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How to Create your own Virtual Reality Expedition!

Use Google Tour Creator to create and publish VR tours. You can use Google Street View panoramas, add your own images from 360-degree cameras, and annotate the tour with details to create immersive experiences. Sign in to Tour Creator with you Google Account.

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You can also create a tour using templates with photospheres, overlays, and text, all of which you can edit or customize as you like. In this blog, we'll explain to you how to start and the easy steps to start creating your own VR expedition! 

*Tested on Standard  VR sets. May not work with the Lenovo advanced headset. Once is it fixed or it works, I will let you know to update it.

Before you begin

-You must sign in to Tour Creator with your Google

-Tour Creator works with Chrome Browser, Firefox®, and Safari®.

-You don't need to save files. Your tours auto save to Tour Creator as you work

-Only use images and content you own, or that are in the public domain, or that you’re otherwise entitled to use. 

You can create a tour using different elements such as:

-Overlays—You can add overlays on a scene to provide information or highlight elements of your tour. The overlay can comprise text, another image, color, or special

-Photos—You can also use 360-degree

-Sound—Audio can be ambient sound—site-specific background noise, creating context and atmosphere for a Narration is spoken information describing the scene and particular points of interest in the scene.

Requirements

 You can impose overlays on an image or Street View panorama to add information or highlight elements of your tour. The overlay can comprise text, another image, color, or special effects.

Overlay Images:

1. Any image you impose over the main image must be a minimum of 320x320 pixels, maximum 1200x1200

2. Use only JPEG or PNG

360-degree photos:

1. Aspect ratios must be 2:1.

2. Dimensions should not exceed 4096x2048

3. Use only JPEG or PNG

4. File size shouldn't exceed 2

5. Omni stereo images (panoramic stereo images) are also supported with a 1:1 aspect ratio and can't exceed 4096x4096

Create your first tour! 

Step 1: Sign in and get started

1. Sign in to Tour Creator.

2. Click + New Tour

3. Enter a title

4. (Optional) Enter a description 

5. (Optional) Click categories and select a category. 

Categories help others find your tours on Poly. 

6. To add a cover photo choose an option: 

  • Drag an image into the cover section photo

  • Click select an image, choose an image and click open. 

 

 

Photos must be at least  1440x720 pixels 

7. Click create

Step 2: Add a scene

1. Click add scene

2. Choose an option to add an image: 

  • To add a Google Street View panorama, click Google Maps, type an address. 
  • To upload and image, click upload and drag the image into the screen or select one from your computer.                                                       

 3. Click add scene to add your panorama or image to your tour

4. Add a title

5. (Optional) add a description or credits 

6. (Optional) to add ambient audio or narration, click add audio  or add narration and choose an option:

  • Drag an audio file into the screen and click

 add. 

  • Click Select an audio file, click a file, click Open  add. 

 

 

Note: Use only MP3 files. Audio clips must be 10-30 seconds.

7. (Optional) to add further scenes, click add scene and follow the steps above 

8. (Optional) to view a scene, at the bottom, click the scene 

9. To reorder your scenes, at the bottom, click the scene, click more  move right or move left. 

10. To delete a scene, click the scene, then click trash  delete scene. 

Step 3: Add a point of interest to a scene

1. (Optional) To add a point of interest, click + Add point of interest 

2. Use your mouse or pad to position the point of interest  in the scene.

3. Enter a title or description 

4. (Optional) to add an image, click choose image  and choose and option: 

  • Drag an image into the screen and click

 

  • Click Select an image, choose an image, and click Open  add. 

 

 

5. (Optional) To reorder your points of interest, click one, click more   move up or move down

6. (Optional) To add narration, click a point of interest, click add narration  and choose and option:

  • Drag an audio file into the screen and click

 add. 

  • Click Select an audio file, click a file, click Open  add. 

 

 

Note: Use only MP3 files. Audio clips must be 10-30 seconds.

7. (Optional) To delete a point of interest, click it, click more  delete point of interest. 

Create a tour with a template

Use a template

You can copy and customize templates to create tours.

1. Sign in to Tour Creator.

2. Click templates 

3. Scroll through the templates and click a tour

The copy of the tour opens in your browser.

4. To customize the tour, edit any of the content—scenes, photospheres, overlays, points of interest, and text.

Your tours autosave to Tour Creator as you work.

View your tour in Expeditions

You can add tours you create in Tour Creator to your Google Expeditions app. You can also add tours you like or share on Poly to the app.

You must be signed in to the same Google Account on both Expeditions and Tour Creator when you publish a tour.

Create, publish, and view tours

Step 1: Create your tour

  1. On your web browser, sign in to Tour Creator.

  2. Follow the steps to Create a tour. (See previous Section)

 

 

Step 2: Publish your tour

  1. On your web browser, sign in to Tour Creator.

  2. Publish your tour as public or unlisted. (See previous Section)

 

 

Step 3: View your tour in Expeditions

Any tour you publish in Tour Creator—public and unlisted—will appear in the My Tours tab of your Expeditions app.

1. On your mobile device, tap Expeditions

2. Sign in with your Google

3. Tap Library My tours. 

4. Search or scroll vertically to find the tour you created in Tour Creator and published on Poly.

You'll see Tour Creator on those tours.

5. Tap your Tour 

6. Tap Download to view or guide.

Step 4: Add tours from Poly

1. On your web browser, sign in to Poly

Note: Sign in with the account you use for Tour Creator.

2. Find a tour you’d like to add to Expeditions and choose an option:

  • Click Like 

  • Click Share  Expeditions

 

 

3. On your mobile device, tap Expeditions  

4. Sign in with your Google Account 

5. Tap Library  My tours 

6. Search or scroll vertically to find the tour you liked or shared on Poly.

You'll see Poly  on those tours

7. Tap the tour to see a summary of the content.

8. Tap Download to view or guide

9. If you see a notice on a tour you added from Poly that says, “Changes have been made to this tour. Would you like to update it?

  1. Make sure you are connected to the internet 

 

  1. Tap update

 

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Want to discover more about Virtual Reality Expeditions?

Check our products page and start your lessons with RobotLAB! and our learning Platform EngageK12! 

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