WOW! Thanks for the tutorial!!!
Hey, very very cool. This will help a lot of people, thanks very much!
I think this should be on the wiki!!!
Maybe you could make the blender file available for download. Then it would just be a matter of changing the background sky image, since the cameras and other parameters would be already set up in the .blend file.
Yeah, I'll provide the files as well
I didn't see what kind of image was being loaded as the background. Was it a sphere-mapped image? (maybe a link to that site could be posted too), but if you DO have a sphere mapped image, a program that will give you the corresponding six-image cube map is:
"Cube the sphere"
Did you see the entire video xD . If you watch it in fullscreen you'll see clearly the part I show where you can find the image and how to load it in blender. It's not a sphere-mapped, it's an AndMap(Angular Mapping), if you type "free hi res skymaps" on google, the first thing you'll see is this very useful link :
Here is the AngMap I used to create the skymaps(north, south, west,east,top, bottom) :
“Cube the sphere”
Its free and can be found by doing a Google search.
I have found it gives very good results for the jME sky box.
Good, but this software uses simple sphere maps to create the skymaps. In that tutorial, I used HDRI AngMaps in High Resolution(5000x5000), and it's rendered in Blender 3D, it means you can add more stuffs in scene to make the skymaps more interesting, like adding landscapes, cg effects, whatever you want.
And paste a blend file to the wiki!
I have also found Vue Infinity for creating skybox. It has a Personal learning edition and its free for non-commercial use. But, Vue’s output was horizontal or vertical single image. But later on I found another tool named Vu2U which converts that single image to 6 separate images.
Nice, but I still prefer the hi res HDRI Angular Maps .