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News

At RTV, we’re constantly monitoring news and developments in the virtual tour industry. Check in often for updates and developments in virtual tour technology. As a leading virtual tour company with eight software engineers on staff, we always have some exciting news, tips, and insights to share.

For more information on our virtual tour company, please visit our virtual tour company blog

 

 

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RTV is Awarded Best Virtual Tour Software & National Photo Service!

RealTour Fusion is Here!

Real Tour Fusion is Here

July 12, 2012 – Traverse City, Michigan – RTV, Inc., the oldest and most trusted provider of national photography services and virtual tour software, announced today their new, cutting-edge virtual tour platform. RealTour Fusion (Fusion), which replaces RTV’s extremely popular Tour Builder 4.0, is packed with exciting features that make it easier than ever for anyone to create a stunning, interactive virtual tour.

In addition to making virtual tour building faster and more convenient, Fusion incorporates powerful, intuitive tools that combine hi-resolution still photos, HD panoramic images, and full motion video into captivating interactive virtual media presentations for websites and kiosks, and more. Fusion represents a quantum leap in the virtual tour software industry.

RTV has also delivered these advanced yet easy-to-use virtual tour features:

* An interactive virtual media player that supports all popular image and video formats
* HTML5 Virtual Tour player, viewable on ALL internet ready mobile devices
* Built-in Cloud Recorder for scene-by-scene voice narration
* AutoExposure Engine to send virtual tours to dozens of popular social media, video and real estate websites with a single click
* Four Powerful lead generation tools for greater exposure
* An advanced traffic reporting system allowing users to analyze visitor history

Click here for a full list of Fusion Features

Fusion delivers a truly immersive virtual tour for website visitors. Since 1999, thousands of businesses across all industries-including real estate and rental properties, hotels and motels, vacation properties, museums, health and fitness clubs, convention centers, amusement attractions, and many more-have relied on RTV for the best in virtual tour software. With Fusion, the best just keeps getting better.  Demo Fusion Tours Here

RTV Announces HD Image Delivery Engine

RTV Announces HD Image Delivery Engine

RTV launches new Image Delivery Engine allowing RTV virtual tour providers a quick and simple way to deliver high resolution images directly to their customer base.

The Image Delivery Engine is as simple as pushing a button in the virtual tour manager system and emailing a link to the customer. The new Image Delivery Engine has been programmed to work with both the HD V-Slides and HD V-Tours so all RTV customers may take advantage of the latest developments.

Most RTV virtual tour providers delivering several tours daily to their customers will instantly see several hours of time gained back on a monthly basis.

For a live demonstration on the RTV Image Delivery Engine please watch the following video: http://youtu.be/pIXMXBTQpJ8

All RTV providers are encouraged to login and test drive the new technology today. As always please call us for any questions that you may have.

RTV Releases HTML 5 Virtual Tours for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android & BlackBerry Devices.

RTV Releases HTML 5 Virtual Tours for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android & BlackBerry Devices.

Well you asked for it and we delivered! RTV’s HTML 5 Mobile Tours have officially been released and JUST in time for summer marketing fun. As you know, QR Code popularity is increasing exponentially and as a property marketing specialist you could not ask for a better time than RIGHT NOW for your virtual tours to function on all mobile platforms.

RTV’s Mobile virtual tour means that anyone can point a QR code directly to a virtual tour link and not have to worry about people looking for a special iPad & Smartphone video button anymore! Catch the full story here in our Blog.

Aerial Drone Virtual Tour Services
Summer is here and from our end it looks like everyone’s virtual tour numbers are UP UP AND AWAY! This is great and so many of you out there are shifting gears and bringing on new 1099 photographers, aerial drone pilots, and back-end helpers to keep your production lines rolling and virtual tour company humming along. This month we bring you two new pieces that we feel will help you tremendously on that side of your business. The first piece is a Non-Solicit / Non-Compete document that you can feel free to use. What we like about this document is that is never ends so you don’t have to broach the subject more than once with your 1099 employee. The contract renews every time you pay them for one year from that date. It’s also more binding than a typical non-compete document since you must pay them a lump sum to agree to the agreement. This is available now as a stand-alone item in RPM! Next up we have a step by step aerial drone delivery manual. We know that many of you have helpers and this document takes the BlueLaVaMedia drone delivery process and breaks it down step by step to help move the drone videos and still photos from Google Drive into Fusion and finally get delivered to the appropriate listing agent. We even include template emails that are pre-written for you based on different scenarios! This step-by-step manual was originally developed in 2017 and helped BlueLaVa deliver more than 200 aerial drone tours. It was recently updated and modified to accommodate the new Fusion media manager updates and bulk edit features. This will be a great manual to customize and make your own if you have staff that is helping you out during the busy season! Enjoy the new pieces and feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have! Login to RPM today https://www.RockPointeMarketing.com to download. Sincerely, Team RTV Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services 866-947-8687 The post New From RPM Marketing – Drone Delivery Manual & 1099 Contract appeared first on RTV Inc.
Tue, Jul 03, 2018
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Hello everyone and happy Memorial Day to you all! I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about some very slick virtual tour software updates that have taken place over the last month that will help you save a lot of time on the tour creation process as well as greatly enhance your productions. Log into your RTV tour manager today and take advantage of the following enhancements: New “Latest Changes” log that will keep you up to speed on our development process and updates! 100 brand new music tracks all royalty free and purchased by RTV for you to use in your tour productions. These tracks are FRESH! Single Property Website registration through RTV is now private, and your information is no longer sent to GoDaddy to register the domain name. Say goodbye to unwanted phone calls and emails! All image, video and panorama uploads now take place in our new Media Manager section of the TMS. We have added an AutoName feature too that automatically names all of your images for you. You will also fall in love with our new Bulk Edit feature that allows you to set all of your Ken Burns transitions for you at once. The new media manager also allows you to upload, name and organize all of your media while your it is uploading too to our servers. Some very big time savers here team and we hope you appreciate everything that we are doing to make sure that you stand out in your marketplace, look your best and have more free time in your life. Enjoy the updates everyone and get ready for a battery of virtual tour player updates coming your way over the next five to ten days. You’re going to love what we have coming your way. Have a safe holiday everyone and thank you all so much for your dedication to RTV and brand. Sincerely, Jason & Team RTV The post Lots of RTV System Updates & Happy Memorial Day! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Mon, May 28, 2018
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virtual tour provider facebook ad
Great news from RPM at www.RockPointeMarketing.com team! We are proud to announce our first ever Facebook Ad! This very sleek five images Facebook carousel banner ad comes just in time for a Spring marketing push for your virtual tour company. Show all of the listing agents in your area what a great photographer you are and all of the powerful property marketing tools that your company offers with your photography packages. Stand out from the photographers out there just shooting and delivering with this sleek and elegant looking facebook ad! As with all of our modern RPM marketing pieces, you will need Photoshop to edit this marketing piece. Please feel free to update the graphics with your own photos or feel free to use the ones provided courtesy of team BlueLaVaMedia! We left nothing out on this marketing piece either as ALL of the tiles are pre-written and we even include ready to go text for you to place under each tile as you set up your ad campaign. To download this new marketing piece log into your RockPointMarketing account. If you need any help setting up the ad please feel free to reach out to Jason Stringham at RTV. We are here to help! If you have suggestions for more marketing pieces please drop us a line at marketing(at)realtourvision.com We love suggestions! Enjoy the new marketing piece team! Sincerely, Team RTV Virtual Tour Software  & Powerful Property Marketing Tools Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687 The post New From RPM Marketing – Professional Photographer & Tour Provider Facebook Ad appeared first on RTV Inc.
Fri, Apr 27, 2018
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professional-real-estate-photography
All too often I see properties listed with pictures that were either taken from a cheap camera or, heaven forbid, a cell phone. I can not stress how incredibly important it is when selling your home to have professional photography. Whether you are listing it For Sale By Owner or with an agent make sure you get professional real estate photography. If you choose to list your house with a real estate agent you should require them to hire a professional photographer that specializes in real estate photography. I would even go as for to say that if your agent is not willing to take on that marketing cost for you it’s time for you to interview a different agent to assist you in selling your home. It’s not 1999 anymore and over the last dozen or so years it has been statistically proven without a doubt that professional real estate photos not only make homes sell faster, but for more money too. Try googling it for yourself and do three minutes of homework here. Try searching for “Professional Real Estate Photography Statistics” It is such a popular search phrase that Google will likely finish it off for you. After only three to five minutes of reading you will see some hard-hitting statistics that have been put out by companies like Redfin, Zillow, Realtor.com and more. The facts are the facts here. The two key components to successfully selling a home is Pricing and Marketing. Pricing is first for a reason, no matter how good the pictures are if it is overpriced you WILL sit on it and end up taking less for the property than if you had priced it right. Moreover, when marketing your home, you have to have top-notch real estate photography as this will be every potential buyer’s first impression of the house and quite often be the deciding factor on whether they will set up a showing. Now with all that being said I always hire a professional Traverse City real estate photography team for all my listings. The team over at BlueLaVaMedia does a superb job for not only myself but just about every agent in our office. Just for clarification, I pay for all of my listings photography, drone shoots, virtual tours and interactive media out of my pocket, and this is a cost I absorb even if for some reason your home does not sell. To wrap things up if you are in the market for a new home or need to sell yours, please feel free to reach out to me. All of my contact information can be found on my Traverse City Real Estate Website. If you liked my article and found my real estate photography statistics useful please be sure to come on over and sign up for more of my articles in my Traverse City Realtor Blog. Thanks! Dereck Dykes Century 21 Northland Traverse City Real Estate Agent 231-714-0627 The post Always Hire a Professional Real Estate Photographer! appeared first on RTV Inc.
Tue, Mar 13, 2018
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National Photography Service
Do you have what it takes to shoot a high end assisted care center, a five-star hotel or an entire apartment complex? Are your friends, family and customers wooing over your photos and drone videos? Do you have your 107 drone certification with the FAA and are ready to monetize that by aligning yourself with a national drone service company? Are you a good communicator that can follow instructions? If you said yes to several of these, you are likely a perfect match for Real Tour Vision’s Tour Track team. Tour Track is a national photography service. Those of you that are already on the team are likely to have already seen the increased chatter regarding RTV’s national accounts. You have also been receiving more jobs over the last couple of years than ever before from RTV. With a larger Tour Track sales staff here at our global headquarters, we have been securing an increasing number of national accounts. Nearly two thousand jobs were completed last year, and RTV’s job payouts remain some of the highest among Google Certified Photography Agencies. We are not only securing more accounts and teeing up more jobs for our Tour Track team, but we’re also once again taking strides to make the shoot and deliver process even easier for you. This year we are pleased to announce that we have brought on scheduling support for your Tour Track jobs which makes the job completion process SO MUCH EASIER! We will be discussing all this and more on our up and coming Tour Track 2018 webinar. Please join Jason Stringham, Beth Nixon and Bobbi Jo Lawrence on Tuesday February 27th at 7:00 PM Eastern for a full one-hour discussion on what’s new with Google photos shoots, RTV’s T4 program and up and coming Tour Track shoots and processes. See you there team! Those of you that are new to Real Tour Vision and our Tour Track program please visit our Tour Track Orientation page prior to the show – http://www.realtourvision.com/tour-track-info-orientation.html Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7447741410847624707 Sincerely, Team RTV Hotel Photography & Professional Virtual Tours 866-947-8687 The post The IMAGE 60 – Tour Track 2018 appeared first on RTV Inc.
Fri, Feb 02, 2018
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Virtual Staging Webinar
Maybe you’ve heard of virtual staging on the real estate photography boards and thought it was something you should add to your virtual tour business. Perhaps you have not started offering this yet because you simply don’t have time in your busy schedule to learn a new piece of software. Whatever the reason the time to get started with Virtual Staging is now and we are pleased to offer a one hour virtual staging training webinar on Tuesday February 20th at 7:00 PM Eastern. Please join us on the live event and learn how to become a virtual staging expert! REGISTER NOW – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8668201516552871682 We will have guest speaker Julie Carpenter joining us on the show. Julie has staged several hundred photos over the past several years using Real Tour Vision’s virtual staging software system! She will be showing some insider tips and tricks that are sure to save you time and make the training process very easy on new up and coming virtual stagers. Additionally, she will be going through the virtual staging process from start to finish for those who are new to virtual staging. Before attending the show please make sure you have already setup a virtual staging software account – https://stager.virtualhousestaging.com/signup Whether you are new to virtual staging or you have staged dozens of homes we are confident that you will learn something on this show. Click the link above to register for the live event and we look forward to seeing you there! RTV, Inc www.RealTourVision.com Virtual Tours & Virtual House Staging Order a virtual tour- 866-947-8687 The post The FORMULA 83- Become a Virtual Staging Expert appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Jan 31, 2018
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Great news Real Tour Vision fans; the all new HTML 5 Fusion Experience virtual tour player is here. Say hello to this responsive, fast loading, incredibly attractive, versatile tour player launched by Real Tour Vision virtual tour software company at the end of last year. We are still programming in the finishing touches, but if you have not taken the new Fusion Experience player for a ‘spin’ you should give it a try. Those of you looking for a game changer this year, here it is! Jim Blue and I soft launched this here in Traverse City, MI via phones, tablets and desktop computers and the consensus is that our new Fusion Experience player is the nicest interface they had ever seen and used. Your customers are in for a techy treat! The team worked very hard last year to take both of our Flash-based interactive virtual tour players and convert them to HTML 5. We have done that and added several improvements along the way. As of right now you can deliver your virtual tour URL’s in HTML 5 to your customers right from your RTV Tour Manager. Watch this video message from Jason LaVanture, RTV’s Co-Founder and VP – https://youtu.be/dadYhjLaxpQ Take a look at some of these virtual tour productions on display in Fusion Experience – Fusion Experience – Custom Loader Screen – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/420405?html5=1 Fusion Experience – Custom Theme, Aerial Drone Video – http://fusion.realtourvision.com/218874?html5=1 Fusion Slim – Seamless Matterport Integration – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/605315?html5=1 We are very excited for you to make use of the advanced features that Fusion Experience brings to the table such as custom themes and loader screens without enduring the slower load times that are associated with the Flash version. When it comes to HTML 5 virtual tour players, we are ahead of the curve and leading the way! Additional Announcements & News Come to the show! – Tuesday January 30th at 7:00 PM Eastern. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7988465835855995394 This will be our first FORMULA episode of 2018, and we will be covering lots of the new updates and what these exciting features do! Read more by clicking on the registration link above. Tour Credit Increase – Effective February 1st of 2018 virtual tour credits will be $12.00 each, and we will be saying goodbye to the $10.00 tour credit. We are happy to have been able to keep our tour credits to a mere ten dollars for the last 18 years, however with a great desire to continue our rapid programming and development pace a slight increase is needed. We truly appreciate your continued support and dedication to our brand.  In return we are committed to keeping our virtual tour technology ahead of the curve offering you the very best that is out there.  Additionally we are proud to announce to you that we have increased our virtual tour image limit for you so each virtual tour can now hold up to 100 images. Finally, the posting of your virtual tours to Realtor.com will be free of charge when these changes go into effect on February 1st.   Thanks for your continued support everyone and we’ll see you on the next webinar! Sincerely, Team RTV Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687 The post Fusion Experience HTML 5 & RTV News appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Jan 24, 2018
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You have likely seen new features and buttons appearing in the Fusion virtual tour system,  maybe you have even seen update messages rolling across your Facebook newsfeed over the past several months. At the end of the day, there’s just way too much going on with your business, your life and everything else to keep up with our steady battery of virtual tour software updates over here at RTV. What you need is a one-hour, laser-focused webinar on all these updates and improvements so you are ready to make any necessary changes and announcements for your business before the busy season.   Please join us on Tuesday, January 30th at 7:00 PM Eastern for The FORMULA 82 – Fusion Updates 2018.  During the show, I’ll take you through the Fusion virtual tour system and point out some of the significant updates and improvements of 2017 and thus far in 2018. During the event, we will discuss the differences between our HTML 5 Fusion Experience Player and HTML 5 Fusion Slim players. We will also discuss the new Media Gallery, 3D VR Headset Tours, the RTV video Ripper, RTV’s Tour Shredder, Secure, MyBrand & HTML 5 Delivery Links, Triple Action Floor Plans, Tour Track enhancements, our new www.RockPointeMarketing.com site and more!  See you there RTV! Register here – https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7988465835855995394 Jason The post The FORMULA 82 – Fusion Updates 2018 appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Jan 17, 2018
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If you have ever attended one of RTV’s live webinars, you know how much these shows can help you grow your business. You may also be aware, that those who subscribe to RockPointe Marketing have access to hundreds of past shows as well as a great selection of customizable marketing pieces that can be used to help promote their virtual tour business. While RockPointe Marketing was great, we wanted to make it even better! The all-new www.Rockpointemarketing.com is now live with a fresh new look and best of all, members now have the option to purchase individual shows and marketing pieces. If you would prefer to access ALL that RockPointe Marketing has to offer for one low cost, you can still subscribe for $400 per year. Did we mention the generous offering of free webinars? That’s right, free webinars to help you get the most out of Fusion (our powerful virtual tour software), maximize your profits and get the competitive edge in your business. If you have heard about our new 3D VR Headset tours but didn’t catch the webinar,  you can watch it along with many other shows by registering for a free membership and visiting the complimentary webinar category. Our paid webinars cover topics from traditional as well as internet marketing methods, photography techniques, post processing tips, and tricks, to gadget reviews and much more. There is a wealth of knowledge from Jason LaVanture, Jason Stringham, Ben Knorr, and many other industry experts that will help your photography, virtual tour and aerial drone business achieve the competitive advantage you need. We will be adding new webinars and marketing pieces as they become available, so be sure to check back often for the latest tips and tricks to help your business stand out from the crowd. Those who had a paid subscription on the old RockPointe Marketing have already been transferred over and can continue to access all of the premium content. Monthly and quarterly subscriptions will no longer be available for purchase, but those currently using these plans will have access full access until their current subscription expires. These folks will be able to continue on as a pay per piece customer or can opt to purchase the yearly subscription and access all the webinars and marketing pieces they would like. Those that had a complimentary membership on the old site or RTV photographers who would like a complimentary membership will need to visit RockpointeMarketing.com and register for an account on the new platform. These free memberships will give full access to our entire library of complimentary webinars, and allow the user to purchase individual pay per piece items. Each membership request will be sent for approval by an RTV staff member to ensure that only approved RTV photographers have access. If you haven’t watched the excellent 3 part video series in which Darryl Stringer shares some of what he has learned during his 30 years in the real estate photography industry, Beth Nixon’s hand blending exposures webinar that will take your image quality to the next level, or if you haven’t updated your marketing materials in a while, visit www.Rockpointemarketing.com today and take advantage of great prices on individual shows and pieces. Enjoy the updates! Sincerely, Team RTV RTV, Inc 866-947-8687 Virtual Tour Software & Powerful Marketing Tools The post RTV Launches New & Improved RockPointe Marketing appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017
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Virtual Tour Video
RTV proudly offers the most virtual tour features in the industry. We understand that in order to stay a leader we have to innovate on a regular basis! As we head into our final month of 2017, we have some exciting news for you on the development front. The guys have completed some fantastic new updates to the RTV Video Ripper. Watch the full release video here – https://youtu.be/o3-4Fx_1mDo  Those of you might have noticed that the videos created by the OLD video ripper had basic looking text on them and moved from scene to scene using a variety of random animated transitions. The output files were also only 720p. We are proud to say that the newly improved video ripper has quite a few improvements over the previous ripper. Here is our short list: • Now in 1080 HD – That’s right team! Our new video ripper pulls the images from your original HD uploaded images and uses your original files to create a high definition production. • Includes Uploaded Videos – Are you an Aerial Drone Operator? Do you do video walk-throughs or AstroZooms in your RTV productions? If you use ANY video at all in your Real Tour Vision productions you will love the fact that our new video ripper also pulls your full motion video clips from your interactive virtual tour and adds them into your video rip. You can find the rip to video toggle now enabled on your video clips in the scene manager. By default, all videos within your virtual tour production will be included in your video output. • Ken Burns Replicator – The new video ripper examines EACH of your carefully defined Ken Burns transitions from your interactive virtual tour and replicates that into the video rip. Say goodbye to random transitions. The new video ripper will do EXACTLY what you tell it to, right down to how long each slide is shown in the video. • Spherical Optical Correction Added – The old video ripper would not optically correct spherical panoramas so they looked absolutely horrid when ripped into a video production. The new video ripper carefully optically corrects the viewing of a spherical panorama so the viewer can look at your spherical panoramas now without any distortion. With 3D spherical tours on the rise this was a MUST for us to include in our latest version! • Enhanced Output Control – We have added several new buttons and toggles in the video promotion section of your tour manager to allow for finer control over video creation. • Full Audio Support – The new video ripper now supports ALL audio formats including AudioPal narrations, custom tour narration, RTV Radio and custom uploaded .mp3 music tracks. Here are a few videos that were just ripped: Palaestrum – AudioPal, Drone Footage, Still Photos, Cylindrical Panoramas  San Remo – AudioPal, Agent Video Introduction, Still Photos, Cylindrical Panoramas  Bridge Street – Still Photos, Optically Corrected Spherical Panoramas  Enjoy the new virtual tour software technology team and keep your eyes and ears peeled for the release of our all new HTML 5 Fusion Experience player that we will be showing you in the coming days! Thanks for your support. Team RTV The post RTV Launches New Video Ripper – Drone Pilots and Video Guys Sure to Like appeared first on RTV Inc.
Fri, Dec 01, 2017
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