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Notes

• move the mouse pointer to the middle of the panorama
• hold the mouse button down and drag in the direction you want to scroll
• small movements are best for slow and controllable scrolling
• press the SHIFT key to zoom in
• press the CTRL key to zoom out

• press the full screen button to view in full screen mode

Background

Quicktime Virtual Reality is a way of recording photographically a complete 360 degree view or panorama of a scene. This is done using a camera mounted on a panoramic tripod head and taking a number of overlapping digital photographs. The images are stitched together in post-production to form one seamless panoramic photograph.

The panorama can then be used for printing, or it can be converted into a 'QTVR movie' which can be viewed interactively on a computer screen. Once the QTVR movie is loaded on a computer you see exactly what the camera saw, and can spin around and look at what you want to. You can also zoom in to examine parts of the scene in more detail. The effect of movement and zooming provides the viewer with an 'immersive' experience.

Viewing the panoramas

To view the VR panoramas, Adobe Flash Player is required. It can be downloaded free of charge from here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

 

 
       
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