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Over the summer I started working on virtual tours as a side project. At first I only viewed this project as something to entertain me over summer, and didn't realize the potential. After a couple months of trial and error, I managed to get efficient and high quality tours.
Before finding this wonderful program, I had to individually click similar spots between photos in order for it to stitch correctly. We switched to a fish eye lens to minimize the amount of photos that were needed, which meant less room for error. With only 12 photos, we were able to make a full 360 pano (previously 48).
We traveled to San Francisco for a one week period to attend MacWorld. The purpose of the trip was to present our knowledge of Virtual Tours using Mac programs. While we were there we made a trip to Stanford, where we visited their energy lab, Jasper Ridge. We toured their facility and made a virtual tour of their energy lab:
I showed the finished virtual tours to my father, who immediately thought that these would be an excellent addition to his real estate website. He wanted me to create a virtual tour of a huge estate that one of his clients is building in Ninole. This house sits on a cliff over the ocean and a waterfall, and has a lit tennis court with stadium seating for 400, an olympic sized swimming pool with multiple diving platforms, a private golf course, and a heliport on the roof.
This is an example of the program I was using. Right before we shot the Jasper Ridge tour, we changed all of our programs. There were some differences in the programs, so it took some time to learn how to use them. The Jasper Ridge virtual tour worked as a great test for our new software. By the time I did the virtual tour of this house, I figured out all the basics and just added in cosmetics. The programs we changed to had a very simple, user friendly interface which made the transfer very easy. It took a couple of hours to take the 360 photos from various spots on the property and in the house. That was the easy part. The hard part was trying to find connect the tour together. For example, some parts in the house you could not see the stairs. Since it is a multistoried house, my workaround was changing the hotspot from the stairs to the elevator. When I was shooting the photos, I was only concentrated on the lighting. I managed to make the tour work though. Another problem I ran into was working out how to publish the tour online. Previously, I never worked with anything online, so the permissions were a bit tricky to understand. Here is my finished product: