Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What’s the size of 360 spherical panorama? How much time does it take to download the panorama from the website?
A: The full screen high quality panorama size varies from 0.7 to 3 MB. The size of the «small» 3D panoramas, which are being built into the body of the site’s page, are a lot smaller – approximately 0.2 MB (smaller, than the size of the ordinary photo). The following factors mainly influence the size of the spherical 3D panorama: definition (the number of pixels), compression level and, oddly enough, the plot. For example, the «weight» of the 3D panorama of the park, which contains many small details (grass, leaves, etc.), will be a lot bigger in size, than the panorama of the room with bare walls.
Standard size of our panoramas is 32 megapixels (8000x4000pix). It is the optimal size for viewing panoramas on FullHD monitor in good quality. The panoramas resolution is ranged from 2 to 5 MB, and they are usually can be loaded for less than 5 seconds. For viewing high-resolution panoramas there a gradual loading technology ‒ multiresolution, is used. Multiresolution allows you to view a big-sized panoramas quickly and thoroughly, without full loading before start of viewing them.
The sound in the virtual tour
Q: You write, that the accompanying sound can be added to the virtual tour. Is it possible to add the custom musical background to every separate panorama or only one for the whole presentation?
It will be great, for example, to hear the sound of the street in the background of the concert hall panorama when entering the building, the noise and the voices of the audience in the foyer and the music in the auditorium. That would make the panorama more lifelike and impressive.
A: It is possible to use the separate sound background for each scene, just as you’ve described. – the background sounds, music, commentary. More than that, there can be several sources of sounds in one scene. Also, the sound can become quieter or louder depending on the direction of the view. For example, if you face the sound source, it can be clearly heard, and when you turn your back on it – it’s getting quieter. This kind of accompanying sound makes it possible to make the presentation more lifelike and attractive.
Graphic design of the virtual tour
Q: Can you make the virtual tour so that it’d coincide with our site’s design?
A: Yes, it’s possible to use logos, control buttons and the other graphical elements of your site when creating the virtual tour or spherical panorama. More than that, the whole virtual tour (map, the download status indicator, etc.) can be designed according to your wishes.
Terms of the virtual tour production
Q: What are the terms of the virtual tour production?
A: The average virtual tour production period is approximately 7 days, depending on the number of separate panoramas and the requirements to the graphic design. If it’s necessary, the tour can be created in a shorter period of time.
The requirements to the server
Q: Do I need some special software or server settings to upload the spherical panoramas and virtual tours to the server? Aren’t the spherical panoramas too demanding to the virtual disc space?
A: You don’t need any special software or server settings. There’re no special requirements to the server where your spherical 3D panorama or virtual tour will be placed. We should take into an account that the size of even the full screen panoramas doesn’t usually go beyond 2.5 MB, so the requirements to the server capacity and to data transfer rate is similar to the requirements of the ordinary web page. If you’d place an order for the spherical 3D panorama or virtual tour production, you’ll be supplied with the detailed instruction of how to upload the panorama to your server free of charge.
Virtual tour publishing on the website
Q: How can the spherical 360 panoramas be placed on the website?
A: The finished 360 panorama or virtual tour is presented to the customer not only in the form of the standard Flash files, but also in the form of the web page with the panorama, which is already placed there. All what you need to do is to upload all the presented files to the server and place the corresponding links on your site. The page with 360 panorama or virtual tour on it will be opened in the new window after clicking on the link placed on your site. You don’t need to alter the code of your side in any way, that’s why every webmaster can succeed in the panorama placement. In case when you need the 360 panorama or virtual tour to be placed right on the page of your website, it’s necessary to add a couple of code lines. This can be done manually or in the web editor using the flash-movie insertion technique, which is even easier. Every webmaster won’t face any difficulties while doing this. If necessary, I’ll consult your webmaster and help him to place the panoramas on your website free of charge.