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QUICKTIME VIRTUAL REALITY

Get Quicktime

Getting the Plug-in
In order to view the QuickTime panoramas you need to have Apple's QuickTime installed. Quicktime is free and available for all platforms from Apple's web site http://www.apple.com/quicktime. Follow the instructions provided by Apple to install.




Get Quicktime If you see this image, you need to upgrade your QuickTime plug-in and double-check that it has been installed properly.


System Requirements
Windows System Requirements A Pentium processor-based PC or compatible computer; at least 128MB of RAM; Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Vista

Macintosh System Requirements 400 MHz Power PC G3 or faster Macintosh computer; at least 128MB of RAM; Mac OS X v10.3.9, v10.4.9 or later

QTVR File Size

Most of the panoramas are about 1.3MB in size. Unless you have a fast connection DSL, ISDN, T-1, etc. downloading may take a few minutes. As the panorama loads up, images will fill in over a monochromatic still image of the panoramic image in the plug-in space.

Navigating Panoramas in Windows

A panorama is a movie that has 360 degree views. It allows you to look up, down, turnaround and zoom in and out. When you open a QuickTime VR movie you will see that it has a set of buttons along the bottom. Unlike those for standard QuickTime movies, however, these buttons are not the primary means of controlling movies. With QuickTime VR movies, you simply drag across the movie image itself.The buttons on the VR controller supplement this basic action.

Basic Controls -Looking around in panoramic movies: Press the mouse button and drag across the image in the direction you want to look. -Zooming in and out: Click on the buttons that look like magnifying glasses (one with a "+", one with a "-"). You must have the pointer over the image to zoom in or out.

Finding and Using Hot Spots

Both panoramic and object movies may have hot spots, areas that when clicked cause some other action to occur. Most frequently a hot spot links to another node (another panorama or object movie) but it may also be used to trigger any other action, such as opening a Web page or playing a sound. There are two ways to tell where hot spots are located: Move your pointer around the movie image. When moved over a hot spot, the pointer changes from a bullseye to an upward-pointing "squished" arrow or a pointing hand. Press the Show Hot Spots button in the movie controller. (The button has a question mark above a squished arrow.) Hot spots are highlighted with translucent blue rectangles.

Navigating Panoramas with a Mac

A panorama is a movie containing a 360 degree view. It allows you to look up, down, turn around and zoom in and out. When you open a QuickTime VR movie you'll see that it has a set of buttons along the bottom. Unlike those for standard QuickTime movies, however, these buttons are not the primary means of controlling movies. With QuickTime VR movies, you drag the cursor across the movie image itself.The buttons on the VR controller supplement this basic action.

Basic Controls -Looking around in panoramic movies: Press the mouse button and drag across the image in the direction you want to look. -Zooming in and out: Click on the buttons that look like magnifying glasses (one with a "+", one with a "-"). You must have the pointer over the image to zoom in or out.

Finding and Using Hot Spots

Panoramic movies may have hot spots, areas that when clicked cause some other action to occur. Most frequently a hot spot links to another node (another panorama or object movie) but it may also be used to trigger any other action, such as opening a Web page or playing a sound. There are two ways to tell where hot spots are located: Move your pointer around the movie image. When moved over a hot spot, the pointer changes from a bullseye to an upward-pointing "squished" arrow or a pointing hand. Press the Show Hot Spots button in the movie controller. (The button has a question mark above a squished arrow.) Hot spots are highlighted with translucent blue rectangles.

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