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Frequently Asked Questions


Please browse the following sections to learn more about virtual crime scenes, forensic photograpy and 360CrimeScene. If there is anything not listed or you require more information or a quote, then please contact a member of the team using the Contact Form.


How are virtual crime scenes created?
Are they better than normal pictures or video?
How much do they cost?
Why doesn't the tour work?
Why can't I see the QuickTime VR's?
Are the tours only for use on websites?
Why can't I see the virtual tours on Window XP2?


How are virtual crime scenes created?

Virtual crime scenes are created by using what is called panoramic photography. Basically these are images taken with a camera fitted with a 'fish-eye' lens that allows very wide angle shots to be taken. Pictures are taken from a number of angles and then using specialist software, these are then 'stiched' together to create one large image.

Once the pictures are joined together a file is created using a computer interface that allows the user to navigate around the image and to zoom in and out. When more than one area is photographed, they can then be linked together in the browser and the viewer can move between these shots. It is also possible to add close-ups within these so specific points of interest can be seen in more detail and notes pages also.

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Are they better than normal pictures or video?

Virtual crime scenes are not necessarily any better (or any worse) than more traditional forensic photography and reconstruction techniques. Depending upon the intended use, they allow a different perspective and more interactive user platform from which to examine evidence.

It is doubtful that virtual techniques will ever replace still photography, but rather should be seen as a supplement to any existing methods used. They have a wide variety of applications - please view the examples on this site to see how they can be of assistance in reconstructing criminal events.

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How much do they cost?

The cost of any virtual tour is dependent upon how large and detailed any project is. They can range from a few hundred pounds for a simple one room shoot, to considerably more for larger and more detailed projects. The equipment and software required to create these tours is expensive and the actual development of the tours themselves is labour intensive. Location and any supplementary consultancy work (e.g. presentation in court etc.) will also add to the cost.

However, the price is probably not significantly more than a 'standard' photographer might charge and because the platform they are viewed on is interactive, there is the ability to alter and re-arrange the images to suit your needs. Bespoke reconstructions and recreations are also available as is the possibility of adding existing still shots (digital or film) to virtual tours.

Please contact us for a quote or any advice on possible applications.

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Why doesn't the tour work?

It requires Java Virtual Machine to view the virtual tours. Please make sure you have installed Sun Java before viewing.


Java download link

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Why can't I see the QuickTime VR's?


To view the QTVR's you will need to have the Quicktime player installed. If you have a QuickTime player and it doesn't work you may need a more recent player. Please download it form here. Follow the instructions to install and you will be able to view the movie.

If you can't install QuickTime because you are at work and on a network you may need to contact your IT department and arrange for a recent player to be installed. If you are on a public computer contact the network administrator.

Quicktime download link

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Are the tours only for use on websites?


No. You can have a full interactive tour made to be viewed on a CDROM. We provide business card size CDROMs that can be given out as promotional material as well as the standard size CDROM. All CDROMS come in a custom designed sleeve or jewel case.

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Why can't I see the virtual tours on Window XP2?

In Windows XP2, you will see following information when virtual tours are displayed:"To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has restricted this file showing active content that could access your computer. Click here for options...". Then choose "Allow Blocked Content".
You can set as follow in order to avoid the security prompt. Access your IE menu: Tools>Internet Option, and set as below:


XP settings 

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