How to make virtual tours with computer generated images.

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In both the real estate and architectural fields, virtual tours and 360 degree photographs have been becoming a major advantage when it comes to selling an accommodation or a concept. On the other hand, modern architectural design software have been enabling the creation of more and more realistic environments. Here comes an approach mixing both virtual tours and 3D design.
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Holà Luis, could you introduce yourself please?
My name is Luis Enrique Vargas, I am 25 years old and I’m an architect graduated from “Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira, Venezuela”. I mainly focus my work in the field of construction. It is because of heavy steel structures and materials that I got to learn how to work with 3D models.
As an architect, could you explain us how you came up with the idea of making video tutorials on YouTube?
I first wanted to share my work on the web with some friends and colleagues. From this, other people asked me about the workflow I used to get a certain render. Therefore, I started to make tutorials to explain my work to others.
Also, I consider my YouTube channel as a friendly community gathering people with common interests regarding the 3D ecosystem. In the beginning it wasn’t very formal, but when I realized the growing interest from my audience about the content I posted, I decided to invest more time to this. Today I am glad to see how my work on YouTube helped and inspired many people.
Could you clarify what an immersive 3D Tour is?
One of architecture’s essentials is to sell your idea. Back in the days, architects used to render realistic but static photographs. However, because of the industry evolution, a simple picture isn’t enough to sell an idea anymore. Here comes VR renders which enable architects to show their projects from every angle and thus, to sell their ideas in a better way.
Also, these programs have been developed a lot throughout the last years, and you can now add additional information and metadata within your pictures. Once again, this is a selling point for an architect.
What software do you use to capture 3D images?
You’ll need two types of software to capture 3D images. First, a 3D modeling computer program such as Sketchup, 3Dmax, Maya, Rhinocero, AutoCAD, Revit or Archicad. Once you have this 3D model with materials, lights, textures, context and settings, you must use a computer-generated imagery rendering software such as Vray. Usually these rendering programs are plugins within 3D modeling computer programs and enable equirectangular-photographs rendering.
What are the three key features of Panotour Pro 2.0 you like versus other virtual tours creation software?
What I like the most is the fact to customize absolutely everything! For example, a hotspot can have multiple shapes, actions, colors, etc. Everything is totally customizable and can be adapted to every project. As an architect, I appreciate this point very much.
Additionally, including PDF and other documentations is a real plus. Because of this, I can put technical specifications, notes, as well as other thing that make the tour speaking for himself.
Finally, what I constantly use is the floorplan throughout the tours. In this way, my clients can have a better idea of the magnitude of the project while constantly knowing where they are situated within the tour.
I would say that the principal difference between this software and other ones in the market is that Panotour Pro 2.0 is prosumers oriented while being easy to understand. It’s a tool that gives total control of how you want to build the tour.
Any tips for someone who would like to start making 3D tours?
The main tip I can give is to start experimenting virtual tours as soon as possible. It’s important to express your creativity by trying different things. Because Panotour Pro 2.0 is a software without boundaries, the sooner you start experiencing it, the sooner you will get satisfying results.
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