Rotating / 360 degree view of product

I have a client who is a manufacturer of large hauling trailers. Currently his website has a main photo for each type of trailers. The trailer is isolated on a transparent background.

He has asked what would be involved in allowing visitors to the site to ROTATE the trailer and view all angles by clicking a left and right arrow. Just like can be done on most major car manufacturers website.

My only plan is to setup a large scale photo set within the manufacturing plant, bring each trailer in and photograph it from about 30+ angles and have them stiched together somehow. Is there a program that can do this best?

And, does anyone have a simpler alternative? We're talking about 40 or so trailers so it would be kind of a massive photo shoot. Don't know what alternative there would be. But thought i'd ask. Hopefully this question is suitable for this forum.

Thanks,
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osiris00Commented:
You woudn't need thirty angles. A minimum though of around 12 would be needed.  It all depends on whether you want  smooth transitions or not between images. An interesting link about creating virtual images is here http://beckerexhibits.wustl.edu/3D/faq/index.html#capturea .  Now for the tricky part and yes it will be a massive shoot.  You need to have a large clear area for the trailer where you can place it in the middle of a large marked circle. The circle circumference will be used to place a tripod with a camera. You would need to mark  at equal intervals  where you want to take your shots from on the circle. So if you decide that you will take pics every 30 degrees then you will have 12 marks on the circle. Hope it makes sense! Also you will need to point the camera lens towards the centre of the circle each time you move it.  You can then use a flash too or some javascript to view the images eg. http://www.yofla.com/flash/3d-rotate/ .
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Moe_213Author Commented:
Thanks! I needed exactly that kind of information - and the links are great.
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ddhammCommented:
People use flash to make those 3D rotating images. I really am not an expert in this but I read about some of the tools to do this with
Besides the reference given above: http://www.yofla.com/flash/3d-rotate/ 

Here are some others:
http://www.flashloaded.com/flashcomponents/3dbox/

http://www.shinedraw.com/3d-illusion/flash-and-silverlight-3d-image-rotation/

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