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Panoramic Rendering in Blender 2.7


A little known feature is Blender is the ability to render in 360 degrees. Recently I tried to find a tutorial on doing this and only found one short article on doing so. So I decided I would give try my hand at tutorials and tell everyone how to do it. So here it goes!

The first thing to do is make sure you have a completely 360 degree scene. In my case I created a sky dome with a simple blue gradient texture. And made sure that I had my floor plane covering the entire area under the dome.

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Now we can set the camera settings. First set the Focal Length to 5mm, if you go to camera view (0 NumPad) It should look very far away compered to the default 35mm lens.

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You guessed it! Now we are going to set the lens to "Panoramic". and the type to "Equirectangular" Now you will need to make sure the camera is still how you want it, and not going through any walls or anything. Since all these extreme settings can really mess things up.

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Now you will need to set the render resolution to 2048x1024 I would recommend setting this higher if you plan on using it for anything like IBL. as this is very low for HDRs.
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Now hit render and tada! You have a full 360 degree render. You can even use it for IBL for other scenes.

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Here is a render I did using this HDR in Blender. As you can see it works really well!:
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I hope you learned something new from this. Now go have fun rendering your own HDRs!

Note: This feature currently works only with the Cycles render engine. Other renders will not work.
Quick tutorial on a fun feature of Blender. :D
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Fritsl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
If you needed to do 6 images: Up, Down, Left, Right, Front, Back so they could form a cube (Skybox for Unity).. and keep the perspective of the lens (so it's not looking like being inside of a box, but inside of a sphere though it is a box) and make 6 images that would stitch perfectly together.. AND you'd HAVE to use cycles.. then, how would you do this? Thanks a bunch :)
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm not entirely sure. But I believe i've heard its possible. Try searching Google for it and on BlenderArtists.
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barefoot1129 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have been looking for a tutorial like this for the game I'm writing. I love what i can do in render but get a little frustrated when i can make it translate over to game mode.
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hope this helps :)
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LauraMartinArt Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Make more tutorials!
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
If I can find something to teach
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LauraMartinArt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
My dear boy, lemme tell you a little something about fame. *slimy businessperson voice* You gotta keep feeding the fans even if you don't have anything much to say. You gotta keep 'em hooked.  ;)
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well I am doing another one! Just waiting to post it!
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LauraMartinArt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
why waiting?
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So I can submit it to BlenderNation. The guy that runs it is on vacation for a few weeks.
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LauraMartinArt Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student General Artist
aah.
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BrentOGara Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tut! I'll have to try this sometime.
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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BrentOGara Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome!
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rlocatelli Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you!! It's an important resource.
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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LoByteSo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! Thank you! 
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Glad you liked it :D
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LoByteSo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure! It's really helpful:-)
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kaerhon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
blender can export .hdr
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kaerhon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
and you should say it's for cycles (like, in the introduction)
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I guess your right.
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah meant to change that. did some research later and found that out. 
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blendernauta Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, RT. Good for my next scenes as personalized IBL. Thank you.
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No problem :) glad it worked for you!
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blendernauta Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;) (Wink) Thank you very much, Regus-Ttef.  It would be useful to illuminate my next scenes in a personalized manner.
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome ;) and yes, its very good for that.
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Ctaskatas Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Technically, it is a 180 degree view.
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Gorion103 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's 360°. Equirectangular is 360°x180° view.
Proof: link1   link2
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Ctaskatas Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I placed a cone both in front and in back of the camera, equal distances. Yet, I could see a large amount of plane and one cone, but not the one behind.
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
If you follow the tutorial. It should turn out 360. Could you send me the rendered image?
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Ctaskatas Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, ill try.
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ABlipinTime Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No problem :)
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AbdouBouam Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
does it work on cycles? the last time i checked it was only availible for blender internal and it gave some glitches when the tile size is a little big
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, it works in cycles. If fact I've never tried it in BI. But in Cycles it works perfectly :)
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AbdouBouam Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
cool, when was it implemented? i searched for it in 2.69 but i couldn't find anything :|
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Its been in for awhile now. I remember reading an article about it on BlenderNation about 6 months ago.
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AbdouBouam Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
well, i didn't find it in 2.69 but i found it now with blender 2.71, thanks for the tutorial :D it will help me create the hdr lighting setup i wanted :D
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RegusMartin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No problem :) and great!
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AbdouBouam Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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