View Full Version : Interactive turntable?

01-24-2011, 03:43 AM
I think I have see a sort of interactive turntable on a web page, where you can 'spin' a CGI object to see it from different angles.

Anyone got any clues how this can be done, (or even what it is called would be a start!)

I'm going to be involved in a project to help people make physical models of a subject, and I'd like something that will let them view it from several angles. I don't want to use VRML as I don't want to release the CGI models, and I think they are way too detailed anyway.

All clues gratefully received.


01-24-2011, 03:48 AM
the simplest way is using QuicktimeVR, what it does is create a sequence of images that once made into the QTVR are shown in sequence forwards or backwards when you "rotate" the object.

In lightwave just save it as animation and select quicktimeVR as output format.

01-24-2011, 03:54 AM
Something like this: http://www.artstorm.net/plugins/turntable-flash-viewer/ ?

It doesn't go up or down though.


01-24-2011, 04:34 AM
Thanks Lightwolf - the turntable viewer looks very like what I had in mind.

Basically, while the usual sort of perspective free plans will be included, personally I find them difficult to fully visualise. So, on the basis that I am probably not alone, something you can spin to view from multiple angles solves it neatly!

I don't think one dimension rotation is an issue - I can always rotate the object 90 degrees and provide a second animation.

Danner - I have made QTVR's before that pan around an environment, (though the lack of 64 bit viewer support as a royal pain), but not done one of a turntable object before...

Do you happen to know of any tools that compile the images? Or viewers?

Thanks again to you both!

01-24-2011, 04:48 AM

01-24-2011, 06:10 AM
LightWave's QTVR support is only for objects not environments anyway I believe.


01-24-2011, 07:35 AM
I was pointed at a full blown tutorial:


Still not sure about 64 bit, and the result needs to be 100% portable.

01-24-2011, 09:18 AM
Quicktime didn't work on windowsXP64, but it does now, also under Vista64. Not sure about any other 64bit implementation.. haven't tried it.

There are two types of quicktime VRs One Uses a panoramic image you can look around in, and the other you rotate an object around. Both are image based to simulate 3d.

01-25-2011, 09:18 AM
Something like this: http://www.artstorm.net/plugins/turntable-flash-viewer/ ?

It doesn't go up or down though.


I haven't updated that one for a long time. I did make a major effort in rewriting it from scratch in the last major update designing it with a MVC architecture all the way, so I had a stable base to build upon. I can easily drop in new classes to support new methods to bring in Turntables, which was the main reason for putting time into designing a new architecture for it.

I had a road map planned for a couple of different video formats to support as well as adding one of the flash 3D engines as an option as well.

Unfortunately I finished the rewrite of the open architecture around the time the "Flash Wars" between Adobe and Apple began. And I'm personally using a few "iGadgets" these days, like my iPad which I bring with me everywhere and use for wip clips and client demonstrations.

So I am not that motivated to continue developing and dedicating time towards a viewer that I based on the flash platform anymore as I don't have use for it myself without the flash support in the "iStuff".

So it's unlikely that I'll make another update for it. But if its current features are enough, those works as intended and will continue to do so. :)

If I ever make another update I'll probably look into making something with HTML5 and JS instead of continuing the AS3 code. I should probably just upload the current code to one of the open source repositories so people finding use in a flash viewer can easier tweak it to their needs.

01-07-2014, 03:11 AM
Does it exist any update about this, even third-party software? It would be nice a turntable executable file where is possible a bit of zoom into the model.

Would Adobe Acrobat 3D get anything with baked textures? Any other soft?

01-07-2014, 10:48 AM
Isn't QTVR still your best bet?

01-07-2014, 01:53 PM
Has it already zoom capabilities?

01-07-2014, 03:20 PM
You could try this


I've used their other software pano2vr and would recommend it.

01-07-2014, 06:00 PM
Has it already zoom capabilities?
Yup. Image based though, so it's not unlimited (but what is?).

01-07-2014, 09:31 PM
Thanks to both.

I 'll check again QTVR options to find what I missed and I'll try that other soft

01-26-2014, 10:45 PM
I've just discovered this


01-27-2014, 12:06 AM
Now that looks interesting, thanks for posting