How is the virtual photo tour made and why?
A virtual photo tour helps the user to explore a space and properly envision it in order to make decisions. Virtual tours are often used in real estate presentations - apartments, homes, commercial spaces and land plots. All of them can be better and more accurately demonstrated with a virtual photo tour. Another industry that commonly utilizes virtual tours is the tourism industry, where beautiful hotel room panoramas give potential guests precise views of their vacation accommodations. Virtual photo tours are also used in medical, educational, and manufacturing fields.
To create a virtual photo tour, the photographer goes to the site and shoots panoramic photos with a special camera. After the photos have been taken, they are sent to SkatSkat file processing team for editing and bonding. At the same time, a virtual photo tour design concept is also created, according to the clients's style book and project objectives. After this, the virtual photo tours are programmed in HTML5 format by an IT specialist, also adding project navigation, information windows and a map. Next, the project is uploaded to the server and a link is sent to the client, who is then able to add it on their website, Facebook profile, and/or advertising portal as well as open it on a mobile phone. A separate file format can also be presented as a smartphone application, as well as on large-format touch-screens. In addition, the 360 degree photo tour file may be used to develop a virtual reality application.
How is the 360 video made, and why?
360 video enables the user to experience things that commonly remain out of view, to be in the very center of the action and to feel the environment. 360 videos are a great marketing and communications tool that allows your story to be told in a new format and captures the user. Currently, companies in a broad range of fields use 360 video as a promotional and communications tool.
To produce a 360 video, a precise script is first created, then a director of photography films the necessary footage. 360 videos are filmed with special equipment that captures the action simultaneously in 360 degrees.
360 videos are harder to shoot in dark conditions, but the image quality is very good in natural, bright outdoor lighting and well-lit indoor spaces as well as on green screens. After the 360 video has been taken, it is sent to the file processing team for scene binding. After binding and final assembly is carried out, picture processing and editing takes place.
As 360 video has 4 to 14 times more video material, the mounting, editing, processing and exporting of the video is a lot more time-consuming than for a basic video format.
Lastly, the video is exported to mp4 or .mov format, which can then be uploaded to a special Youtube and/or Facebook platform with a specific 360 video capacity.
A 360 video file can also be used to develop a virtual reality application.
How are the 3D virtual tour and 3D model made and why?
In a situation where a business idea or a physical environment does not exist, a 3D model can be created, also known as CGI (computer generated imager). The 3D model is designed to enable a person to see this environment, to explore, understand and decide.
3D models are often created for the the real estate industry, where architects can reflect the new project ideas, interior designers can present the space layout and real estate developers can showcase properties after their completion.
Based on the 3D model a virtual 3D tour, photo, virtual reality application and video can be created.
To build a 3D model, the property must first have precise building, interior and site territory drawings, from which the 3D modellers establish the model geometry, accurate to the centimetre. Following these geometries, 3D modeller adds textures both in form of materials such as wood, concrete, marble and paint colors. With these textures in place, an interior 3D model and a 3D surrounding area with precise geometries and characteristics can also be added.
To conserve resources, however, if there is a need for specific objects they can be crafted in any form and material.
Once the 3D model is complete, the modeller performs the rendering. First, 3D images are rendered and after, the 3D 360 panoramas, from which the virtual 3D tour is then programmed in HTML5, adding project navigation, information windows and a map. Next, the project is uploaded to the server and a link is sent to the client, who is then able to add it on their website, Facebook profile, and advertising portal as well as open it on a mobile phone. A separate file format can also be presented as a smartphone application, as well as on large-format touch-screens.
From a complete 3D virtual tour a 3D video is rendered - a bird’s eye view of the real-estate property. Before the video rendering, a precise script is prepared with several draft-renders to ensure the video reflects all that’s necessary. Once the video is rendered, it is mounted, animation and texts are added, and it is exported to mp4 or mov. format. The video can be uploaded to YouTube or any other video storage site.
The 3D model can be be used to develop a very impressive virtual reality application in all 3D virtual tour, 360 3D video and full 3D walk-through formats.
How is the air 360 made and why?
In order to better show the surroundings, perspectives, or simply reflect things not visible from the common view point, 360 panoramas are taken from up in the air, with specifically adapted drones.
Air 360 panoramas are most used in real-estate as well as tourism industries.
To take a photo, film a video, or capture a 360 panorama, the drone pilot and the videographer visit the site. For quality results good weather is key, as the drone will not fly in rain or windy conditions. After the 360 panorama has been shot, the file is sent to the processing team for photo editing and bonding. At this point, it is programmed into a virtual tour in HTML5 format by an IT specialist, creating project navigation, adding information windows, a map, or by adding a particular 360 panorama. Next, the project is uploaded to the server and a link is sent to the client, who is then able to add it on their website, Facebook profile, and/or advertising portal, as well as open it on a mobile phone. A separate file format can also be presented as a smartphone application, as well as on large-format touch-screens.
The 360 air panoramic file may be used to develop a virtual reality application.
How is the virtual reality application made and why?
At this point, virtual reality is one of the most influential technologies in the world and could become an everyday commodity in the next five years. More than any other technology, virtual reality allows you to completely fall into the virtual environment, to feel and experience it in a way that has not been possible until now. Currently, virtual reality is a great advertising, communications, and presentations tool utilized by companies from various fields. Real-estate and gaming industries are starting to apply it in more and more practical and efficient ways.
To develop a virtual reality application, a virtual environment must be created from 360-photos, 360 videos and/or 3D modelling technologies. Upon the creation of the environment, the programmer generates the navigation system, adds an information map, plus a wide range of interactive features. Next, the project is exported to Android or iOS applications or uploaded to specialty virtual reality stores such as Oculus Shop.
Virtual reality content can be viewed both on mobile devices with special virtual reality glasses like Samsung VR gear, and on computer accessory devices like Facebook-owned Oculus Rift.
How are the touch screens and touchscreen applications built and why?
Large touch-screens are a fascinating way to access information, present products, or to explain specific solutions. The touch-screens are built in a variety of sizes from 22” to 80”.
These presentation tools are used in many industries but are most commonly used in museums and tourist information centres. The task of these large touch-screens is to draw attention and in an interactive, user smart way, educate and present a product. To build a touch-screen and its application, first the required size screen is ordered from Samsung or LG factories. A separate order is placed for a special touch surface coating, and a table is built on which the screen can be positioned. A computer is an important component of this device, as it will run the application. While the large touch-screen is being built, the screen surface application is being developed concurrently. The development begins with design ideas and concepts about the movement and activities on the screen and afterwards a complete application design is created. Visual materials needed are photos, videos, virtual photo tours, virtual 3D tours, air 360, 360 videos, etc. The application is built entirely in HTML5 format, in some cases by using Flash. Once completed, the touch-screen application is installed on the computer, and the impressive solution is ready for use.