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Chapter 4. QuickTime VR in the Player > Finding and Using Hot Spots

Finding and Using Hot Spots

Hot spots are predefined areas in QuickTime VR movies that trigger an action when clicked. You click hot spots to move from one panorama or object to another when they’re combined in a single file. (Each individual panorama or object is referred to as a node; a file with multiple nodes is referred to as a multinode movie.) You can also click hot spots to send a predefined URL to a Web browser, causing the browser to open (if it’s not already open) and the page to load.

When used in certain multimedia applications that support QuickTime VR or on Web pages, hot spots can be assigned additional tasks. This is accomplished via a program or script outside the VR movie that references the hot spot by number.

To locate hot spots:

  • Click the Show Hot Spots button—the one with the question mark in the arrow pointing up (Figure 4.6).

    Figure 4.6. When you click the Show Hot Spots button, hot spots in a movie are highlighted with translucent blue shapes.

    Hot spots become highlighted with translucent blue shapes.

    The Show Hot Spots button remains active, highlighting all hot spots in the movie, until you click it again. This way, you can drag in the movie window while the hot spots remain highlighted.


  • Move your pointer in the movie window; it changes when dragged over a hot spot.

    Typically, a squished up arrow (Figure 4.7) indicates a hot spot that opens another node. A pointing finger over a globe (Figure 4.8) usually means that the hot spot opens a Web page. The pointer appears as a hand over a bull’s-eye (Figure 4.9) when a hot spot has been defined but no action has been assigned to it. Hot spots of this type can be assigned an action on a Web page or in a multimedia authoring tool but not in QuickTime Player.

    Figure 4.7. This is how the pointer appears when it’s over a hot spot that takes you to another panorama or object contained in the movie file.

    Figure 4.8. The pointer looks like this when it’s over a hot spot that opens a Web page.

    Figure 4.9. Here, the pointer is over a hot spot that doesn’t necessarily do anything in QuickTime Player, though it may serve some function in another environment.

To use a hot spot:

  • Click the translucent blue shape or any area over which the pointer changes.

To return to a node after using a hot spot to jump to another node:

  • Click the Back button. This button is marked with a left arrow (Figure 4.10).

    Figure 4.10. Click the Back button to open the node you were in before you clicked the hot spot to get to the current node. This button is not active unless the open movie is a multinode movie; it becomes active after you use a hot spot to jump from one node to another.


  • When you move the pointer over some hot spots, text may appear in the area below the VR image, describing what will happen when you click the hot spot. This text is specified by the creator of the VR movie. You cannot add this text by using QuickTime Player.

QuickTime VR Pointers

Although the pointers we describe in this chapter are the default pointers for QuickTime VR, developers can specify alternative pointers for their QuickTime VR movies. You may encounter pointers different from those shown here.

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