Full Dome Video In Maya

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  08 August 2006
Full Dome Video In Maya

Hello everyone. I am currently the Planetarium Producer for the CocaCola Space Science Center in Georgia and would like to know if anyone has ideas or experience rendering output from Maya for a full dome theater. What formats to use, any helpful plugins, or even the different steps to take from outputting a completed aninmation in Maya to viewing it in a full dome theater with 4096x4096 pixel resolution. Thanks
  08 August 2006
I worked on animations for dome theaters about 8 years ago.

In maya my camera rig was 5 cameras, front, back, left, right, top, each 90 degree cameras. The people who made the dome theater(SkySkan in NH) had their own stitching software that would warp the 5 into a single image. Which is essentially the same thing as making a spherical reflection map.

Another option that some people had started to use with Mental Ray after I left was a fish eye lense shader that will capture a 180 degree dome. I never used the method since mental ray was still in early beta at the time for maya 2.0.


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