The forge based version of Panorama Kit has now been released here. While many of the features have already been added, a few have not yet been implemented or simply haven't made it in. This thread will remain for anyone missing any particular feature, however it will no longer be recieving any updates from now on.
With this mod, you can quickly create accurate backgrounds for the main menu. If you want it to, it adds them to your texturepack directly. The mod also allow you to make panorama images of various types. With the help of Photoshop or GIMP, you can even make your world look like a planet! If you are interested in animation, you have the ability to make timelapses of anything that you can make an image of.
The mod edits edits the "GuiMainMenu" class (blq.class) to remove the blur from the the background. This class will probably conflict with any mod that changes the main menu. In case you're using such a mod, you can just skip this file. (remove it from the zip before you drag and drop) Doing so will not break anything. I might put it up as a separate download if it'is common, so please tell me if you do.
With the changes in the new launcher, I reccommend using Magic Launcher, but if you want to install the mod manually, follow the video in the spoiler.
This video describes how to install mods on Windows and doesn't seem to work on Mac.
You can use any zip-program, but using WinRAR you do the following:
- Close Minecraft if it's open
- Go to %appdata%\.minecraft\bin
- Right click minecraft.jar and select Open with/WinRAR
- Delete the folder META-INF (so the game doesn't freeze)
- Now open the mod's zip-file in the same way did before
- Drag and drop everything into minecraft.jar
- Open Terminal from Applications>Utilities
- Type in the following code, line by line:
jar xf ~/Library/Application\ Support/minecraft/bin/minecraft.jar
- Outside of terminal, drop the .class files into mctemp
- Back inside terminal, type in the following, line by line again:
jar uf ~/Library/Application\ Support/minecraft/bin/minecraft.jar ./
rm -rf mctmp
Is this a Forge mod? No. It's compatible, but doesn't use Forge and putting the zip in your mods folder will do nothing.Are your images in the wrong order? There's a fix for it in the "Known problems" section.[/list]
Latest Version - Download for Minecraft 1.6.2 (Forge compatible) Download with removed background blur (not compatible with Forge)
* This version is not compatible with Optifine (or the clay soldiers mod). Try other versions of this mod if you need it.
v2.3.9 - [1.6.2][list]
Fixed output folders and file names to match the new resource pack structure. (so it's possible to just drag the folder into the pack again)[/list]
v2.3.8 - [1.6.1]+[1.6.2]
Due to changes in Minecraft, automatically adding backgrounds to resource packs has been temporarily disabled. Also, the ability to capture images larger than the screen has stopped working.
v2.3.7 - [1.5.2][list]
Fixed a bug that prevented a texture pack from being automatically selected again after replacing its background.[/list]
v2.3.6 - [1.4.7]+[1.5.1][list]
Background blur removal has also been added in.[/list]
v2.3.5 - [1.4.6]
In preparation for the next real version, the source code for 2.3.4 was lost. Instead, all the following updates build from 2.3.2. (Don't pay attention to the version numbers for the following few releases, they got messed up)[list]
The ability to save backgrounds directly in a texture pack has been back added in.[/list]
v2.3.4 - [1.4.4/1.4.5][list]
Backgrounds can automatically be added to texturepacks again.Changed remember settings toggle to a reset button.[/list]
v2.3.3 - [1.4.2][list]
Added option to remove blur in the main menu panorama.Pressing Tab now also works to toggle between exact/rough settings.[/list]
v2.3.2 - Compatibility fix[list]
Fixed compatibility with OptiFine and Clay Soldiers.Added some more statistics to the pause menu.[/list]
v2.3.1 (Should have gotten its own version number (2.4) since it's a content update, but I derped. )[list]
Automatically increments image numbers now. (Prevents overwriting files) Works for both images and animations.Made the FoV slider wider for better precision.The key bind can now be changed in the mod settings.You can also choose to remove it from the controls menu. (It doesn't really fit the list anymore)Various minor changes.Fixed the preview FoV while flying.This is fixed. (Connected to the Optifine (in)compatibility)
* Not compatible with Optifine at the moment.
* Automatically adding backgrounds to texturepacks is broken and disabled for now.
v2.3 - General improvements[list]
I split the old way to save backgrounds into two new ways: Automatically adding it to the current texture pack or adding it to a specific texture pack. (No longer requires defining base/target texture packs as this was redundant)Orientation/pitch now defaults to where you are looking instead of to the south. (Single image Screenshot mode) Because of this, they're also not remembered anymore.Added a little easter egg.Renamed a few things.
Fixed a problem while saving backgrounds causing it to often fail completely.Fixed bug with single image mode that forced the width and height to be 256x256 instead of what was chosen.Fixed orientation button bahaving oddly.Removed the annoying little dot from the file paths.Removed the Auto FoV button because it seemed quite pointless.Fixed bug with the text fields when resizing the window.[/list]
v2.2.1 - Bug fixes[list]
Fixed FoV while flyingFixed taking a single image capturing two.Fixed manually entering the number of images changing the time instead.[/list]
v2.2 - Timelapse[list]
Added timelapse animation! (You set the number of images)Replaced the delay setting with a setting for time instead.Added a new menu for general settings.Added a setting (to the new menu) to force Minecraft to use the Max FPS mode while capturing images if it's not already enabled.Actually changed the name from "title screen background" to just "background" this time.It now displays the mod version.Changed the default names when saving texturepacks. As it was before, you could only make a background once without changing the names.
You can manually fix if your backgrounds turn out weired. (the setting for it is in the new menu)[/list]
v2.1.1 - Fixed bug when changing the orientation with buttons. (rotated you up/down)
v2.1 - Performance update mostly [1.2][list]
Added a option for Panorama+ type called "Sawtooth". It works similar to to "Fill".Images that have blank areas are now transparent instead of black.If you leave Minecraft, a pause menu will now appear showing how much is left and the time it has taken already. You can also pause with the p-key.There are now higher presets for columns.Renamed "Title Screen Background Mode" to just "Background Mode" Oops, I renamed the save file stuff, but forgot the button.
You can now use the lowest delay without ruining images, which gives a significant speed up.Fixed the cuts in backgrounds and some panoramas unless corrected with FoV. As a result, the FoV isn't needed for most modes anymore.Removed a bunch of unneccesary buttons after the two above mentioned changes.Fixed crashes with too high column values.[/list]
v2.0 - Major Update [1.1/1.0.0][list]
New GUINew panorama mode - Vertical PanoramaNew panorama type (part of Horizontal mode)Save textures directly to a texturepackRemember SettingsAdvanced Textboxes - Scrolling, Home/End and "Spell-Check" (Turns red when there's an error)Escape key exits out of taking screenshotsDelay option to reduce cuts caused by quick movement or speeding up long renders.Displays time takenPreview image sizeNow uses a default folder for saving called panoramas in the .minecraft folder.
The mod is now MCPatcher compatibleThe mod no longer forces you out of the minecraft windowPanoramas are no longer destroyed by leaving minecraft, it simply pauses the capturing instead.Manually compensating FoV for flying/on ground isn't needed anymoreAll settings don't have to be set each timeRemoved Ctrl-clicking for advanced settingsRemoved empty chatmessages[/list]
v1.2.2 - Conflict fix (optifine)
v1.2.1 - Bugfix
v1.2 - Added option for the number of pieces the panoramas are made up of.
v1.1 - Updated to version [1.0.0]
v1.0 - Initial release for [1.8.1]
(If you want to see how bad the mod looked in the beginning. XD)
Sunrise timelapse by Zinga, by using a high number of culumns
A planet made using the horizontal panorama mode and Photoshop.
The GUI in the screenshot mode.
Everything in the mod is accessed using the P-key.When the mod captures the images, it does a bunch of changes, such as hiding the HUD, changing FoV and resolution. Don't panic! Everything gets restored when it's done.Remember not to have any achievement messages open.When you take any sort of image, remember to let the terrain load!If you press escape, you will cancel taking imagesIf alt-tab out of minecraft, you will pause the image capturing.[/list]
Columns – How many screenshots that are taken while rotating 360 degrees horizontally. The more screenshots, the narrower each will be.Rows – How many screenshots that are taken vertically for each horizontal. It works the same as with the columns, the more the smaller.Resolution – The resolution is the same as both width and height of a single screenshot in a basic panorama panorama. When you increase the number of columns or rows, each screenshot will be narrower. Then instead, you can think of it as (roughly) a fourth of the width of the final image.Time - If you take a single image, a delay will be added evenly between all the pieces, so the image takes the set time to make. If you instead have more images, each image will be taken as quickly as possible, but with delay between the images instead. If you set the time lower than what your computer can handle, the images will simply be rendered without delay.Orientation – For horizontal panoramas the orientation is the leftmost point in the image. In the Panorama+ mode (and background mode), it is the ”center” of the image. (Try panorama+ with the Center setting to ”cross” and you will see where it is)Toggle Manual Settings - Changes the buttons into textboxes or sliders, so you can choose any custom value.Using the Textboxes:
When you toggle to manual settings, many of the usual buttons and sliders change. Besides orientation that becomes a slider, all buttons become textboxes. With these you can type in your own values for things instead of the presets. The textboxes in this mod are more advanced than the old ones were in Minecraft even though they aren't quite like the new ones yet, but it can be good to know the differences. Here is a list of the changes compared to the old ones.
You are able to scroll with left/right arrowsInfinitely long texts are allowed (for filepaths) - Only a part is seen, but the rest can be reached through scrolling.
Use Home/End keys to jump to beginning/endBesides backspace, delete also worksHolding a key will activate repeatingThe textbox turns red if something is wrong, for example if you are missing ".png" or if a number isn't valid.
The Different Modes
Note: This info is a bit old at the moment.
If you set Save to Texture pack to “no”, the images for the background will be saved in a folders. At the location you chose, it will create a folder called ”title” that everything will go into. You can then add the backgrounds to a texture pack later. Remember that you are selecting a folder and not a file!
If you instead set Save to Texture pack to ”yes”, it will do the work for you.
There are two files that you need to select. First, you need to find where the texture pack you want to add the background to is. This is the target texture pack. If you choose a file that doesn’t exist, it will create a new texture pack, otherwise it will overwrite the old one. Also, you probably want to set up a texture pack where all the textures are taken from. This is the base texture pack. You don’t have to use your current texture pack’s textures if you don’t want to, but most likely you will. If you choose a file that doesn’t exist, you will get a texture pack with only the background (and default textures). You can’t overwrite an existing texture pack without loading textures, in case you just mistyped something.
If you replace your current texture pack, you will see your textures changing to the default ones after a little while. When it changes back, the background has been added.
Summary of the settings[list]
Resolution - You can change the resolution if you toggle manual settings. You might want to do this for a HD texture pack, but otherwise, don’t change it.Orientation - This decides where the background will start spinning.Save to texture pack – Whether you save the background as a folder with images or put it directly in a texture pack.[/list]
Horizontal Panorama - Panoramas, Timelapses and Planets
The horizontal panorama mode creates a typical panorama, the one you recognize from photos, showing your world 360 degrees around you. Unlike other modes, by default this mode ignores the sky and the ground. The images that the mode produces are wide, but not that high, so they are ideal for things like a banner.
The most simple type of panorama is made out of four square screenshots, one in each direction. These are put together next to each other making a simple panorama. The advantage with these are that they are really quick to do. Even at the highest resolution (preset), they only take a second to make one.
Summary of the Settings[list]
Resolution – Set this to whatever you want.Orientation – The images are taken left -> right and the direction you set this to will be the starting point. If you want something special to be in the panorama, set the orientation away from it. Otherwise, it will be split in two at the ends of the panorama.Columns: Set this to 4Rows: Keep it at 1Time: Use "As quick as possible".[/list]
Rounded panorama Quick description: Increase the column number and you have a rounded panorama.
The square panorama looks kind of odd if you would compare it to a photo panorama. It stretches in certain areas and isn’t rounded at all. If you want to make a panorama that looks rounded, you will need to increase the number of columns. Although you always capture 360 degrees, you can adjust the number of screenshots that are taken along the way. Each screenshot will then become narrower. The more columns you use, the rounder the image looks, but also the longer it takes to make. With high settings, it might take 10-15 seconds to make one, but it depends a lot on your computer.
Since each screenshot is narrower, this means that most of the screen will be black. It is never completely black; the active part of the window is simply very small and in the top left corner. Another thing to think about when you use more columns is that you get more borders between each image captured. If something is moving on that border, it might get cut into pieces. On the other hand though, with smaller screenshots each screenshot take less time to make, so it might not have time to move!
Summary of the Settings[list]
Resolution – Choose anything. It has a slight effect on the time it takes.Orientation - Do the same as with the square panorama.Columns – You can pick any number of columns and it will be more rounded than the default 4, but I reccommend using 25 or higher. The most extreme values don’t make much difference besides boosting the time it takes, so values above 200 are probably just pointless.Rows – Keep it at 1Time - If you aren't doing timlapse images or animations, you can leave it at the default. ("As quick as possible")[/list]
Equirectangular panorama (360x180 panorama) Quick description: Increase the number of rows.
As long as you have the row setting set to 1, you will only see half of what is between your feet and the sky right above you. This means that if you try to make a planet out of a rounded panorama, you will create a vortex, because you are trying to stitch together the ground below you without actually seeing it.
To fix this, you can increase the number of rows. Whenever you have two or more rows, you will get the full height of the image. When you do this, it is important to think of that the column value suddenly becomes very important. If you have a too low setting, the bottom and top of the panorama will be jagged, so try to always use many columns.
Whenever you double either the number of columns or the number of rows, you double the total amount of screenshots you take. This means that 4*400 should take the same time as 2*800 even though the later will looks much less jagged. The reason you increase the row value is because it keeps the image from stretching. This isn’t as obvious though so go for the columns as much as possible. The only reason you keep the rows’/columns’ value low is to save time.
Summary of the Settings[list]
Resolution – Think about what resolution you use, if you think it takes long,Orientation - Do the same as with the square panorama.Columns – It is important to keep this as high as possible, at least 100 at all times. 200-800 is the best.Rows – I recommend 4, but use 2 if you want to save time.Time - Unless you are making a timelapse, keep the default.[/list]
The vertical panorama works much like the rounded panorama, but rotated. The only differences are that you are changing the rows instead of columns and that you don't capture a 360 shot.
Panorama+ - Three different types
While this is probably the most odd mode and mostly is just an experiment for fun, it does have one useful feature. It can be used as an alternative to an equirectangular panorama when making planets if you're using the Flexify plugin. If you are going to make a planet timelapse, this is definitely the way to go, because it simply takes too long time otherwise.
This mode has two unique settings. The mode setting that has the options Cross/Fill/Sawtooth and the center option that can be either down, forward or up.
The Cross option is the most simple type, it is a horizontal panorama with the ground and the sky extending in the “middle”. The Fill setting works pretty much the same, only for all directions. This can be a bit confusing though. Finally the sawtooth option is a variation of Fill where you only see the part of the sky/ground that is in front of you in a cone (sort of), so everything is only shown once.
The second setting determines where you want the center of the image to be. Forward is the default, but if you pick up/down instead, the panorama will be doing a loop.
This mode is not much different from a normal screenshot, but with some settings to play with.
Summary of the Settings[list]
Height/Width - Lots of presets for height/width, so you can pick the resolution of your monitor if you want to make a wallpaper.Orientation – Toggle Manual settings for better control.Pitch – In this mode you can control how high you are looking too.Field of View – Have fun with this! You can restore it with the button to the right of it.[/list]
Guides Timelapse Image
When you are doing timelapse images, you can use either a rounded panorama or an equirectangular panorama. (Both are types of horizontal panoramas.) Before you continue, if you haven't already, look at how the one you chose works.
The main control when doing a timelapse is in the time setting. How long it should take depends on what you want to capture, and it's important to think about the timing. If you are making a panorama of a sunrise and want to have the transition in the middle, you need think of both when you start and how long it should be.
I recommend using a local server or using Single Player Commands so you are able to change the time of the day, it’s much easier than having to wait 10/20 minutes, because you started late or put some setting wrong. Also, keep in mind that you will have to protect yourself from your surroundings. You will be spinning around for minutes, so make sure nothing can push or hurt you. If you move, the image will get ruined.
Since you are going to spend quite a while capturing the image, you can exaggerate the usual settings a bit if you want to. If you don't, it will just wait instead, so why not go with a higher resolution or a higher number of columns / rows?
There are two parts to doing a timelapse animation, first you need to create a series of images within Minecraft, but then you will also need to put them together to a movie or a gif or what it is you want to do. The second step can be done in many ways, which depend on what programs you have available. Many programs cost money and some only work on specific OS, so it's hard to find something that works for everyone. I'm going to describe how you can do it with VirtualDub, which is free but unfortunately only works for Windows. Before you start, you can download it from here.
Since we are taking tons of images, a good start is to create a folder where all the images will go, so you don't get a big mess. For the most part, capturing many images works exactly like usual. There are two settings that have to do specifically with timelapses; the time and the number of images. The time depends a lot on what you want to capture but you always get the number of images from the time your final video should take multiplied by its framerate. If you are doing very advanced panoramas, it limits how quickly you can capture images, so keep that in mind. You might have to lower the settings to keep the fps up. Doing planets the usual way for example will simply never work. (I will write later about doing it another way with the help of flexify)
Once you've set everything up, you just have to let it run and it will start filling up your folder with numbered images.
Putting the images together is actually very simple. Inside VirtualDub, there are only three steps you need to go through. You can read more here.[list]
Go to File &amp;--#62; Open video file... and pick the first image in the sequence. (e.g. panorama0.png) VirtualDub will now load all the images as a video file.You can change the framerate via Video &amp;--#62; Framerate if you want to.Finally just go to File &amp;--#62; Save as AVI... and you are done![/list]
Using only the mod and Photoshop, you can create some pretty neat-looking planets and you can also make the world look like a big well.
Before you can start doing anything in Photoshop, you need an image to work with. Look at the instructions for making “equirectangular” panoramas (360x180) to see how you do.
You can start by loading the image into Photoshop.
The first thing you need to do is make sure that the image is the square. Change the height so it is the same as the width.
For the next step, you will have to choose whether to make a planet or a well. If you want to make a planet, you should rotate the image 180 degrees. If you want to make a well, skip this step.
Now it’s time to turn it into a planet/well. You use the filter Polar Coordinates to make the effect. A window will pop up. You should just have to press “OK”, but make sure that “rectangular to polar” is selected.
By now you could call it done, but depending on your image you might want to do a bit more work.
The originally square image has been made into a circle, but to fill the corners, it stretches the edge pixels straight out. If you have a blue sky, this won’t show, but if you have something above your head such as a ceiling, a tree or clouds, it can look ugly. (The image below has the sun stretched)
There are several things you can do to make this look better, so I’m just going to give some general guidelines.
To start out, select the circle by dragging from corner to corner with the elliptical marquee tool. It’s usually hidden behind the rectangular marquee tool, so you need to swap them first. (Press and hold on the icon)
Invert the selection to have the corners selected.
Now, you can do a few different things. If you are outdoors and want to keep it as a square image, you could make the selected area look like the sky by sampling a color from close to the edge, pressing delete to bring up the fill dialog and change "Use" to Foreground Color. If you don’t want this, you can replace it with transparency. To do this you need to first make sure your layer isn’t a background layer. Right-click on it and choose “Layer from Background”.
After that, press delete and you’re done.
Now there are other ways of doing this. Floppy_gunk for example made one with blurred edges so it looks almost like an atmosphere. Do what you feel like, there’s no “right” way.
Complete rewrite of the mod.Planets inside the mod.Combining a lot of menus.Removing the screenshot feature. (Sorry, but there are other mods that do the same thing. Mineshot, Camera Studio[/list]
The thread is a bit outdated, so I will try to clear it up once some of the new features have been implemented.I am going to make a video about animated planets when I get time, but it has been it is currently put on hold while the mod is being developed more, (I have a few features I want in the mod before I do the video).[/list]
If the images are not in the right order when you make a background. (The sky is below you in the menu) Changing the "Correction" setting in the mod settings should fix it.This is a common issue, but I still don't know what is causing it, so I'd be grateful for any ideas.
If you get black lines whenever you capture images larger than the screen, there's no setting to fix it such as with the shifted images. It's most likely outside of my control. Updating Java could possibly help.If your screen saver starts while you're capturing images, you might start getting NullPointerExceptions in the chat.[/list]
Support The Mod
You may use the mod for anything want, (mod packs for example) except straight out stealing it. You don't have to ask for permission, but if you want to tell me what you are using it for, I'm all ears!
If you find any bugs in the mod, faults in this thread or you have a suggestion, please write about it and I'll see what I can do!
Constructive criticism is one thing I haven't gotten a lot of, so if there's anything you don't like about the mod, don't hesitate to write about it.
Hey this is a good idea but it is not that hard to do it manuly and it might cos lag to.
I agree that it isn't too difficult to do yourself, however doing it accurately takes time and effort. I don't think the mod will cause any lag while playing, since it doesn't do anything when it's not actively being used.
Cool! I like how you made it. I've been thinking of adding vertical panoramas, but I've hesitated because I couldn't decide how I should make them. I have some ideas, and we'll see how it ends up like. It's on my to-do list now. :smile.gif:
Here's a screenshot from my first test with in-game GUI. (Only the canel button does anything yet. :wink.gif:)
PS. Is it just me or do you always have to refresh the page to get the images to resize? Maybe I have too many big images...
I've added a new settings for controlling the number of separate images that the panorama is made up of. This allows you to make panoramas more like the ones you are used to seeing, that are much rounder. This means that there aren't any obvious cuts in the image and it's able to take good images at sunrise/sunset. It also takes good close-up/indoor panoramas without changing the field of view.
I decided to finish this feature before continuing with the GUI. I will also somewhere along the line throw in a vertical panorama mode which should have this new setting too.
If you want to read more about the setting, you can go here.
This is a great mod. I love it and it is really useful. Only complaint I have is that I keep getting a error.
What am I doing wrong?
I've had errors like this before when you use too high resolutions and I've noticed that this type of errors seem to have become more common recently. I assumed it was the same error, but from your report it seems to be a new bug. Thanks for pointing it out, I'll look into it. :smile.gif: