Ever since we found Pannellum the door was opened for us to explore creating web-based interactive virtual reality. By combining the already present hotspot features in Pannellum and selecting an appropriate lightbox plugin (Featherlight), we’re now technologically capable of integrating our team’s existing audio-visual expertise into a virtual experience. In the viewer below, just look to the right to see examples of embedded images, iframes, videos, and moving to another location.
We’re currently exploring the most appropriate content to use as our premiere of this technology and also to benchmark the production process so we can add it to our product suite.
The viewer still needs to be updated to respond to viewers moving their mobile device (like YouTube and Facebook 360 ) but until they catch up, this does the job quite well.
We’re also looking at making the “loading” message and hotspots more customisable.
Coverage of a Park in West Perth to test changing location in a virtual tour.
>Scene changes work best when there is at least 2 common elements between the images to give the viewer a reference for their orientation.
>It is preferable to have two-way hotspots. ie when you click to move somewhere, it’s best to give the viewer the option to go back to where they came
>Like in film, having an establishing wide shot can help. But unless you set that as the first scene, there is a chance the viewer won’t see it.
We’ve created an alternate Youtube channel to host our experiments in the field of 360/panoramic videos
You can find it here
With big names like Facebook and Google throwing their weight behind virtual reality and 360 content, we’d be nuts not to stay at the forefront of this emerging technological wave.