Below are the answers to some of the general questions that our clients have asked us. If you have a question that is not answered here, please email us, use our contact form or give us a call anytime 07716 850958, if we are not around; be sure to leave us a message and we'll get back to you asap.
What are 360º images and how are they created?
Virtual tour images give viewers the power to step inside the picture, looking up, down, and all around from floor to ceiling, earth to sky, in any direction. Viewers can completely immerse themselves in the particular environment. 360' images are created by capturing two opposing photographs, called "hemispheres," with a fisheye lens. 360' images can then be linked together, linked to traditional photographs and renderings, enhanced with audio or other file types, or incorporated into other development environments.
What is a 360º Panoramic / Virtual Tour?
A computer generated 360 panoramic virtual tour that is created by stitching together many, many photographs. It creates a feeling that a person is actually standing in one location and can view everything arounf them and also navigate their way through a location.
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What formats do you supply your finished products in?
We deploy ALL our finished panoramics in both Flash 9 and HTML5 format, this means that users with iPads, iPhones and newer devices that only support html5 will also work. We can also supply Quicktime QTR format if requested.
What software do you use and how are your virtual tours delivered?
At Panaramus we use only the latest technologies and software to bring your business to life, therefore we use Pano Tour Pro and Pano2VR to deploy our pano's in both FLASH and HTML5, ensuring that we supply the most accessible tours to the widest audience. In this respect all our Virtual Tours are currently optimized using FLASH software, this ensures that the majority of users will be able to access. The majority of panorama companies will only deploy in flash, meaning any users without flash, or iPad, iPhone users will not see anything?
What additional features can I have in a tour?
There are a few additional features that can be included in a video / tour. They are logos, hotspots, customised navigation, images, compass, music, and more.
What should I do to prepare shoot locations?
It's a special photographic shot with specialised equipment intended to show off how wonderful a location is. Therefore have a fresh look at your location, ensuring cables and anything that you don't want in the shot tidied away. We can use Photoshop to remove these object post photographic production. this will incur a small additional cost; we will always discus any extras before doing the work.
Why would my business want a virtual tour?
A 360 panoramic / virtual tour allows visitors to get the feeling that they are actually standing at your place of business looking around.
How long does it take to shoot a virtual tour at our location?
It usually takes about an hour for our photographers to shoot a virtual tour of 4 or 5 scenes granted that you have the establishment ready for the photo shoot at the time of the appointment.
How long does it take to from start to finish?
This depends on the content being added to the tour and the number of tours, i.e. maps, compass, animations, etc. However we are very good programmers and pride ourselves on our quick turnaround, generally it is a week; but may be longer for more complex projects as you would expect.
How far will you travel to shoot a virtual tour?
We shoot our videos & tours across the UK; mainly in the South, but will travel further, dependant on the size of the project.
How do I navigate a virtual tour?
Panoramic Tour images can be navigated using the keyboard or mouse. With the keyboard you can use the arrow keys to move around. Using the mouse press the left mouse button and move the mouse around within the panroamic tour to look around. Pressing the right mouse button and moving the mouse up or down within the virtual tour image will allow you to zoom in and out of the virtual tour.
How much does it cost?
For more in-depth projects and for businesses who want multiple 360 panoramic tours, we will need to schedule a meeting and discuss all of the details of your project to give an accurate cost.
How do you deliver the videos or tours?
We have secure cloud hosting where we deploy the projects in a ZIP file, we can also send it by mail or email, or we can upload to your website (we will need temporary ftp acess to do this). The Tour can be embedded on to your website, and can be easily styled to fit seamlessly. We normally use and IFRAME embed as we can then do all the difficult stuff, e.g. detecting what version / size panoramic to load and show.
How long does it take to get a 360º Panoramic/Virtual Tour?
Turn-around time is typically a week or less depending on the amount of panoramic 360 images that we have put together.
How do we get a virtual tour for our business?
Just contact us to discuss your options and where possible arrange a short meeting to discuss your videos / tours requirements.
Do I need to host my own panoramic tour?
No, we can host the panoramic tour and have a window pop-up from your website, or we can help setup the tour on your website.
Does someone have to be present during the photo shoot?
No one has to be present during the shooting of your virtual tour, provided you have let us know what areas that you want photographed at your place of business.
Can we use the panoramic images?
Yes, Panoramic images not only look great on a virtual tour, they also look stunning when displayed within your marketing materials. It's up to you, we will provide the stitched panoramic images along with the rest of your videos/tours. Again, this is our standard way of do doing business - no extra costs.
Can I decide what shots I want in my 360º panoramic virtual tour?
Of course, it's your business and you may select any rooms/locations to be visualised in the panoramic tour of each individual area. Exterior shots are of course weather permitting, as good lighting is key.
Can panoramic videos and virtual tours be viewed offline?
Yes, Virtual Tours can be played from DVDs/CDs and from offline servers making them the perfect presentations tools for presentations, conferences and events.
Can you create tours for the iPhone or iPad?
Yes, all of our tours are delivered in Flash and HTML5. Note: with the advance of HTML5 it will possible to create tours that can sit directly within the code - doing away with Flash, ensuring seamless functionality with Apple's mobile devices,and others.