A virtual project is an advanced communication and marketing tool, and it is commonly used by the real estate industry, museums and luxury hotels.
Also known as virtual reality project, its purpose is to virtually visit a place while interacting with its user interface (UI).
Technically speaking, a virtual project is like a website: its functionalities/UIs are customizable and it can be updated.
Virtual projects must be hosted on a web server to become available online, used on a business website, shared on social platforms, sent by e-mail, etc.
That said, professional virtual projects require an excellent image quality, this aspect is fundamental for the outcome of any project.
I’m an expert in 360 degree photography, providing high-quality images and, as much as possible, pixel perfect.
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To carry out this service, I provide final images with megapixel and gigapixel image resolution.
That said, UIs are simply the backbone of virtual projects.
In my approach for this critical service, my virtual projects UIs are not industrially made or created with templates. Each aspects are bespoke/customizable, ensuring the creation of custom and professional virtual projects.
See below the common components that my user interfaces can integrate.
According to the goal of a virtual project and its UI, the project will take the form of a virtual tour or a virtual exhibition.
A virtual tour is typically the visit of a property.
Here, the UI may includes the display of a 2D floor plan, contact details, sharing the project on social platforms or by email, and among other possibilities.
This type of project is commonly used by real estates agencies and hotels.
A virtual exhibition is a tool more designed for museums and physical exhibitions.
Here, the UI usually includes some interactive elements, texts in one or multiple languages, audio descriptions, and among other possibilities.
It’s a type of project more interaction-based – unlike virtual tours.
Are you interested in a quote for creating the UI of your virtual project? Get in touch and send me information.
Discover my virtual projects built as virtual tours and virtual exhibitions.
1/ I have to see the shooting space to confirm with you how many 360º photos your project will need.
2/ Confirm whether you want your 360° images with a megapixel or gigapixel resolution.
3/ We have to discuss and validate your project’s user interface. You are not too sure about what to use for your project’s UI? Don’t worry, I will advice you.
Once the basics are done, it’s on to the next step!
For best 360° photos shooting, the weather condition must be appropriated. Know that in 360° photography, it is not possible to replace a cloudy sky to a blue sky.
After the shooting, it’s post-production time for me! This step can take some time depending on the number of 360º photos to edit.
When the 360º photos are done, I will upload them online (creation of the preview project) for you to approve them.
At this stage, I will send you a document with all the information and media I will need from you to build the project UI. Those elements are the ones that we have already confirmed in “Step 1”.
I will create project’s mock-ups for you to approve and we will move forward step by step in your project’s UI.
For each step I will upload the new content to the online preview project, so you can see how the project is evolving.
Also, we will have to confirm the project’ thumbnail picture, its title and description – as these elements will be used when the project will be shared on the social networks.
After the final project has been agreed, it’s time for you to use it on your website, to share it wherever you want, etc!
Managing a virtual project is the same as managing a website: the 360º photos and UI can be updated if required.
I provide free of charges maintenance and support to ensure that my virtual projects are always 100% operational.
After a virtual project is hosted on a web server, the common way to display/embed a virtual project on a website is done by using an iFrame.
Note: I always recommend my clients to create a ‘virtual project page’ on their website and onto which they will iFramed their project.
In fact, most websites are interested to write information on that page, such as: when the 360 photos and virtual project were created, short introduction about the virtual project, SEO content, etc.
There are few points and tricks to know on this matter. Contact me for more information.
Otherwise the common response is: Not too much.
For instance, a full size uncompressed photo will take much longer to load than a virtual project.
It only depends on the web server hosting the virtual project.
Refer to your webmaster to be sure that your web server provides full security regarding potential hacks, bandwidth/overload scenarios and loading speed.
To host my clients’ projects, I use the AWS web server (server used such by Facebook, Netflix, Adobe…) which is super safe and fast!