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Chapter 4. QuickTime VR in the Player

Chapter 4. QuickTime VR in the Player

Although VR stands for virtual reality, this isn’t virtual reality with special gloves and headsets. Instead, it’s what’s often called desktop virtual reality. Computer users can experience QuickTime VR by using just a keyboard and a mouse.

QuickTime VR files share the same format as standard QuickTime files, which means that QuickTime VR movies can be played in QuickTime Player as well as in most other applications that can handle QuickTime. (With a few exceptions, however, you can’t use the Player to create or edit VR movies.)

There are two fundamental types of VR movies: panoramas and objects. Panorama movies give you the experience of being in the center of a space and looking around, whereas object movies give you the experience of looking at and rotating an object. Individual VR movies of either or both types are sometimes combined in one large file to provide the experience of exploring an extensive space. In this chapter, we’ll look at how you interact with all types of QuickTime VR movies.

Note that some of the tasks we covered in Chapter 3 —changing video settings; changing the audio level; changing balance, bass, and treble; and even searching a text track—work in VR movies, too, as long as they contain the right types of tracks (such as sound or text).

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