In this tutorial you will learn how to use the event tool. This feature enables you to manage the temporality of a scene owing to a timeline and event editing. This tool was mainly conceived to create interactions in 360 videos. Using the timeline, you can go to a precise moment in the video and create interactions from that moment on. In order to better understand this feature, here is an example. You will need a 360 video. In this example, at a precise moment of the video, a text (information) appears on the panorama. Here are the main steps to follow:
- Enrich the panorama by adding a text element
- Create the events
Step 1 – Enriching the panorama
Add a text element
- Click on the “add element list”
- Select the text element and drop it onto the scene
- Rename it in the Elements column. It will be easier to find once you add several elements.
Define the properties of the text element
- Click on the “properties” icon in the Elements column
- Enter your text in the dedicated area
- Format the text using the different options available (font size, color, etc.)
- Rename the initial aspect of the element
- Define the states of the element (in our example, the element is “invisible” and “non-interactive” at the beginning of the experience and then becomes “visible” and “interactive”)
- Close the “properties” window
Follow the process step by step in this video:
Step 2 – Create the events
For this step, define the moment when the element will appear in the panorama. Click on the timeline at the bottom of your screen. The timeline window appears on the screen.
The two red lines on the timeline indicate the beginning and the end of the 360 video.
To select the moment when an element appears:
- Click on the “Play/Pause” button to play the 360 video and click the same button again to stop the video where you want to add an event. You can also select the play head, hold it and move it up to the desired moment.
- Click on “add an event”. The window opens:
- On the left, name the event
- And adjust the time if necessary
- On the right, define what has to happen. In our example:
[Then, in current scene, the text element changes state and becomes visible]
- Click on the cross to close the window. The event now appears on the timeline.
Follow this second step in the following video:
To delete an event:
- Click on the event in the timeline to select it
- Click on “delete the selected event”
If you need to modify an event, double-click on the event in the timeline. The event window appears.
To see all the events of the scene, click on the "Event tool".
Testing the experience
Test the experience by clicking on the “Test” button at the bottom right of the screen.
Here is the full tutorial in video:
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