We are often asked how we produce our 360vr imagery & Virtual Tours, so rather than explaining it each time we have created a simple explanation page to show you. Hopefully this should help to show you the process of what is involved in creating this media.
Interactive Virtual Tours are created from multiple 360°vr (Virtual Reality) images which are joined together within an Interface, also know as a Skin. More information about Virtual Tour Interface’s can be found here.
The design process usually starts with a discussion with the client about their ideas and what they hope to achieve with the investment of a Virtual Tour. From this a brief is produced, the prefered platform for the tour is decided (either a Bespoke Virtual Tour or Google Street View) and work on the design can begin.
Google Street View tours are often quite simple, Google host them and mostly don’t require any additional interface to navigate them. A bespoke Virtual Tour usually requires an interface which we will explain more later. Both our Google and Street View imagery are produced in similar ways, though often our Bespoke service is of higher quality and resolution.
A popular setup that we use for 360°vr images involves 6 photographs around 360° degrees, then one above (zenith) and one below (nadir). These are produced with a wide angle fisheye lens. You can see with the example here how this looks. Using a panoramic VR head the camera rotates around the nodal point of the lens.