In these Virtual Tours, we will explore some iconic settings from inside various vehicles. Culiacán’s City Hall and Cathedral, Altata’s boardwalk, Mocorito’s small square, the tourist cruise pier in Mazatlán, and the Parish of San Miguel Arcángel in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.
We will take a detailed look inside an International Tractor-trailer and two vehicles from Honda and BMW.
Virtual vehicle tours are widely used by car and truck manufacturers and distributors, allowing their customers and users to appreciate the detailed features of their interiors.
The sensation of being inside the vehicle can even be achieved by using special virtual reality glasses.
Photography with a panorama head
There are various techniques for capturing the photos needed to create virtual vehicle tours. In the first technique, using a tripod and a panoramic head like the Nodal Ninja R1 is the most precise way to avoid parallax issues in PTGui, the software used to “stitch” the images together.
This technique is very common in the creation of Virtual Tours for large vehicles, as is the case with the International Tractor-trailer.
Photography with a plumb bob
This second technique is less common, but with practice, it’s easy to master. It involves tying a loop at the edge of the camera lens and attaching a plumb bob to the other end, allowing us to use it as a pivot point when rotating the camera instead of using a tripod.
I recommend this second approach for creating Virtual Tours of smaller vehicles, such as cars, where using a tripod would be impractical.
How this Virtual Tour was made
The level of difficulty in creating this type of virtual tour is very high, given the limited space, the high contrast between the interior and exterior of the vehicle, the bulkiness of the equipment, and the required level of detail.
Nevertheless, the final result is very appealing because it captures the details of the landscapes as well as the interior of the vehicles.
English translation made by Carlos Alberto García Leyva, student at PrepaTec Campus Sinaloa. Tecnológico de Monterrey.