Tips on using Apple QuickTime to view the QTVR panoramas.
1. How do I get the free QuickTime software?
If you don't already have the QuickTime plug-in (a "plug-in" is a piece of software that works with your browers to display special programs), you can download it for free from Apple Computer's website. It takes only a few minutes to download it to your computer. Then you will need to install it. After that, QuickTime opens automatically when you have clicked on QuickTime movies or QuickTime VRs like the ones in this website. You can play QuickTime whether you have a PC running Microsoft Windows or an Apple computer.
Q: What is a QTVR?
A: QTVR (QuickTime Virtual Reality) takes a series of images that are ditigitally made into one large image and enbables you view them as panoramas. You may have seen this sort of thing when take a virtual tour of a home on a realtor's website. QTVRs can give you the sense that you're standing in a certain spot and spinning from 180° to 360°.
What is the best way to view these QTVRs?
- "Grab" the image by clicking and holding down your mouse button. Then slide the mouse to the left or the right, and go up or down to move the image. For some of our QTVR of St. Philip's you can actually feel like you are looking up at the ceiling.
- To zoom in, use the Shift key. To zoom out, use the Control key. Note: this may vary if you have an earlier version of QuickTime to view the VRs and there may be slight differences if you are on a Mac instead of a PC.
- If you want to zoom in on a specific part of the picture, center that part and then zoom. Sometimes you find yourself zooming a little and then centering it.
- If we embed links in our QTVR images, you will notice that your cursor has changed to a "hand." This alerts you that you are passing over clickable links.