The result is an immersive experience of any location, allowing onsite familiarity in a convenient format.
The SphereVision Project Builder is available as a free 30-day trial.
*Please note: Save function is disabled in the trial version of SphereVision Project.
1. Requirements and Compatibility
1.1. What are the recommended system requirements for SphereVision Project?
CPU: Intel i5. RAM: at least 6 GB. Graphics card: Dedicated graphics card that supports DirectX 9. Operating system: Windows 7 or later, 32/64 bit.
1.2. Can I use SphereVision Project Builder if I don’t have the recommended system requirements?
Yes, as long as you have a dedicated graphics card. If sufficient RAM is not available, SphereVision caches the data to disk. In this case, run times may be impaired, e.g. videos slower to load.
1.3. What media formats are supported?
The formats and resolutions you use should be compatible with how and where you expect the interactive maps to be viewed. As a guideline: • Codecs: H.264 Baseline Profile MP4 for video AAC or MP3 for audio • Video formats Recommended: MP4, up to 30 FPS Supported: MOV and MP4 for all platforms, plus AVI for Windows • Video resolution: 1920 x 960 Supported on Windows, Web (Flash) and iPad Air: 2048 x 1024 However, higher resolutions may work on high-spec systems • Still image formats: JPEG and PNG • Still image resolution: 4096 x 2048 However, higher resolutions may work on high-spec systems • Still images used as icons for video markers JPEG and PNG up to 256 x 256 • Audio: AAC and MP3.
1.4. What 360 camera systems does SphereVision support?
In addition to our own SphereVision systems
, you can use any 360 video that produces an equirectangular image, e.g. GoPro, Ladybug, iSTAR or Spheron.
1.5. What platforms can SphereVision projects be viewed on?
For Windows, use the free SphereVision Project Viewer.
1.6. Can I run SphereVision on a virtual machine?
SphereVision Project Builder runs on a physical Windows PC; you cannot run it on a virtual machine, or on a Mac. However, what you create with the Builder can be viewed on any Windows device or virtual machine.
2.1. When I try to run SphereVision Project Builder, I get the message “cmactLicense runtime system is not installed”. How can I get SphereVision to run?
This message means that CodeMeter, the licence protection software used by SphereVision Project Builder, has not installed correctly. To resolve this issue, download and install the CodeMeter Runtime Kit for Windows from the vendor’s website: http://codemeter.com/us/service/downloads.html
. You will then need to re-install SphereVision Project Builder, so that the licence is correctly imported.
3. Versions and Releases
3.1. What are the differences between SphereVision Project Builder and SphereVision Project Viewer? How does SphereVision Player360 fit in the product set?
The SphereVision Project Builder is a Windows program that has a range of tools for creating interactive maps that can include hotspots on 360 videos and images. The SphereVision Project Viewer is a free standalone Windows program for interacting with the full content of maps created in the Builder. The free downloadable SphereVision Player360, is used to embed and present 360 videos in web pages, i.e. without maps and hotspots.)
3.2. Where do I get the free trial and how long does it last?
You can download the free trial of SphereVision Project Builder and/or the free SphereVision Project Viewer (both for Windows) from here.
The trial lasts for 30 days and has all the tools you need to create interactive maps to view in Windows.
3.3. What changes were made at each release?
4. Features and Functions
4.1. What’s the difference between a map and a project?
A project contains all the components of an interactive map or set of maps that have been created in SphereVision Project Builder: maps, videos, photos, audio files, icons, and the clickable markers on maps, videos, and 360 images.
4.2. Can I have more than one interactive map in a project?
Yes. There is no limit on the number of maps. The size and number of media files (video, still image, audio) is more of a limiting factor, and will depend on your PC’s disc space and memory.
4.3. What sort of maps can I use?
A map is any still image to which you want to add links to videos, sound files, images, websites, other maps and even documents. Conventional maps, floorplans, aerial photos, ortho images and diagrams can all be used as maps.
4.4. What interactivity can I add to a map?
You can plot a route (trail) that corresponds to a 360 or static video of that route. You can also create clickable hotspots (a single point, or an area) on the map and single point ones on 360 videos and stills. Hotspots can link to other maps, images, videos, sound files, websites and even documents.
4.5. Can I add external content to a map, such as links to websites and spreadsheets, or is it just media files?
Yes, you can create popups, each of which can include text, an image, a URL and an attachment.
4.6. How do I distribute my interactive maps?
Maps can be viewed in Windows by anyone with the free SphereVision Project Viewer. In the Builder, use the Export function to create a compressed format that you can send by email or memory stick. The recipient uses the Viewer’s Import function to uncompress and view the project.
4.7. Can I put clickable hotspots on videos as well as maps? What about photos?
You can add clickable hotspots to maps, and 360 videos and images. On maps, you can additionally create routes (trails), as well as large areas that act like hotspots (e.g. click on a machine to see a safety sheet about it).
4.8. I want to use a large number of media files with my map. Can I add them in one batch, and link them later?
Yes, you can load multiple media files, of multiple types, when you first create a project, and any time thereafter. To make interactive links, you plot a marker on the map for each one.
4.9. I want to use just a part of a video, but I don’t have video editing tools. What can I do?
You can define the viewable section of a video by setting start and/or stop points, specified down to milliseconds.
4.10. How do I measure features on a 360 image?
If you have NCTRI files from NCTech iSTAR cameras, you can use the iSTAR Measurement Module to take accurate measurements from within 360 stills, view them within the project, and to export those measurements as part of an image file.