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Traversoramas

Traversoramas

A Traversorama is like a panorama, in that it is an image of a wide subject created by stitching together several smaller images. But it's unlike a panorama in that the smaller images are not shot from one viewpoint (rotating the camera around that viewpoint), but rather by having the camera traverse across the width of the (primarily linear) subject, shooting the images from multiple viewpoints along a line parallel to the subject.

Some characteristics of traditional panoramas are:

A Traversorama provides an alternative set of characteristics, though it also brings a weird and interesting set of its own:

The name

In panorama, pan is from Greek, and means 'all'. orama is also from Greek - 'horama', meaning 'view'. Because a traversorama is 'sort-of like' a panorama, I wanted a name that suggests the similarity. However it should also indicate the difference, hence 'traversorama'. But perhaps that name is too long for general use, so it may be shortened to 'travorama', or 'travo'.

How is a Travo created?

We need to have many - hundreds or thousands - of rather narrow images. If we were to use the same technology as is typically used for panoramas - a digital SLR - the camera would soon be worn out, and the processing required would probably wear out the creator. What type of camera can happily shoot thousands of images?

Video cameras do that!

But the video images are not narrow. And anyway, how could we access the individual images (video 'frames') and stitch them together to form one wide image?
TravoMaker (computer software that I have written) does that!

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