As we proceeded down a hallway in the VR movie, we clicked on a door that brought us into another room, which contained on the far wall a bank of iMacs. As we walked across the room, we clicked on each of the iMacs, which brought up a window containing a standard QuickTime movie describing different aspects of the facility.
QuickTime VR movies are easy to play with, and anything but easy to create. VR Toolbox has been producing a variety of tools to make the task less burdensome and, at Macworld, began shipping the latest version of its integration of those products, VR Worx.
"I can say unequivocally that there is no better way to create QuickTime VR movies with any other application, on any platform," said Walter Neals, VR Toolbox's vice president. "We created these products so that designers can spend more time designing and less time wrestling their material into shape. By putting all of our tools together in one place, we make it even easier."
Neals pointed out to me a number of features that are unique to VR Worx, most notably the ease of integrating live video into QTVR. "Even Apple's software for creating QuickTime VR movies is restricted to using still images as objects, unless you want to get really complicated," Neals said. "We make it easy, simply by treating live video as an object like any other. Clicking on a hotspot might take you to another QuickTime VR, or it might open up a regular QuickTime movie that plays within the QuickTime VR."
The project he used to show me an example of what he was talking about is one that he's working on for Apple, a full-blown QTVR layout of their new conference facility. (Although Neals didn't say so, it strikes me as a measure of Apple's interest in VR Worx that they hired Neal to do the job, rather than handling it inhouse.)
As we proceeded down a hallway in the VR movie, we clicked on a door that brought us into another room, which contained on the far wall a bank of iMacs. As we "walked" across the room, we clicked on each of the iMacs, which brought up a window containing a standard QuickTime movie describing different aspects of the facility.
It was certainly interesting to me to imagine what might happen if some of the behaviors within those movies were scripted, and indeed a number of behaviors beyond the basics of VR control are built into the Worx toolset, such as the ability to add URLs as placeholder objects within a scene.
Here are some more of the features included in the VR Toolbox product line, which includes PanoWorx, ObjectWorx, and SceneWorx:
Here are the features that are only included in VR Worx:
The VR Worx offers the entire suite of tools. Suggested retail is $299.99, with a variety of upgrade options for current VR Toolbox users. For details, contact VR Toolbox at http://www.vrtoolbox.com.
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