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Immersive Photography (Virtual reality photography) Please allow our web site to install the plug in when asked to do so, this is needed so that you can view our immersive images.

To the right there is an examples of immersive photography. Click and drag to rotate the picture. The photograph can be viewed through 360 degrees horizontally and vertically.

Immersive Photography is a panoramic image (larger than 180 degree horizontal) displayed using software which allows the viewer to step inside the image, interactively pan around and look at it in different directions.The image also changes perspective so that you actually get the feeling of looking around. This enables you to significantly enhance situational awareness and provide the highest level of functionality for viewing, capturing and analyzing visual data.

Displaying Immersive Imagery
To display an immersive image you will need to use a small program 'plug in'.

We have a number of different ways of displaying our images. Depending on your requirements some may suit you better than others. Below we have listed the different formats we can work with and show examples of each.


The following are formats that we can work with.

QuickTime - Full Screen Demo - Small Demo

DevalVR - Full Screen Demo - Small Demo

Flash - Full Screen Demo - Small Demo

Java - Full Screen Demo - Small Demo - Lens Flare Demo

Auto detection Javascript

DevalVR & QuickTime - Full Screen Demo

DevalVR, QuickTime, Flash, Java & Spi-V - Full Screen Demo

To view a Full Screen Image (high res)
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on either of the following
Flash - DevalVR - Quicktime


Why use virtual tours?
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Pros and Cons

Flash is by far the most installed plugin of them all. "Adobe® Flash® Player is the world's most pervasive software platform, used by over 2 million professionals and reaching over 98.8% of Internet-enabled desktops in mature markets as well as a wide range of devices." Quote taken from the Adobe website - http://www.adobe.com/products/player_census/flashplayer/

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There is much we can do with Flash, for example we can add cusomised toolbars and links within the image. Click here for examples.

QuickTime is possibly the most used method for displaying VR images. It has a nice solid feel about it. The software is very popular for media on the internet, many new computers have it pre-installed and thousands of people are installing it alongside i-Tunes for there i-Pods.

The only downside with this software is that it is more of a program that a plugin. The current version 7.2 download for windows XP is 19.3mb.
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DevalVR is a browser plugin to view all type of 360º panoramic pictures, 3D topographic maps and other 3D interactive contents on Internet. It has a more fluid feel than QuickTime, when you release your mouse button then image will gradually slow to a standstill. The huge advantage with DevalVR is that the download is very small at only 200kb and is very quick and easy to install.

It uses QuickTime files to display images so there is no need for us to produce a different file from QuickTime which is handy if you want to offer both QuickTime and DevalVR for your images - saving you web space.

The one problem is that DevalVR is hardly known of by most people which might put them off downloading it. This can be overcome by clearly explaining on your website what it is that they need to download and that it is fine to do so. Quite often this is all that is needed, by not saying anything people will be more cautious about it. DevalVR will not run on an Apple Mac so often used along side a QuickTime viewer.
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Java is similar to Flash in the amount of computers that have it installed.
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Using Auto detect code is a tidy way for you to present your VR images. Rather than having two or more links to different viewers only one link is required. Javascript detects if any of the viewers are already installed on the computer and if so will use one of those. If nothing is already installed then the javascript will prompt a download of DevalVR as it is quick to download and easy to install.

The DevalVR & QuickTime auto detect code is fairly simple for us to produce as the file used for both viewers is a QuickTime one.

If you would like to use the option that detects between the 5 different viewers then this will add some time to our editing so will incur an extra cost. Also if you were to decide on this option then you need to consider the web space required to store the images. All the files required will add up to around 10mb per image.

One drawback of this method is that there is a slight delay before the image loads while the javascript checks the computer for plugins. This will vary depending on the speed on the computer but is usually around 2-8 seconds.

SPi-V is fieldOfView's hardware accelerated panoramic viewing engine. The engine was build on a solid and extensible multimedia core provided by Macromedia's acclaimed Shockwave 3D.
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Quality

Sphereworks can offer three different quality solutions. The impressive high resolution full screen immersive image or two smaller version depending on your requirements and budget. Please contact us for prices.

Click here for our Good, Better, Best demo for our immersive photography.

Other Products
Once the spherical image has been created we can produce a number of different still images from it, an example can be found above, of an Equirectangular Projection. More information.

File Sizes.
Full screen high resolution immersive images will be anything between 1.5mb to 3mb each.
Small low resolution images are around 300kb to 600kb each.

Virtual Tours
These are put together using either low or high res immersive images, or a combination of both. They can have links on a map (provided by client). This mini web site can easily be added to an existing web site. Please click here for details.

Hot spots can be added within the images to pop up info or link to another image or website. The images can be automated with DevalVR to rotate and zoom as in the image of the reading room above. Also sound can be added to the immersive image.

quicktime devalvr Flash

 

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