Virtual Tours
Updated 6 March 2017
Regent Theatre - Dunedin

● Adobe Flash/HTML5 based using krpano 1.17.5.
● 360º x 180 Virtual Tour with Mirror Ball.
● HDR photography (F11 ± 3.0 EV) using Sony NEX-5N camera with fisheye lens.
● Maximum window with full screen option.
●Thumbnail selection of seven panoramas.
● Hotspot arrow navigation.

When promoting facilities and services on a website, 360º Virtual Tour Panoramas have a distinctive advantage over a slide show of static photographs in that they provide a greater sense of place. Dynamic images attract and draw more attention than static images, especially when those dynamic images are also interactive.

In 2011 I developed my first virtual tour panorama of the Green Island Gallery using a Fujifilm S602Zoom semi-professional camera with a 35 mm equivalent lens and a limited auto-bracketing dynamic range ± 0.3 EV. The sky was overcast at the time, so my exposure setting for the interior did not result in an over exposure of the exterior views through the windows. My subsequent virtual tours using the same camera included the Dunedin Botanic Gardens and the World Fitness Centre. These two virtual tours incorporated a number of tour positions linked to a site and floor plan. Each tour position involved the cumbersome process of taking 118 photographs in multiple rows. Over exposure of views through windows to a brilliant outdoors and outdoor views towards the sun proved to be problematic. I had reached the limits of my semi-professional camera. I now use a Sony NEX-5N camera with a fisheye lens which enables me to develop 360º x 180º virtual tours using only 8 photos. With a recent firmware update, the dynamic range of auto-bracketing is ± 3.0 EV.

My current software includes both Photomatix Pro 5.1 and easyHDR 3.9 for processing HDR images, PTGui Pro 10.0.15 for stitching those images into panoramas, and Pano2VR Pro 4.5.3 and krpano 1.18.4 for creating the virtual tours. If brilliant light sources, including the sun, are likely to cause lens flare in a set of photographs, then I use a higher degree of overlap of photographs than necessary. Lens flare in a sequence of overlapping photographs do not appear in the same position on a panorama and can be masked out using PTGui Pro.

In order to view all available functions within each virtual tour, it is best to use the latest browser and plugin version.
Mayfair Theatre - Dunedin

● Adobe Flash/HTML5 based using krpano 1.17.4.
● 360º x 150º Virtual Tour.
● HDR photography (F11 ± 3.0 EV) using Sony NEX-5N camera with fisheye lens.
● Maximum window with full screen option.
● Thumbnail selection of three panoramas.
● Dynamic flare in Adobe Flash mode when directly facing spotlights.
Green Island Gallery

● Adobe Flash based only using Pano2VR 3.0.
● 360º x  115º Virtual Tour.
● Standard Photography using Fujifilm S602Z camera (overcast sky).
● Hotspot areas that display names of paintings.
● Hotspot points that display large images of paintings.
Dunedin Railway Station

● Adobe Flash/HTML5 based using Pano2VR Pro 4.5.
● 360º x 180º Virtual Tour.
● HDR photography (F16 ± 0.3 EV ) using Fujifilm S602Z camera.
● Full screen option.
● Dynamic navigation help.
● Multi-media information box.
Dunedin Botanic Garden

● Flash based only using Pano2VR Pro 4.5.
● 360º x 115º Virtual Tour.
● HDR photography (F16 ± 0.3 EV ) using Fujifilm S602Z camera.
● Full screen option.
● Site map with thumbnails.
● Compass.

Audio.
World Fitness Centre Dunedin

● Flash based only using Pano2VR Pro 4.5
● 360º x 115º Virtual Tour.
● HDR photography (F16 ± 0.3 EV ) using Fujifilm S602Z camera.
● Full screen option.
● Animated panoramic thumbnails.
● Video clips of equipment in action.
   Port Chalmers Promotion with 8 Panoramas

● HTML5 based only using Pano2VR Pro 4.5.
● 360º x 180º Virtual Tour.
● HDR photography (F11 ± 3.0 EV) using Sony NEX-5N camera with fisheye lens.
● Maximum window with full screen option.
● Google Map with panorama selection.
Port Chalmers Maritime Museum

● Flash based only using Pano2VR Pro 4.5.
● 360º x 180º Virtual Tour.
● HDR photography (F11 ± 3.0 EV) using Sony NEX-5N camera with fisheye lens.
● Maximum window with full screen option.
● Navigation Plan.
● Virtual Objects included.
● Audio.
Dunedin House - Adobe Flash based only

● Adobe Flash based only using Pano2VR Pro 4.5
● 360º x 180º & 360º x 150º Virtual Tours.
● HDR photography (F11 +3.0/-1.0 EV) using Sony NEX-5N camera with fisheye lens.
● Full screen option.
● Dynamic navigation help.
● Multi-media information box.
● Navigation Plan.
Dunedin House - Adobe Flash/HTML5 based

● Adobe Flash/HTML5 based using krpano 1.17.4
● 360º x 180º & 360º x 150º Virtual Tours.
● HDR photography (F11 +3.0/-1.0 EV) using Sony NEX-5N camera with fisheye lens.
● Full screen option.
● Thumbnail selection of panoramas.
 Knox Church - Dunedin

● Adobe Flash/HTML5 based using Pano2VR Pro 4.5.
● 360º x  180º Virtual Tour Panorama.
● HDR photography (F11 ± 2.7 EV) using Sony NEX-5N camera with fisheye lens.
● Full screen option.
● Dynamic navigation help in Flash version.
● Multi-media information box in Flash version.
● Mirror ball under tripod.
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