking the standalone viewer.
- src=url Specify panorama file, either a Quicktime mov or a jpeg file
- quality=(low|medium|high) specify the render quality used. A lower render quality might improve the responsiveness of the viewer. Default is high. The low quality setting is optimized for software rendering with MESA (OpenGL implementation for Unix).
- cube_front=url Specify the front face of a cubic panorama
- cube_right=url Specify the right face of a cubic panorama
- cube_back=url Specify the back face of a cubic panorama
- cube_left=url Specify the left face of a cubic panorama
- cube_top=url Specify the top face of a cubic panorama
- cube_bottom=url Specify the bottom face of a cubic panorama
All parameters can also be specified in a configuration file in the home directory of the user, ($HOME/.freepv, under unix). The configuration file overwrites any parameters specified in the webpage or the command line. This is especially useful for specifying the render quality, since it doesn't make much sense to hardcode this into the webpage.
View an example how FreePV can be used to view 6 cubefaces.
Example command line usage for viewing a QTVR file with low rendering quality:
$ freepv-glut quality=low src=my_panorama.mov
Support and mailing lists
The FreePV-devel list is currently the place to contribute or comment on the FreePV development.
- Pablo d'Angelo (Main developer)
- Thomas Rauscher (glut standalone viewer)
- Brian Greenstone (base for QTVR parser)
- Fulvio Senore (prototype of mozilla plugin)
- León Moctezuma (Summer of Code 2007 developer)