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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

 

 

PhotographyTalk.com Awards RTV

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.

Did you know that there is resellable advertising space in your Fusion virtual tour software? Have you ever wondered what MyBrand is or how to use it? Join Jay Stringham and Fusion technical support specialist Derek Conrad on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm EST to learn many Fusion tips and tricks that are often overlooked or forgotten. Derek will show you how you can maximize the user experience as well as your upselling potential in the newest installment in RTV’s FORMULA webinar series. If you yet to meet Derek you will quickly come to appreciate his patience and sense of humor. He does such a fantastic job training new users and helping our customers with all of their technical support needs. We decided it was time to put him in the spotlight and host an Episode of the FORMULA here at RTV. If you want to get the most out of your 360 panorama software make sure you register today and we’ll see you there! Please register using your tour manager, and as always if you have any questions or topics you would like to see covered please send your suggestions to Jstring@realtourvision.com. We hope you can join us. The post Fusion Tips & Tricks Webinar With Derek Conrad appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
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Holiday Post Card
Hello RTV fans, family, and virtual tour company owners! Happy Holidays to you all! We’re very excited about two new RPM marketing pieces that we’ve worked diligently on over the last few weeks. We think you’ll love the professional look and feel as well as the message they have on them. These pieces are 95% done for you and ready for you to get your marketing on. The first piece is a very nice 6 x 4 holiday postcard that you can use just in time for the holiday season. This double sided postcard is ready for you and all images are royalty free courtesy of team BlueLaVaMedia. We encourage you to use your own images if you like and of course you’ll need Photoshop to edit the files so you can customize with your personal virtual tour company information, logo, images or other. Since 2007 BlueLaVaMedia has sent out holiday cards to our entire customer base. It’s something that you should do too if you’re a good marketer looking for continued success. Our second piece this month is none other than a Zillow Certified Photographer piece. It’s a very attractive looking double sided flyer compiled nicely with royalty free images for you to use and we’ve taken Zillow’s power point presentation and added most of the agent benefits to this piece. We think you’ll love the look and feel as well as the message. This piece is also done using Photoshop and you’ll need just a few minutes of your time to customize before you send to print. For those of you that are not yet Zillow Certified please feel free to reach out to RTV directly and we’ll point you in the right direction if you qualify for the program. Happy Holidays everyone! To snag these two new pieces please login to your www.RockPointeMarketing.com account today. Happy marketing team. Sincerely, Team RTV. RTV, Inc Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Services 866-947-8687 The post Happy Holidays Post Card & Zillow Approved Photographer Marketing Pieces appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Dec 07, 2016
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Real Estate Photography System
Having great photography is important, and you should be working on improving your image quality all the time, but that’s not the only thing that determines whether or not you will have a great business. In fact, two of the biggest impacts upon your success as a real estate photographer are pricing and marketing. On Tuesday October 25th we will be joined by Darryl Stringer, an 18 year veteran of real estate and architectural photography (and creator and founder of The Real Estate Photography System), who will be making a presentation called “Pricing and Marketing Essentials For Your Business.” During this webinar you’ll learn: – Four reasons not to compete on price – after all, you don’t want to win the race to the bottom – How to calculate your fees so you know you’re charging enough for your services and reaching your daily targets, and how a small price rise can make a big difference – The difference between being busy and being profitable – The one big idea you can learn from Olympic athletes – How to charge more for your photography – Objective criteria that you can use so you know when you should, and should not, be outsourcing your photo editing – What all photographers should aim for when it comes to promoting their business – Five marketing ideas that will help you get more clients – How to transform your business into a profit making machine You’ll also be provided with multiple PDF worksheets to download, so this will be a very practical session, and something you definitely don’t want to miss. RTV is very excited to welcome Darryl to the Through The Lens Microphone and hope that you can join us. Click here to register If you are a real estate photographer and haven’t tried our virtual tour software, we highly suggest you give it a try. You can start your free no obligation trial here. The post RTV Welcomes Darryl Stringer of The Real Estate Photography System On October 25, 2016 appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Oct 05, 2016
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virtual tour company postcard
This month RPM is giving you a very nice postcard to send out expressing your authority as a professional photographer and a property marketing expert!  The front side is fully customizable and has images from BlueLaVaMedia already in it for you to use copyright free for your RTV virtual tour business.  Feel free to replace these images with those of your own if you wish.   The back side of the postcard neatly lists out some of your favorite and most powerful property marketing services.  You’re also able to easily edit and customize the back of this marketing piece so be sure to do so immediately after you download it from RPM.   As of late we’ve been making all of our RPM marketing pieces using Photoshop. You’ll need Photoshop CC or another compatible version of Photoshop to fully customize this marketing piece.  If you need a legacy version of this saved please email jstring@realtourvision.com and we’ll accommodate your needs once your RPM membership is confirmed. Thanks for your continued support and please realize the importance of steady and continual marketing to both your customers and prospects.  It has worked well for the leaders of the RTV network and will do the same for you too!   If you are not currently a RockPointe Marketing member and would like to learn more please visit http://rockpointemarketing.com/ . As a paid subscriber you will have access to tons of useful information including many webinars covering a multitude of topics, customizable marketing pieces and much more. Sincerely, RTV Marketing Team RTV, Inc www.RealTourVision.com Virtual Tour Software & Property Marketing Tools Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687 The post New from RPM Marketing – Property Marketing Experts Postcard appeared first on RTV Inc.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016
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Photoshop Photographer Training
The are many different routes to take when editing photos for your virtual tour company. When editing HDR (High Dynamic Range) imagery, there are many programs that can be used to automate the blending of your exposures for you, but do the results give you the best possible final image? While I have used many options to process multiple exposure into a single image that shows detail across the entire dynamic range, I hands down prefer the results I can achieve with hand blending in Photoshop. I have found this method produces the most natural looking, realistic photographs. Sure using Photomatix, SNS or one of the many HDR programs will speed up the workflow which as a virtual tour provider is EXTREMELY important, but at the end of the day, the quality of the images suffer. If I am going to put my name on the work I expect it to be the highest quality I can possibly produce. These programs often produce results that appear muddy and unappealing. Unexpected color shifts are also common and difficult to control. I understand from a photographer’s perspective that hand-blending images is not for all situations. If you have multiple real estate virtual tour jobs to edit in a day, and customers who demand quick turnaround, this may not be the best editing system for you. Hand blending requires a greater time investment. When this is the case there are programs that provide a good balance between time input and quality output worth using; as long as the outcome meets your client’s requirements. Keep in mind that higher quality imagery will attract clients who are willing to pay for better quality. You may just find that you have less work, but you are able to make the same amount of income or more. In this Webinar I will show you how to edit images in Photoshop using Adobe Camera Raw to make basic edits of the images, and then open them into Photoshop as layers. I will demonstrate how to take advantage of layer masks to reveal details in shadows from my overexposed images and bring back detail in the blown out highlights to make an equally balanced photo. Once you have begun to master this technique I believe you will find it your go to method of editing for higher end clientele. I will also show you how to create basic presets in Adobe Bridge, that you can use on any photo project. I will also go over creating keyboard shortcuts, that will help make the process easier, once you get the hang of this technique. This webinar will be best for those who understand Photoshop, but if you are new to the program don’t despair. There are many resources such as YouTube and Lynda.com (which offers a free 7 day trial) that you can learn from. Stick to it and you will be a Photoshop pro before you know it! We hope you can join Jay and I Tuesday Sept 27th at 7:00 pm. Register now in your RTV Virtual Tour Manager! Beth Nixon Lead Processor, RTV Inc The post Through The Lens 3 – How To Blend Multiple Images For High End Results appeared first on RTV Inc.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016
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Hello RTV fans and family! We wanted to follow up with you after our webinar event last week. We have posted a recording of the show here https://youtu.be/zRsB1PHw7CQ  and will leave it posted there for a couple of weeks as an unlisted link for those of you who missed the live event. If you would like to work on getting your 107 drone endorsement you can do so by visiting the following page – http://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/rtv    I believe that Alan Perlman will be leaving the $50 off his course active for two more weeks for us so make sure you take advantage of that soon if you’re interested. I do recommend that you watch the show above as we disclose a TON of information during the show that will be very helpful for you throughout the entire process. Finally, I would highly recommend that you get on Alan’s dashboard / email list as he’s sending out weekly emails like the one I’ve pasted into this email to you below.  Some very helpful tips and tricks that are tailored specifically for drone operators of all skill sets are included. You can sign up for his emails here – http://uavcoach.com/ What I really liked about his email today was that it helps you get started VERY affordably. I mentioned during our last show that RTV has begun bidding on national accounts that include drone photography so WE REALLY WANT YOU ALL IN THE AIR ASAP!!   Make sense? Thanks for your support and happy / safe flying everyone! Sincerely, Jason Virtual Tour Software & Property Marketing Tools   ___________     Alan’s email from earlier today – Hey, If you’ve never flown a drone before, there’s a little secret I should let you in on. You will crash. There’s no avoiding it. Your hardware will fail. Your software might go wonky. You’ll run into a situation you’ve never encountered before. It doesn’t matter how strong of a pilot you think you are. One of these things will happen. Aside from adopting a pilot mindset and taking the time to properly train, one thing you can do to save a little pride is to buy a cheaper, more affordable training drone. None of these systems will break the bank, so they’re great for training. These models also have some of the most advanced features in the sub-$150 price range. Check out 17 of the best cheap training drones here – http://uavcoach.com/cheap-drones-for-beginners/ Don’t forget to check out the list of specs and features below each one. Blue skies and safe flying, Alan Perlman The post 107 Commercial Drone Endorsement – RTV Webinar Follow up appeared first on RTV Inc.
Tue, Sep 06, 2016
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RTV virtual tour software company is pleased to announce that as of 8/9/16 we have launched new code that drastically increases the image quality settings of still images throughout the entire RTV system.  While the release of the new Fusion system is still being programmed we were able to take some of the pieces and easily place them into the existing Fusion virtual tour system.  This update is one of many new updates that we will be releasing this summer to the existing system before the launch of the new Fusion system.  We highly encourage all of you to review the changes below and please report back to us with your thoughts.  Please keep in mind that these changes will ONLY apply to NEW virtual tours and the images that you upload to the system. You may notice a slight increase in the processing time after you have uploaded your images. This is a very minor increase and the results are definitely worth the trade off. Be sure that you base all feedback on new tours that you create. We’re quite confident that you like what we’ve got in store for you! Here’s a short summary of the many areas of Fusion that are impacted by today’s update: Image & Tour Thumbnails – You will quickly see that all of the virtual tour thumbnails throughout the entire system are much cleaner, easier to see, sharper and overall just MUCH better.  You will quickly notice this when you’re sorting your scenes, looking at your RSS feeds, viewing images from within your virtual tour gallery or maps and any other areas in the system that use smaller versions of your uploaded images. This will also apply to the thumbnails on the Fusion Experience player within the carousel. Overall all thumbnails in the system now look awesome! Image Delivery Engine – The Fusion Image Delivery Engine (https://gyazo.com/3cb58c2ed25277b3b83be400b75de312) has also been given a very nice upgrade.  For those of you that were using third party services to send your high resolution images to your customers, we encourage you to test out the newly improved images from our Image Delivery Engine on your next order.  We’ve given you 300 DPI quality and we’re confident that you will not see any loss in quality form what you upload to Fusion to what you’re delivering to your customer.  We’re giving you the very same quality settings that we use when we deliver images to our national photography accounts.  Fusion Virtual Tours – The images within the Fusion virtual tours will be noticeably cleaner and sharper.  You will also be happy to know that we were able to keep the overall size (MB) of the files the same and often smaller than what they were before so our overall file size has not increased at all with this increase in quality! All Other Images – Any other places that are not listed above that display a resized image from Fusion such as your Single Property Website, your E-Brochure, Agent or Broker Gallery pages will all be positively impacted by this update to our system.  What about Fusion Flyers? OK great question and we knew that you were searching for that!  Tom is very close to updating that part of the code too that will give you higher quality images for your printable flyers. We currently expect this to come within a week or so.  Get ready for GREATLY improved printable flyers from Fusion real soon!! What’s the update on the new Fusion player? Glad you asked!  We’re VERY close to giving all of our customers a new end user experience like never before, across all devices.  RTV is moving to one player VS having a separate player for mobile and desktop.  The Fusion Virtual Tour experience will be consistent from desktop to mobile devices. Get ready for: • A completely identical experience from desktop to mobile • Audio & Narrations on mobile • Floor Plans on mobile • Hot Spots on mobile • Lead Capture on mobile • Affiliates on Mobile • Faster Mobile and Desktop Virtual Tour Load Time (A LOT FASTER) • Seamless 3rd Party Embed function for YouTube, Vimeo, MatterPort (No More Pop Up) We’ll be keeping you posted as we progress on this front team!!  We know you’ll love it.  When will the new Fusion system be out? That’s actually a very tough question to answer.  We’re allocating more resources towards the rewrite of Fusion 2.0 than we did for Fusion’s original programming endeavor. We now have two fulltime (in-house) engineers working on Fusion in addition to the efforts of Tom and his team to help bring this puppy to close.  We are anticipating a release sometime early next year.  The good news is that Tom and Ken have done a great job growing and stabilizing the system.  They’ve increased overall speed of the system and when this is done we’ll have a very stable virtual tour hosting platform from which we can continue to build off of. In Summary: There’s a LOT going on over here and we appreciate all of your continued support and dedication to our brand.  Please keep sending your suggestions and ideas! We can’t promise we will be able to make them all happen, but we are always looking for new ideas to help us offer the most feature rich virtual tour platform on the market.   Sincerely, Team RTVVirtual Tour Software & Property Marketing ToolsOrder a virtual tour – 866-947-8687 The post Virtual Tour Technology Update & Image Quality Improvements appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016
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There are many of you that use RTV’s Private Labeled Login feature with your virtual tour photography customers so they can login, make price changes, create flyers, manage virtual tours, place new orders and more.  This increased use of our private labeled login feature has been stirring up several inquiries for RTV to provide a training video for YOUR customers.  A video that is created in such a way that it provides quality training without driving any attention away from your brand.   We’re pleased to announce that we have created just such a training tool for you to use with your customers.  You may embed the video onto your website, or if you prefer you can download the video from this page and upload it to your own YouTube account for embedding.    Thank you all for your continued support and we hope this video helps you make your job easier! Fusion Agent Training Video Sincerely, Team RTV Virtual Tour Software & Property Marketing Tools 866-947-8687 The post New Fusion Agent Training Video appeared first on RTV Inc.
Tue, Aug 09, 2016
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google-trusted-agency
The old saying “The only thing constant is change” applies to many things and the Google Street View | Trusted program is certainly one of them. The Google Street View | Trusted program was started in April of 2010, in an effort to bring local businesses more attention in search engine results and increase the high-quality content that is served up in search content. Since that time Google has continually redefined the program including who can become a trusted photographer, what the final product will look like, and how it can be viewed. With each new announcement, photographers and the businesses they serve, are left to interpret what the changes mean, and do they increase or decrease the value of the final virtual tour product. RTV became a Google Trusted Agency in 2014 and added Google’s walkthrough style tours to the services we offer to businesses across the country. In a short year and a half, many virtual tour providers within the RTV network took the initiative to become T4 Certified, which enabled them to shoot Google style tours for RTV, as well as allowing them to sell Google tours in their local area. Hundreds of Google-style virtual tours have been completed for our national clients, in addition to the high-quality professional photography and interactive virtual tours that have been the mainstay of our Tour Track professional photography service for years.  On July 19th, 2016 at 7:00pm est, Shawn Roach and Jay Stringham will be hosting an informational Tour Track national photography service webinar, covering the most recent changes to the Google Street View | Trusted program and how RTV as a company will proceed with the program in the future. If you are a veteran Tour Track photographer, a recent newcomer, or an RTV photographer who is considering shooting Tour Track jobs this year, we encourage you to join us. You can register for this webinar through your Fusion dashboard. We look forward to seeing you there.  If you would like to order professional photography or a virtual tour please contact us for pricing and additional information. Our network of photographers spans across the US and Canada allowing us to deliver the high-quality imagery you need quickly and efficiently. If you are a photographer who is interested in offering virtual tours as a part of your business, we encourage you to start a free no-obligation trial account today. The post Google Street View | Trusted and RTV Tour Track Update Webinar To Be Held July 19th, 2016 appeared first on RTV Inc.
Fri, Jul 08, 2016
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How are you marketing your new aerial drone service? Have you ever thought of giving your customers printable inserts for their listing presentations? We have taken our ‘Section 333 FAA Approved’ piece and reworked the text on it so you can GIVE it to your customers to add to their listing presentations. Simply swap out your info and you’re ready to go. You can print and hand out to your best virtual tour customers or better yet you can give them a link and let them do the printing on their side. Upload to your website and share the link that way, or simply use a third party service such as HighTail or DropBox to distribute the large printable flyer to your clients for printing. Watch your aerial drone sales soar as your customers start adding your unique service into their listing presentations to gain an edge over the other agents not offering your drone service. Login to your www.RockPointeMarketing.com account now and download this marketing piece.  Sincerely, Team RTV Virtual Tour Software & Powerful Property Marketing Tools Order a virtual tour today – 866-947-8687 The post Aerial Drone Agent Listing Presentation appeared first on RTV Inc.
Wed, Jun 01, 2016
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