Variable Panning AND Tour speeds
Good Day, Happy new Year 2017!
1. Variable Panning and Snapshot speed. (Intra-snapshot)
Panning within tours has pros and cons. This suggestion is about setting panning for individual snapshots AND about adjusting the speed of pand In some spots in certain situations it is simply an irritation / distraction.
[a] when a tour traverses space that has already been shown pans just slow down and are perceived as time wasters. Removing a scan from a tour is not an option as clients want their audience to know where the next shot is. Sidenote - the blue line along the floor only available within the 'Walkthrough' was a partial solution but the "weird" (mesh like) changing between images is not a preference.
[b] when a series of, say 6, snapshots are taken to drive a 360 turn in a space the combination with a pan creates hesitations / a 'judder' (client description).
1.1. Need to be able to turn panning off for specific snapshots. Would need to override the &kb=1 parameter.
1. 2. Need to be able to pan faster in some shots and slow it down in others. Normal = 0 with minus and plus 1 and 2 (i.e. 5 speeds) - some views are key features and or are content rich with lots to see while others are relatively empty.
2. Variable Tour speed. (Inter-snapshot)
Some aspects need less coverage time but are necessary nevertheless. There are spaces within spaces that need to be shown but not be dwelled upon. Audiences are becoming accustomed to video that accelerates to very fast then slows to normal. This is driven by video storage space needs, social media limits and increase timelaspe type viewing. This feature would be in addition to the foregoing (Intra-snaphot). Normal tour speed would continue until a specific point (inter-snaphot marker) snapshot when it could be accelerated until another point (marker). In this case, like Labels it should have a view choice trigger.
UPDATE - 2017-01-07
3. Additional Rationale for Variable Inter-snapshot speed.
Background - The ability to do 360 turns at all scan points is probably one of the biggest value differentiations Matterport provides - moving from one 360 to another in a tour is unique (to my knowledge). However this value is lost in an automated tour where we create a 360 turn around but the experience is not good due to jerky movements and variable speeds. To remove the jerky movement we need to turn off panning for the entire tour which then reduces the experience to a fixed photo tour - so it becomes a choice pan or 360. Update 2017-01-11: Jerky movement is caused by the combination of a pan at one speed ending abruptly followed by the turn to the new image at a different speed.
Currently we need to create a 360 turn around by creating a series of images. This can range from 3 snaphots (separated by more than 180 degrees) to dozens of snaphsots with varying speeds. There are PROS to the created 360 turn around.
PRO - You can select the centre of that image so that when the turn occurs it centres where you want it to direct attention and remove the pano-edge-distortion from the selected centre of focus.
PRO - You can select the number of images so Showcase can 'turn' past uninteresting space.
CON - too few Images (Centres of Focus) and the swing is too fast - too many and the tour is too slow for audience attention span. The ideal number depends on how big the space is and how much content there is to be shown.
The introduction on a variable 'inter-snapshot' tour speed (above) in addition to allowing specific snapshots to have variable to no pan would enable greater value. @Matterport-Amir
UPDATE - 2017-01-11
4. Pan Range Adjustment - In addition to variable speed of pans from OFF and 5 speeds discussed in 1.1 and 1.2 above the ability to adjust the range of a pan would be extremely useful for showing off more on one side but less on the other. Typically in a tour you would like to have the Snapshot image at the key feature and or direction of the tour. The ability to adjust the Pan through 48 degrees in 6 degree steps (i.e. Minus - 24 through 0 (zero) to Plus +24 degrees) so that, for instance, we could pan to right or left only or more to one side than the other. This would only be set for snapshots that need to deviate from the default / global parameter.