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A Photosynth 2 Overview with David Gedye

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    I'm hoping the Windows Phone app is allowed to do more than just simple panoramas.

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    @carlomendoza:All that needs to happen is for the Photosynth team to update the mobile apps to allow us to upload multiple photos from our camera roll and also get WebGL on the phone.

    Right now, the preview is web-only, but I don't expect the apps to take long to update.

    The viewer is a bit more of a question mark. Internet Explorer 11 needs to get ported to Windows Phone 8 before the guys can use WebGL on the phone.

    Windows Phone 7 may likely be sadly out of luck, even though the Interactive Visual Media guys at MSR had another version of this running on it back in 2011.

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    What is wrong with the sample videos ?
    I get an error "Error : Video could not be decoded"
    I am using windows 8.1 and IE11 with latest updates !!!

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    @freefly: Try viewing them at,  I don't know much about the Photosynth player, but for me it shows up as a HTML 5 video player

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    @freefly: You need to be on a device that can use WebGL to view these properly. If you're on a device that doesn't support WebGL it degrades to show the Photosynth path as a MP4, but that's not the real experience.  

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    @LarryLarsen: I've actually experienced the same thing on a number of sites using IE 11.

    I asked about it on Photosynth's forum and Henri Astre from the Photosynth team told me: 

    "Are you using IE11?

    There is a bug in IE11 which is preventing an iframe to run in IE11 mode (thus with WebGL) when the parent page is rendered in a lower mode (IE10 for ex).
    The iframe page is rendered with the rendering mode of the parent page.
    So this is why an iframe (embed) can be rendered with the mp4 fallback video but clicking on the logo to view the synth will use the webgl viewer (as the view page on is rendered using IE11 mode).


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    Hoping that I don't have to download from SkyDrive (MS) and re-upload to MS, then the cloud processing makes real sense.

    Also would be cool to video a scene and let the algorithm just pull out the overlapping stills from the stream.

    Great stuff, does this mean a better Bing Streetside experience?

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    By the way, was the cloud processing decision led by the need to secure the IP from reverse engineering?

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    These demos should be working now with IE11

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