I have made the first step, to reach my goal to produce as good FMS panorama landscapes as possible.
To smcxx66: You will not be able to make distortion free FMS panorama landscape from pano made for spherical projection.
The reflex panoes are made for spherical projection.
Although Bixorama can convert 11 pano versions, cylindrical pano is not among those.
The FMS_PL and FMS_XYZ is producing mapping to an eight+2 sided Cylinder and need cylindrical pano.
If you stick to this idea you might find on the Internet an appropriate converter, but if you try the method below, I guess, there will be no need to do this.
Skybox is not for me, the distortion is too disturbing.
I have figured out a semi automatic method to produce spherically projected FMS panorama landscape. To make this I had to utilize the scn file of Bad Oldesloe. I have to ask for explicit permission from TreeHugger.
The header text of the new panorama landscapes could be this:
Scenery: Telki Field
Version: FMS 2.8 Panorama, made by the scn file of scenery: Aero-Club Bad Oldesloe
Autor: Photo and photo editing by â€“ LÃ¡szlÃ³ Csaba <lcsaba>
Conversion: Geometry and Mapping - Frank Tischler <TreeHugger> Â© 2006
This FMS-Addon is for private use only. Commercial use and further
public distribution - in any form - requires an explicit permission.
Make a folder,
load the folder with the spherical pano picture,
(FMS-PL creates two type of files, it is cutting the pano (any size) into 16 (2*8 rows) .bmp pictures, doesnâ€™t matter which is the projection type of the pano, and an .scn file for cylindrical mapping, two pixels overlapping is applyed)
make 16 pictures,
make the scn file,
open the folder: delete scn file,
Open BadOldesloe folder (this can be downloaded from www.rc-sim.de
) copy the .scn file,
paste the scn file into your folder, edit the file names of pictures accordingly (be carefull to keep the picture order),
take your picture editor program (I am using GIMP 2) select the pano picture, cut out four sky pictures (2048*512) from right to left, if the pano size is 8160*3060 as the size of reflex panos, take the 4 pixels overlapping into consideration, change the size to 1024*512 (not keeping ascect ratio). (This sky section is very highly positioned, therefore the proper fitting is not critical).
It will work.
To adjust the ground level the scn file should be edited as described before.
My next step will be the introduction of crash surfaces. Ddwanner made the 4H-Camp_Winter and I am going to use his method.
The third step will be difficult. I donâ€™t know if I can make it.
It is the crash problem. I had a chance to practice with a RealFligt R3 pano scenery. It is perfect the crash objects which are near to the observer are visible (of course) but those are really there, because You can fly behind the objects, the aircraft disappears and can crash on both sides (front or remote).
The crashing has been solved by ddwanner but the aircraft is visible behind the objects, because those are on the "remote wall" and the transparent crash object is at the proper location, and the TRANSPARENT â€žblackâ€ pictures in the case of FMS are not visible.
If noone can solve this problem, we have to admit that G3 is better in this respect.
I have made succesfull tests to introduce artificial crash objects to 4H_Camp which are visible (not trasparent) (originally not there). How to make those to look as the object on the projection wall of the cylinder or sphere I (we) have to figure out, and this object should cover properly the picture of it on the wall.
Some other thoughts:
FMS_PL if the input is a photo for cylindrical mapping can create proper eight sided cylinder with a plain colour sky (color can be selected from the picture). FMSXYZ if white line problem is solved (take the UV mapping as at the FMS_PL files) can be ok either, but in this case a sky picture has to be given. The result in both cases a visible difference between the upper part of the eight pictures and the sky picture, if clouds are there.
If the model is flying very high the sky is rotating fast, and this is disturbing. In similar situation in real environment, you are looking up, and because the model is visible, there is no need to rotate. Therefore the plain blue sky is one solution but in this case the spherical and cylindrical projection almost the same.
Both methods are using eight sided cylinders two pictures on one sideface. The approximation could be improved in a easy way to have 16 or 32 sided cylinders, this would be a better approximation.
As to the improvement of the method I discribed above it could be introduced into FMSXYZ as spherical option ((FMS_PL menu got this option but it is not working.))
If Perry could introduce into his program the UV>XYZ mapping created by TreeHugger there will be no need to copy, delete, rename files. It could be almost automatic, only the picture cutting function of FMS_PL should be applied. If the author of FMS_PL and Perry could unify their efforts only one program could do the functions, including the cutting out the four upmost pictures.