07/27 2021

What is a 360-degree panorama?

360-degree panorama (virtual 3D/VR tour) is one of the types of panoramic photography.

Roman Grinev

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Spherical panorama (virtual panorama, 3D panorama) is one of the types of panoramic photography. It is intended primarily for display on a computer (using special software). Spherical panorama used primarily for showing on the computer using special software.

The basis of a spherical panorama is assembled from several separate frames of a spherical image in a spherical (equidistant, equilateral, spherical) or cubic projection. A characteristic feature of spherical panoramas is the maximum possible viewing angle of space (360 × 180 degrees).

One of the advantages of viewing 3D panoramas compared to ordinary photos is the effect of presence. It seems that you personally were in this place. You can visit places where you have never been, using spherical panoramas.

There are many possibilities for using spherical panoramas. This is the creation on their basis of virtual tours of the beautiful places and attractions of different countries, museums. A good advertising move may be the use of 3D panoramas to attract even more attention to cafes, restaurants and hotels. Looking at such panoramas on their own computer, visitors have the opportunity to virtually visit these places.

Another type of commercial activity in which you can use the possibilities of spherical panoramas are the services of selling or renting commercial and private real estate. Real estate agencies can use spherical panoramas to advertise the sale or rental of real estate. Spherical real estate panoramas will be another argument in favor of the client choosing your offer.

Equidistant projection of spherical panorama

An example of a spherical panorama image file is in equidistant projection. Aspect ratio 2:1.

An example of a spherical panorama image file is in equidistant projection. Aspect ratio 2:1.

Panorama example.

Due to the fact that the spherical projection introduces certain distortions in the image (especially in the upper and lower parts), spherical panoramas are never displayed in print or as a regular graphic file. The website truevirtualtours.com performs viewing of spherical panoramas in equidistant projection using HTML technologies. The viewer sees the illusion of presence inside the sphere, on the inner surface of which the image of the surrounding space “stretches”. At the same time, optical distortions (spherical aberrations) are not visible.

Stitching spherical 3D panorama

Today there are devices (cameras, smartphones, tablet computers) that independently collect images into a spherical panorama. However, to create high-quality panoramas, it is recommended to shoot on a digital camera, and then stitch individual frames using special computer programs. The choice of these programs is quite wide:

If your spherical panorama is ready, you can upload it to the website truevirtualtours.com The website truevirtualtours.com has management tools that allow you to change the viewing direction (up-down, left-right), as well as zoom in or out. The viewer sees the place where the photos were taken as if he himself was there.

Cubic projection of a spherical panorama

Сферическая панорама в кубической проекции

After stitching the original photos into one image, the spherical panorama is usually an equidistant projection. The 3D image of a spherical panorama is as if it unrolled on a plane. Equidistant projection is not interactive. In some cases, to view a spherical 3D panorama on a computer screen, it must be converted to a cubic (VR) projection.

You can change the spherical panorama of an equidistant projection into a cubic one on the website truevirtualtours.com. Although you can use the website truevirtualtours.com as a free online converter of spherical 3D panoramas from equidistant projection to cubic one, first of all, the website truevirtualtours.com is free hosting of 3D panoramas. In addition, customers of 3D panoramas will be able to find here a photographer who will prepare a spherical panorama, and photographers can find here orders for the production of 3D panoramas and virtual tours.

Start working with truevirtualtours.com very simple. Check out a short video about how to very quickly and simply place an interactive spherical panorama on your website.

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    John Smith
  • 02/11 2019
    Rusin.52

    Tell me how to delete your panorama in the sphere of the Russian Federation?

  • 02/11 2019
    Erm9

    Interesting.

  • 02/11 2019
    Vadim_pv

    why chopped file size 10 megs? no normal panorama will fit

  • 02/11 2019
    Lofg122

    Why don't new loaded panoramas appear?

  • 02/11 2019
    Dimaxxx

    Why don't long photos appear in panoramas? https://sferika.ru/tour/2281/7227

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Many novice photographers have probably seen interactive panoramas on the Internet where they can spin and see everything around them. Often such content is called 3d panoramas.

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Criteria for assessing the quality of the panorama

These criteria quibble as much as the user sees, because the tours / panoramas checked by these criteria claim to be included in the “Best” category, which means they have to undergo a rather strict quality check.

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Equipment for shooting 360° panoramas and virtual tours

The question of choosing equipment for shooting spherical panoramas and creating virtual tours is one of the most important for a photographer - a panoramic photographer. On the TrueVirtualTours website, you have access to examples of work performed using one or other equipment and software.

Rylo 360° camera review: My experience in shooting 360° spherical panoramas

Rylo positions itself as an action camera with unsurpassed stabilization of 360° video. For me, one of the important indicators was the possibility of shooting 360° spherical panoramas in the resolution of 6000x3000. After more than six months of use, I can share how satisfied I am with the capabilities of the camera and whether the camera has met my expectations.

Quality criteria for 360° panorama - unnecessary elements in the panorama

Are there any elements in your 360 ° panorama that interfere with viewings, such as logos, a tripod, a photographer (if it is not part of the panorama), a shadow or a reflection of a tripod or photographer in a panorama? If so, then this affects the quality of the panorama. Next, we consider examples of unsuccessful examples of extraneous elements in the panorama. By avoiding this you will improve your work!

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New functionality on the site

New functionality of virtual tours and spherical panoramas has been added to the site: text information points, polygons, video upload to an information point, and much more.

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How to shoot a panorama from hands without a panoramic head?

Many novice photographers have probably seen interactive panoramas on the Internet where they can spin and see everything around them. Often such content is called 3d panoramas.

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Equipment for shooting 360° panoramas and virtual tours

The question of choosing equipment for shooting spherical panoramas and creating virtual tours is one of the most important for a photographer - a panoramic photographer. On the TrueVirtualTours website, you have access to examples of work performed using one or other equipment and software.

Rylo 360° camera review: My experience in shooting 360° spherical panoramas

Rylo positions itself as an action camera with unsurpassed stabilization of 360° video. For me, one of the important indicators was the possibility of shooting 360° spherical panoramas in the resolution of 6000x3000. After more than six months of use, I can share how satisfied I am with the capabilities of the camera and whether the camera has met my expectations.

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