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Photography Equipment Used In Virtual 360 Tours

By Mary Sullivan

When it comes to traveling the world, it can often be quite expensive. Now, with Virtual 360 tours, it is possible to do so without ever leaving home. Whether using this new technology for fun and recreation, or to view a number of institutions and museums, the technology can provide a great deal of entertainment.

While there are some free photographs and videos of this nature, most videos have a price. While this is the case, most visitors agree the experience is often worth the cost. Whereas, in order to see the content in person, it would cost far more than the price of a 360 virtual video.

One of the main companies behind this technology is that of AirPana, a Moscow based professional group of 360 degree photographers. These photographers shoot 360 degree videos, also known as immersive or spherical videos. In the process, the photographers capture the view in every direction at the same time. While AirPana has created a number of videos in this genre, there are also other companies working on the creation and development of more of these type videos.

When it comes to photography, multiple cameras or an omnidirectional camera are often used in the process. After which, the photographs are stored online. Once this is the case, individuals can play back photographs using a viewer which allows the photographs to work as a panorama. An equirectangular projection system is often used in the creation of videos with a stereoscopic or monoscopic camera.

One problem with this specialized video technique is that it can be hard to get a clear picture in the middle of a video. Whereas, the top, bottom and sides are often clear. When it comes to sound, the quality is basically the same as that of a stereo when set to either mono or stereo. When using external speakers, it is important to use high quality speakers which can handle stereophonic sound.

Currently, there are specialized cameras and rigs which have been developed for the filming of these type videos. These include Go Pro's, Omni, Odyssey and all-in-one virtual reality cameras. While there are others, these are systems most used in the filming process. Other companies are currently working on research and development as to how to make pictures and videos of a better quality in the future.

Whether using a laptop, desktop, notebook, tablet, other mobile device or virtual reality headset, looking at photographs and videos in this format can be quite entertaining. Whereas, when viewing on a smart phone, the user can pan across various pictures. As such, it is easy to get a feel for the landscape reflected with this new technology.

When it comes to websites providing these videos, some have memberships while others place a price on each video. While this is the case, there are a number of reasons why, even if a video of this type cost money, it can be beneficial to pay to watch. For example, previewing an area before vacation, looking at other cultures for a class project, or simply for entertainment.

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