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What is VR photography?

A Word About Virtual Tours

Since the dawn of the web in the early 1990's, internet advocates have argued that one of the Web's most powerful applications would be to open up new worlds to people and help them easily experience new places. 

A survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 45% of online American adults have taken advantage of this internet application and taken virtual tours of another location online... On a typical day more than two million people are using the internet to take a virtual tour. See the full report

Applications of VR

Every day, around the world, VR is reaching more people with; home tour's, resorts, e-commerce catalogs, auto demonstrations, education, movie's, crime scene's, military planning, artwork, or just having fun.

Panoramic Prints: Creating a panoramic movie requires that a still image be created prior to making it into a navigable VR projection. The still image can be printed for several uses including an art print, use in a brochure, POP displays, large group photos, and other printed matter.

VR Panoramas: These are also known as "navigable movies", because you can pan left or right and zoom in or out. One of the features of VR panoramic movies is the small file size, in comparison to video files of the same subject. If you were to compare a video file of the same location and a VR panoramic movie, the difference is significant. But, the primary feature of VR panoramic movies is the ability to place someone in a location that they can freely navigate without having to travel to that location.

Object Movies: One of the best uses of VR object movies is catalogs for e-commerce sites and CD-ROM's.

Audio & Video Enhancements: You can add audio and video to a VR tour.

Complete Scenes: By combining all these elements, you cancreate a complete store online, complete with products in a your store just like it is, or isn't. If you don't have a storefront or showroom, you can create one with 3D software.

Integration: There are a growing number of ways to integrate VR into existing marketing efforts; web site and CD-ROM or DVD. There are many software tools that are used for authoring VR content, including Stichers, Players and Tour Building software. Additional HTML editors such as Dreamweaver, BBEdit, and others are also used. Authoring tools used for CD-ROM and DVD are Director, Adobe Acrobat, iShell, Apple DVD Pro, and some other discontinued software applications such as mTropolis and Quark Immedia.

How to navigate

VR Panoramas and Tours

To view VR Panoramas, there are some cursors you should become familiar with. When you look at the image, you should see a bar of cursors below it and looks like this (graphic of cursor). All of the cursors have a description that appears in the bar to the right of the 4-way arrow when you place the mouse over the cursor icon.

The first cursor to the far left is a "Back" button that looks like this (graphic of cursor). When viewing a multi-node tour, clicking on this will take you back to the previous node. This cursor will be disabled if you have not clicked on a link/hot-spot.

The next cursor to the right is a "Zoom Out" cursor and looks like this (graphic of cursor). By clicking on this cursor, you can zoom out , or back away from your current view. You can also do this by holding down the "Control" key and clicking the mouse button at the same time.

The next cursor to the right is a "Zoom In" cursor and looks like this (graphic of cursor). By clicking on this cursor, you can zoom in, or move forward from your current view. You can also do this by holding down the "Shift" key and clicking the mouse button at the same time.

The next cursor to the right is a "Hot-Spot" cursor and looks like this (graphic of cursor). By clicking on this cursor, you can see hot-spots that link to other nodes. By clicking on this cursor, you can see where the hot-spots are.

The next cursor to the right is a "Rotate" cursor and looks like this (graphic of cursor). By clicking on this cursor, you will be able rotate objects just like you would if you held it in your hand.

The "down arrow" at the far right will let you find out more information about the VR projection you are viewing. This may not be visible in all players.