Oct 25, 2000
Ask The Guru
QuickTime or IPIX for Virtual Tours?
Q: I was wondering if you could provide any professional advice as to the pros and cons of Quick Time & IPIX. I found a little bit of helpful info on your site, but I was wondering if anyone there could recommend one over the other (and explain why). My company is about to invest $20,000+ to create a virtual tour (an outside firm is going to create it for us), but we can't decide if we should use IPIX or Quick Time as the plug-in.
A: These are very similar products, but they have different pros and cons. I would recommend searching the web for reviews of the products, but I would sum up the differences as:
While it's a proprietary technology, other developers support it. Using a digital camera can produce acceptable results (though you'll want to use a wide angle lens adapter)
When it comes down to it, the big difference is in the capture, authoring tools, licensing fee, and the spherical projection. I might consider what else you are going to do with the images (if anything.) For example, if you might want to print them, then you'll want as high a resolution as possible, you might want to go with film, a wide angle lens, and one of the QuickTime stiching tools so that you capture several images for a scene rather then just two. But again, that's extra time and processing compared to IPIX.
If you're having a third party produce the work, then you should get a quote for both, and then make your decision.
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