Create Your Own HD View Content 

Creating and hosting your own HD View content is not difficult. There are a number of reasons to do this and a number of ways to create and host the content.

Reason and method 1: Single Images are Large

Cameras now produce 8, 10, even 16 Megapixel images. These are generally too large to want to ask a browser to download in a single shot. In addition, most monitors can only display 1-2 million pixels so this is wasteful. Turning your high resolution image into an HD View pyramid can be done with this simple tool. The result is a hierarchy of small jpeg files, and a web page and xml file to host the data. Simply drop the result on your server, and point people at the html. They can then explore your image and see all the detail, while making it very difficult to download the full resolution image.

Some more detailed notes on the generated files can be found here.

Reason and method 2: Panoramas can be even bigger.

Panoramas can be created with specialized cameras such as the Panoscan or Spheron rigs. They can also be created by stitching together multiple normal images.  We offer a stitching tool, the Microsoft Image Composite Editor, that can directly generate HD View content.  Other tools such as Windows Live Photo Gallery, or PTgui can also be used.  Click here for a note on creating HD View content with Windows Live Photo Gallery, or click here for a note on creating HD View content with PTGui.

Once stitched they are often very large, and more importantly they cover a very wide field of view. HD View provides the means to view such images both as wide angle imagery in cylindrical or spherical projections and with perspective projections when zoomed in. Simply use this tool to convert your panorama to an HD View data set and you are ready to host it.

Method 3: You use Photoshop.

Use the Photoshop plugin described here.


Hosting Your HD View Content 

Let's say you've used one of the above 3 methods to create a web page called "Flowers".  Here's what the content directory would look like:

flowers content

Note: if you created content for HD View only you won't see HDViewSL.xap, which is used for HD View SL only. Also you may have just one XML file if you created HD View only or HD View SL/Deep Zoom only content.

Now that you have your content you're ready to upload it to a web server. Once you've uploaded the content you can embed an iframe in your blog as described here, or use flowers.htm as a stand-alone web page.