To take the the MIT
Virtual Tour, you need a frames-capable browser
and the QuickTime
(Unix users: If you have a QuickTime-capable helper
application, you'll be able to view the full-motion video
prefer to take the tour without frames, we offer a text
of all tour locations.
Now, some key terms.
QuickTime VR is a technology developed by Apple Computer
that represents a three-dimensional environment. Panoramas
consist of a single 360-degree photograph with both ends
"connected," giving you the illusion of traveling through an
entire room or location. Some of the QuickTime VR movies in
the Virtual Tour show only part of the full 360-degree
A QuickTime movie is simply a full-motion video, playable by
any application that can handle movies.
VR Object Movie
Object movies provide a 360-degree view of a single object,
allowing you to rotate the object as if you had it in your
do I navigate a QuickTime VR movie?
To navigate either kind of Quicktime VR movie, simply click
and drag with your cursor around the movie window. You can
zoom in or out with the magnifying glass tool in your
QuickTime VR player; alternatively, hold down the Control
key and the left mouse button to zoom out, or Shift and the
left button to zoom in. (Macintosh users may use the single
mouse button along with Control or Shift.)
can't play any of your movies. What's
Have you downloaded and installed the QuickTime
from Apple? Please note that some of the QuickTime VR movies
are saved in a format requiring QuickTime 3.0 or better to view.
Windows Media Player users: The Windows Media Player incorrectly displays QuickTime VR as a series of quickly moving vertical photos. In addition, when attempting to play a Quicktime movie, you may see the error message "could not download decompressor codec." If you see this message, please use QuickTime to play the movies instead.
Athena and other Unix users: Please take a look at our FAQs about xanim settings and QuickTime VR.
can I find a list of all the movies/locations on the
A text-only listing of all the movies and locations
is linked at the bottom of every tour page ("Tour
isn't my living group/department/lab on the tour?
The Virtual Tour is designed to accommodate
expansion. We have a long list of locations we want to shoot
next, including many living groups and laboratories. If you
have a specific suggestion for a tour location, let us know
done viewing the movie. How do I get back to the page I
was on before?
Click the "back" button on your browser.
Unfortunately, the QuickTime VR zoom keyboard shortcuts are
the same as the back/forward keyboard shortcuts on some
browsers, so using your browser's "back" button is the most
reliable way of getting back to the previous
seeing white grid lines on a black background instead of a
QuickTime VR movie!
Those grid lines appear when loading a QuickTime VR
movie. Wait until the movie is fully loaded, and they will
go away. Interestingly enough, you can still scroll around
the grid lines even before the movie is done loading. Fun.
can't see the QuickTime VR navigation buttons on my
Smaller monitors or monitors at lower resolutions may not
show the full vertical height of the QuickTime VR movie. To
correct this problem, simply grab the movable frame bar at
the top of the movie frame and drag it up until you see the
QuickTime VR controls. (You'll be able to use QuickTime VR
keyboard shortcuts regardless of whether you can see the
using a Macintosh, and the image map location rollovers seem
Navigator for Macintosh. To "release" the rollovers, pass your mouse over any part of the top frame except the map, and the rollovers will be reset.
I don't see scrollbars in my lower frame.
If you don't see scrollbars in the lower frame, and the frame
clearly should have them (i.e., you can see part of the next location,
but can't scroll to get to it), you should reload the frame. In
Netscape Navigator, click and hold within the frame until you see a
pop-up menu; select "Reload." (On a PC or Unix machine, you
may need to use the right mouse button to click and hold.) Within
Internet Explorer, click and hold until you see a pop-up menu; select
"Refresh this Page."
a Unix user. Why can't I view your VRs?
At the time the Virtual Tour was originally designed (and
during the time when this footage was shot), there was no
fully cross-platform VR solution. Even now, the only
solution we are aware of is Java-based, and slow and jerky
on some systems. As technology improves, we will certainly
consider making the VRs available in more
can still view the full-motion videos in any QuickTime-aware
helper application, such as xanim
You're welcome to try viewing the VRs, too -- you'll get a
vertical slideshow of the frames that compose the
an Athena user, and I'm getting
when I try to view your movies.
Check your mime-types settings as follows:
Netscape Navigator 4.x and above, select Edit:
- In the
Category window, click on the triangle to the left of the
word "Navigator" to drop down its menu. Select
through your Applications Description window until you
see the mime-type "QuickTime Video" on the left. Make
sure that the path under "Handled by" looks like:
provide comprehensive technical support for every question
you might send us, but we'll try. Email us at
was created by Campus Wide Information Systems and the
Admissions Office, with additional support from the
Publishing Services Bureau.
Levinson managed the project for Information
Davenport managed the project for the Admissions Office.
Blackburn of the Publishing Services Bureau
provided graphic design and help with the user
Dzuiba of Soapbox wrote the copy.
- Debbi Edelstein of Sitelines copyedited the tour.
Lisanti of CWIS and Bruce
Bernstein of the PSB provided invaluable
Miller, formerly of the PSB, helped lead this
project when it began in 1997.
Gentile and John Chandonnet
helped design the project and shot some of the
Gaudiano shot and edited some of the
Collier of MIT Video Productions provided
footage and editing assistance.
Rhind of Horizon Media edited and digitized most
of the footage for this tour.
student workers Charlie Cano and
Marleigh Norton coded these
all the students, faculty and staff members who participated
in the making of this project: Todd Belton, Pearl
Camara, Wesley Chan, Ryan Chin, Mishone Donelson, Mehran
Islam, Andy Jonic, Daniel Kemp, Marie Kosley, Andrew
Migliano, Steve Paik, Jag Patel, Matthew Seegmiller, Marc
Steinberg, Helen Sullivan, Matt Wall, Hoeteck Wee, David
Wiborg. (A special thanks to Mike
Milas, who drove the pickup truck down Memorial
Drive so we could shoot two movies.)