Immersive Slideshow AVU3D

Immersive slideshows are made of high-quality stills; Based on their position in the environment, users can decide which picture they want to see next. The smooth transition from one picture to another gives the impression of visiting a 3D environment.

Urbanimmersive Immersive Slideshow Technology

AVU3D Immersive Slideshow

AVU3D is our 3D environment emulator generated from 2D still pictures. 2D images can be either photographs or computer-generated images. A multitude of 2D images covering 360° from a large number of viewpoints is organized into subsets to create panoramas, and each panorama offers a 360° view from a given observation point.

Georeferenced images created by AVU3D cover a 360° view, allowing users to rotate around an axis and see different perspectives from a given point. Like a 3D virtual tour experience, AVU3D immersive slideshows allow users to move forwards, backwards, left, right, up and down, or to make two movements simultaneously.

When used as an immersive slideshow, AVU3D technology offers the following advantages, which make it a strong competitor to real 3D technologies:

  • Requires no specific visual content hardware
  • Relatively low cost and quick production
  • High-resolution images (DSLR quality)
  • Quick navigation (no download time)
  • Light client application
  • Compatible with 3D software standards and Geographical Information System (GIS)

Ideal For Blog Content

Immersive slideshows are ideal for real estate blog content articles about properties or businesses because they can be inserted between two paragraphs just like regular high-quality still pictures, but without affecting the loading time of the page.

How to Create an Immersive Slide Show Using a DSLR Camera

Real estate photographers can create professional immersive slideshows using nothing but their DSLR camera and panoramic tripod.  The video below shows how to shoot using a Canon Rebel and HDRi images. Photographers using DSLR cameras such as the Canon Mark 4 can produce HDR pictures directly on the camera, thus speeding up the shooting process. For more information about different shooting approaches, contact Urbanimmersive. 

Immersive Slideshows Automated Post-Production Process

2D still pictures are entered into Urbanimmersive's post-production software that determines their position in a 3D environment with the use of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), automatically geocoding and organizing each image based on the angle and inclination of the camera. The same procedure is used with rendered views, giving the illusion of a virtual camera rotating around a vertical axis.

The video below shows Urbanimmersive's algorithm in real-time action on a PC computer.  The algorithm works by identifying matching images.  The right corner of the screen shows the construction of a path made of blue dots that represent panoramic views.  These blue dots can be seen inside an immersive slideshow.  Our algorithm uses GPU to process all matches.

Urbanimmersive Computing Power

Urbanimmersive operates a server room that allows the use of multiple GPU cards in order to process all images of an immersive slideshow environment.  The automated post-production geocoding process requires a lot of computing power.  Since each image needs to be compared to every other,  the amount of computing power needed is exponentially proportional to the number of images to process. Considering that some immersive slideshows have thousands of pictures to analyze, a single server would not be enough to support the service. Urbanimmersive has invested in the server room in 2010 and, since then, the corporation has continuously updated the material and kept it in pristine condition.  The server room used to generate 3D computer images as well but, since the department shut down in May 2017, only a few servers are now required for this purpose.

Since January 2018, our server room's computing power is used for crypto-mining when it's not required for new immersive projects.


Urbanimmersive Computing Power

AVU3D Photographer Licence

We are licensing AVU3D technology and post-production computing power to all photographers who have subscribed to our real estate content marketing platform and/or wish to offer 3D emulated immersive slideshows. The price of the licence is either a percentage of the photographer's sales or determined per geo-coded panoramic.

AVU3D Studio Licence

AVU3D Studio is an online software program for editing slideshows' immersive environments and user interfaces. The Studio allows the addition and management of 2D and 3D elements such as images, sounds, actions, click boxes, menus, dialogs and content. The software is designed for property developers and managers who want to create and customize immersive slideshows. We also licence software for other applications, including technical plans, off-site inspections, validation of functional studies, immersive 3D security cards and serious games. The price of the licence, billed once every year, is a percentage of the photographer's sales.

AVU3D Multi-User server

AVU3D technology provides a multi-user version that enables multiple users to visit an immersive slideshow at the same time and interact. The multi-user server is ideal for off-site group inspections. For marketing and entertainment purposes, Urbanimmersive will sometimes make its multi-user server accessible to all online immersive slideshows.

Watch the following video for examples of our AVU3D licence applications.  You can see the multi-user server in action at 2:50.

AVU3D API Licence

AVU3D API is a computer-controlled set of documents and software that allows a third party to interact with an immersive environment and integrate it directly to their computer system. AVU3D API provides the necessary tools to develop all functionalities found in AVU3D Studio. For example, this licence allows the customization of database connectivity and graphical user interfaces. AVU3D API is licenced to business partners only.

With an AVU3D API licence, you can even create game environments within an immersive slideshow.

Immersive Slideshow Made of Canon DSLR Still Pictures

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Immersive Slideshow Made of Computer-Generated Still Pictures

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