Cad Crowd’s experienced freelance designers can capture and display stunning 360-degree panoramic images that are optimized for any platform. Your viewers will be able to navigate professional 3D panoramic renderings using a desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile phone, or virtual reality tools such as Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift. Using high-tech cameras and 3D rendering software, we create custom panoramas that can be embedded into websites or social media for an immersive 3D experience.
Use of 360-degree panoramas is essential in industries like architecture and interior design. In addition, 360° images have other fundamental uses for applications like entertainment, education, science, manufacturing, and product photography. Tech giants like Google, Facebook, HTC, and Samsung are even starting to market 360° videos. No matter what your 360° rendering needs, Cad Crowd will provide you with a 100% free and personalized consultation. We’ll find the right 3D rendering pro for your 360-panorama project.
The most frequent market for 360° rendering is in architecture and landscape design services. Architects and designers use 360-degree panoramas to ‘walk’ their clients through a space before it’s even built. In addition, capturing real estate in full 360° enables designers, builders, salespeople, and clients to view the big picture with far less distortion. It’s the superior option for designing, building, promoting, selling, or renting real property.
Virtual reality gaming is, no doubt, the first thing that springs to mind when you think of 3D panoramic entertainment. But social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube also support 360-degree panoramas for business and leisure. Most recently, VR goggles like Google Cardboard or Oculus Rift have provided consumers with access to high-quality, immersive, 3D-panoramic entertainment like films, TV, and games.
An immersive and engaging VR environment allows educators in many fields to reach an increasingly diverse group of students. Medical, health, and sports science schools use virtual reality to teach anatomy and physiology. Other fields that use VR-assisted learning include marketing, architecture, clinical education, computer science, and paramedics.
Spherical panoramas are used in manufacturing for VR prototyping and factory layout designs. Ford Motor Co. was one of the first manufacturers to fully incorporate VR into their design and manufacturing workflow. The company employs VR specialists in all aspects of its operations. Ford’s engineers can design and build an entire car—from the power train to the upholstery—inside a custom VR environment.
VR product photography, also known as 360° Object VR, 360° product photography, or a 360-degree product view, is a way of displaying objects that’s often used for e-commerce. In VR photography, the camera stays in a fixed position while the object rotates around it. The designer then stitches together the series of resulting JPEGs with software. Cad Crowd’s custom design professionals can create elaborate panoramic product images using photography alone, 3D rendering alone, or a combination of photography and 3D rendering.
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There are many different terms that describe 360° panorama. You may hear the terms panoramic rendering, 360-degree rendering, stereoscopic rendering, panorama imaging, 360-degree imaging, or monoscopic rendering. Sometimes, a panorama is called a wide-angle or ultra-wide-angle shot. Essentially, ‘panorama’ means any wide-angle representation in painting, drawing, photography, film, scientific visualization, or 3D rendering.
Most recently, 360° is the trending term, but the idea of the panorama has existed since ancient times. The Roman murals at Pompeii, for example, portray wide-angle landscapes from an aerial perspective. European mapmakers have also long experimented with panoramic charts, while Chinese artists created stunning panoramic landscapes during the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279).
Panoramic imaging was particularly popular in 18th-century Europe. The English word panorama was originally coined around 1787 (from the Greek words πᾶν "all" + ὅραμα "sight") by English painter Robert Barker. Barker exhibited his wide-angle paintings of Edinburgh and London using an invention he called an ‘Apparatus for Exhibiting Pictures.’ It was a painted cylindrical surface that was meant to be viewed inside a small, purpose-built structure.
Barker’s panorama idea was so popular that in 1793, he was invited to build a tourist attraction, "The Panorama," in London’s Leicester Square. For over 70 years, Barker’s panorama entertained London residents and visitors alike. It was an exciting spectacle, but it had its limitations: It couldn’t fix an image to a surface, nor was it portable. The first recorded patent for a true panoramic camera was done by the Austrian Joseph Puchberger in 1843. Puchberger patented a hand-crank, swing-lens camera that used silver-coated copper plates to produce fixed photographs.
As for its panoramic capabilities, Puchberger’s camera was limited to a 150-degree view, but it wasn’t long before a full 360-degree camera arrived on the scene. Within ten years of Puchberger’s patent, M. Garrela of England invented a camera that rotated 360° around its axis using clockwork mechanics. Soon after, panoramic cameras using flexible film were developed in both Europe and the United States. The most popular of these was the Cirkut by the Rochester Panoramic Camera Company.
Kodak bought the Cirkut and marketed it for most of the first half of the 20th century. By the 1970s and 1980s, having emerged as the world leader in imaging technology, Kodak brought panoramic imaging to the next level with multi-image 35mm slide projection. By precisely overlapping multiple slides during projection, consumers and businesses could achieve excellent panoramic results. Cutting and dissolving with specialized technology could generate even more impressive animated effects.
With the depth of experience and know-how you need, Cad Crowd’s CAD designers can handle any 360-degree 3D panorama project. Our developers offer everything from product photography to 360-degree 3D virtual tours.
Nowadays, all you need to produce consumer-quality panoramic images is your smartphone. Phone-based cameras can snap 8, 10, 12, or 14 slices of a scene; then they use photo stitching to assemble those slices into a single rectangular image. Most panoramic smartphone images are limited, however. They’re called "cylindrical" views because they allow complete 360° panning, but they only have a vertical view of about 50°.
If you’re looking for more advanced digital photography, Cad Crowd’s freelance CAD professionals can use techniques like rectilinear stitching with a DSLR. In rectilinear stitching, a digital camera rotates up and down. The photographer stops it at regular intervals; for example, at 40°, 60°, or 90°. In this way, an expert designer can capture a complete panorama using the highest-quality imaging available.
Image stitching has one limitation: It’s an arduous process for image stitching to capture moving subjects like cars or people. For subjects in motion, consumers and specialists use one-shot panoramic optics like multi-headed cameras or purpose-built glass. Some up-to-the-minute examples include the Insta360, Egg Solution, or Sphere. New technologies are emerging all the time that produce high-quality, one-shot, 360° images on DSLRs or smartphones.
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Our freelance CAD specialists can produce professional panoramic renderings using 3D rendering software or a combination of 3D rendering and photography. Let’s take a look at the technical steps a skilled Cad Crowd designer might take to create stunning 3D panoramas with tools like Blender, 3ds Max, and VRay. If you need help right away with your 3D 360-degree panorama project, follow this link for a free consultation!
Setting up a scene for 360° rendering is just like rendering a typical scene. Cad Crowd’s CAD designers use classic modeling, materials, lighting, and techniques to render your scene as usual. Then they’ll use specialized skills to perform the critical step of optimizing your rendering for large panoramic resolutions of up to 6000 x 3000 with a 2:1 aspect ratio.
When modeling, texturing, and lighting a scene meant for panoramic rendering, it helps to trust a pro. A 360-degree panorama will contain obvious flaws if the objects are modeled for one-point viewing. Cad Crowd can hand-pick an experienced designer who will test-view your images from multiple angles. While in a V-Ray Physical Camera, for example, your freelance developer will use a walkthrough mode to inspect the rendering using a high-quality 360-degree display.
Once your experienced Cad Crowd developer has modeled and tested a scene, they’ll typically proceed with the following steps in a software like Blender:
A native 3D panoramic rendering tool called Panorama Exporter is available in 3ds Max. It uses image stitching to take several images from a developer-defined camera and combines them into a spherical map. In this case, your skilled Cad Crowd professional will define the camera and then boost the output resolution to 6000 x 3000 pixels, again with that 2:1 aspect ratio. A software like 3ds Max can produce excellent 360-degree 3D panoramic results without the need for third-party plugins like VRay.
VRay is the most popular commercial 3D rendering plugin for third-party graphics software like 3ds Max, Autodesk Revit, Cinema 4D, Maya, Modo, Nuke, Rhinoceros, Sketchup, Softimage, Blender, and more. At Cad Crowd, we can connect you with a world-class VRay expert who will flawlessly render your 360° panorama! Contact us for a free quote.
Here’s how Cad Crowd’s pro developers would typically work with 360 in VRay:
Because over-editing can cause mismatched seams in a panoramic image, Cad Crowd advises clients to keep post-processing of 360° images to a minimum. That said, there are options for post-production that can perfect and optimize every image. Contact us today, and Cad Crowd will find the perfect candidate to advise you on your post-production needs.
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Rendering a 360° view is only part of the process of developing state-of-the-art professional 3D panoramas. There’s a crucial second step: Your panorama needs to reach its intended audience! Cad Crowd’s roster of skilled CAD developers can help move your project from concept to delivery using 360° panorama app, website, and social media integration. This can involve editing metadata for the web or social media or seamlessly integrating your file using best practices for a variety of VR viewers. Drop us a line for a free consultation.
To post a 360-degree render on a website or send it to a client to view inside a browser, our CAD designers will often use a tool like MarziPANO. When we upload your render to a tool like MarziPANO, it creates a downloadable HTML package containing all the files necessary for 360° image viewing. We can also help you use GoPRO VR Player or sites like 360player.io to instantly process and display your 360° renderings.
To add a 360° to Facebook, Cad Crowd’s expert freelance designers can edit your image’s metadata. The image must have a 2:1 aspect ratio, then in the Details tab, select the camera’s make and model (or any make and model), and upload your panorama as you would any other image. Our CAD designers can use a metadata editor like thexifer.net to help you with this.
For YouTube, Cad Crowd’s roster of freelance developers can use professional video editing software to prepare 360-degree renderings for upload. Most video editing packages can import a panorama using a 2:1 aspect ratio. Your designer will then set the desired length of the video and export it as a .mp4. After adding Google’s 360 video metadata, your video is ready for YouTube! By reading the embedded metadata, YouTube will recognize your project as a 360-degree interactive video.
Panoramas are fun to view on a desktop computer but viewing 360-degree images on mobile devices is becoming more and more popular. You can navigate 3D panoramic renderings on a mobile device using free and simple apps like 360 Panorama Viewer, or, if your phone has a gyroscope, you can use Google Cardboard with an app like PSViewer or WEBVR. More serious users can invest in VR goggles like Oculus Rift or the mobile Oculus Go to view and interact with 360° virtual reality renderings.
What is Google Cardboard? Google Cardboard works to bring immersive experiences to anyone with a gyroscope-equipped smartphone, and its most attractive feature is its price! It’s open source so that manufacturers can build their own unique versions. Models range from fold-your-own for $7 on up to $60 for a variety of bells and whistles, but they all work the same: By placing your phone at the correct distance from the lenses and using the appropriate apps, Google Cardboard creates a VR effect when viewing panoramic images.
Still unsure about which option you should use for displaying your 360-degree panoramas? Connect with Cad Crowd today, and we’ll help you choose the best display options for your 360° panorama project.
If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, Oculus Rift is a VR-compatible headset manufactured by Oculus VR, a division of Facebook. The Rift was launched in 2016. It boasts two Pentile OLED displays, a 90 Hz refresh rate, a 110° field of view and features rotational and positional tracking with integrated 3D headphones. Oculus VR is developing the Rift with the idea that social applications will be the most popular VR trend. The Oculus Rift is focused on gaming, education, cinema, and sports, but interest from industry has also been strong.
Cad Crowd has helped thousands of clients make their visions a reality with our 3D CAD design services. We’ll help you find an expert CAD designer to transform your idea into a 360-degree 3D panorama design. Our contractors are experts in architectural rendering, landscapes, interiors, MEP, manufacturing, virtual tours, 360-degree product views, and more! We’re standing by to chat about your project’s custom requirements.
Using 360-degree panorama in your company’s products can optimize productivity. Because they allow the viewer to explore an image as though they were in a virtual space, just one 360º panorama can replace multiple images that you and your designers might have otherwise had to produce. In this way, 3D panoramas enhance workflow productivity for designers, educators, scientists, manufacturers, engineers, marketers, product photographers, and more!
Not only that, but because 360º images place the viewer directly into the scene, they’re the superior method for conveying information about orientation, distance, relative size, materials, and height. Clients and customers can enhance their experience of your products by rotating their view and exploring the content at their own pace.
For design and manufacturing especially, a 360-degree rendering is a great way to help your company visualize materials and clashes that aren’t readily viewable in plan. A 360º rendering makes technical decisions both faster and easier by allowing your team to make real-world assessments of materials.
Get a free quote now. Cad Crowd’s CAD experts will analyze your project requirements and connect you with industry-leading designers ready to work with you to bring your 360-degree 3D panorama products to life.
Whether you need one designer or one hundred, Cad Crowd provides the freelancers you need for all your 3D 360° panorama projects. We work with each and every industry to maximize productivity and enhance the quality of your workflow with top-notch 3D 360°panoramic renderings.
The use of CAD in your daily tasks simply makes a better product. At Cad Crowd, we’ll connect you with experienced draftspeople, architects, engineers, and designers to help your project on its way. Cad Crowd will find the right contractor to render your panoramic images and convert them for viewing in optimal platforms. The result? Happy and engaged customers! Get in touch for your free quote. At Cad Crowd, we’re always ready to advise you on all your 3D rendering needs.