GoCubic

GoCubic is a free utility for Windows for creating cylindrical QuickTime 4 panoramas as well as cubic QuickTime 5 panoramas. It implements the sample code freely available from Apple's developer website (see VRMakePano). GoCubic was originally created by Josh Eskin but is now available from the panoguide site, with Josh's kind permission. Note that GoCubic and the sample code on which it is based (VRMakePano) is NOT able to:

  • add hotspots
  • create multi-node QuickTime virtual tours

Mac users: see the other free utilities VRMakeCubic and VR Make Panorama 2, both available from Apple's developer website.

Cylindrical QuickTime 4 panoramas

To create a cylindrical panorama you first need an image that is in cylindrical projection which you will have created using another image stitching program. If you have an equirectangular image (for spherical projection) you will need to convert it to cylindrical format using another program, such as either ISeeMedia PhotoVista Panorama or Helmut Dersch's PanoTools. For tips on using ISeeMedia PhotoVista to convert between image projection formats, see the article about creating spherical panoramas using PhotoVista Panorama.

Note that GoCubic requires the image dimensions to be divisible by 4. If they are not the conversion will fail and, annoyingly, you will not see any error message.

First of all, go to the menu Make Pano and choose cylindrical. Next, if you want to, change the compression settings. Finally, click Make Pano Movie..., select your source cylindrical image (note this should not be rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise, as the instructions tell you).


Cubic QuickTime 5 panoramas

To create a cubic panorama, you need 6 separate images for each of the cube faces. These should be numbered 1 to 6, with filenames for example "mypano1.jpg" to "mypano6.jpg". Note that contrary to the instructions, these images are:

  1. Front
  2. Left
  3. Back
  4. Right
  5. Top (facing front)
  6. Bottom (facing front)

The cube faces are, as you would expect, square shaped images with a vertical and horizontal field of view of both 90 degrees.

To convert a spherical equirectangular image created with another image stitching program into cube faces I suggest you use PhotoVista Panorama (on this see the article about creating spherical panoramas using PhotoVista). Remember that the cube faces need to be separate images numbered appropriately.

First of all, go to the menu Make Pano and choose cubic. Next, if you want to, change the compression settings. Finally, click Make Pano Movie..., select the first of the images and the remainder will automatically be picked up using the numbering mentioned above.