Beaver Lake

While out for a drive yesterday we stopped to cool off in Beaver Lake. It proved to be an interesting stop for us.

Have a look around where we were by either using your computer mouse to click and drag around the image, or use your fingers if you’re using a touch device. There are also a number of “hot-spots” inside the image, and hovering your mouse over, or touching them will show you more.

If you are interested in creating a 360 tour for your business or project, please visit the CONTACT page and send me a message.

Need Some Physiotherapy?

I recently had the pleasure of creating a 360 tour for Helen Day’s Physiotherapy Clinic here in Kelowna.  I was very pleased with the outcome of the images and Helen was a real pleasure to work with.

So, go ahead, have a look around her clinic – starting from the outside, and wander your way in. It’s a great facility!

On a side note, through this project I have discovered that when you view some tours on a computer with a mouse, you aren’t forced to follow the path that has been laid out, and you can “walk through walls” and jump between locations that are not actually next top each other.

This is a somewhat bothersome and glaring glitch on Google’s part, but I can find very little information relating to it and how others have dealt with it online.

It’s Here!

Not exactly news, but an exciting update to yesterday’s post… This morning I discovered that Adobe had sent me the link to download the Skybox plugins for After Effects and Premiere! How very exciting! I have some time now to spend shooting 360 video and learning how to use these new tools! I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m rather excited to see what I can come up with!

Exciting Times!

It is still relatively “early days” in the realm of shooting and editing 360 footage, but already, Skyox by Mettle has emerged as a leader in VR editing tools. I have been drooling over these tools for months now, but have been unable to justify the expense of them at this point in time. So imagine my surprise and delight when I saw this blog post from Adobe this morning!

“The addition of this amazing collection of SkyBox plug-ins widens our scope. Now polished VR productions with smooth transitions will be easily attainable through integrated workflows in Premiere Pro and After Effects.”

Not only has Adobe acquired these plugins, but they have made them available to those with paid subscriptions to their Creative Cloud service. Well, it just so happens that I have access to just such an account! I have emailed the appropriate people, and I am eagerly awaiting their reply to give me access to the Skybox plugins. All this, and it’s just in time for some creative summer travel videos and the like! I can hardly wait!

Office Tour – Revisited

As I have continued to search for software that will allow me to easily create tours of 360° images I have captured, today I stumbled across a wonderful little program called Marzipano. It is a web-based free program for creating 360° tours. As such, it has far fewer features than the other programs I have been reviewing, but for a free program, it is great! This tour took me much less time to set up and generate that I had experienced with any of the commercial programs. The images even load MUCH faster than they did using other programs! I believe I have found the program I will be using… at least until I find that I NEED and can afford one of the more feature-rich programs.

PS. Don’t worry, I won’t keep posting different versions of the same tour. Now that I have discovered Marzipano, I can easily create any tours that I have imagined.

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Office Tour

I am trying out various ways to do more than simply show 360° images or videos – I am trying to find ways to make them interactive. To that end I have been exploring a number of different software tools that will allow me to do more. The one I am favouring right now is called 3DVista. I have begun experimenting with a tour of the offices at Evangel Church where I work sometimes.

CLICK HERE to see what I’ve come up with so far. It should work great whatever you are viewing it on. Please remember that this is still early stages, so it is far from a complete tour – more of a “proof of concept” at this point.

Watch Hockey in 360!

This morning I saw that SportsNet has announced a schedule of 6 NHL regular season games that are going to be broadcast in 360. I’m looking forward to see what it will be like to experience a sporting event in 360. It will also be interesting to see just where they put the cameras – what perspective they will give the 360 viewers.

CLICK HERE to see the SportsNet Virtual Reality page.