How to Make a 360 Walkthrough Virtual Tour

Come to Our Show! The FORMULA 88 – Walkthrough Virtual Tours & More

Walkthrough style virtual tours using hot spots to connect one scene to another and navigate through a home like you were there in person are more popular than ever before. Hot spots are animated buttons overlayed onto panoramic images that, when clicked upon, lead to another scene. Here’s an interactive walkthrough virtual tour utilizing animated hot spot navigation –

The global events of 2020 have made it so these virtual walkthrough tours are not just a tool that helps agents win more listings and showcase homes 24/7; they’re a requirement. Many real estate brokerages and MLS boards have mandated that some form of video or panoramic walkthrough virtual tour be present when a home is listed for sale. Most importantly, home sellers are listing with agents who can provide fewer tire kickers and reduce unnecessary foot traffic. If you’re already a real estate photographer or an aerial drone pilot and you’re not offering 360 walkthrough virtual tours or Zillow 3D home tours, you’re letting a large opportunity pass you by. Perhaps you have everything you need but a little nudge and some training to get you moving. Here’s your chance! Register Now

We want to welcome you to attend The FORMULA 88 – Walkthrough Virtual Tours & More on Tuesday, September 1st at 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern. During the show, we’ll interview Jake Mulcahy from Real Tour Vision and discuss 2020 top picks for single-shot 360/3D cameras, floor plan creation software, image capture, best processing practices, and finally how to use the RTV virtual tour software to create a stunning 360 walkthrough virtual tour with hot spots and interactive floor plan. We hope you can attend this live event!

Topics we’ll cover include:

• 360 Camera VS DSLR
• Choosing a 360 Camera
• How Important is Zillow 3D?
• Processing Images for BEST Quality
• Creating & Processing Floor Plans
• Creating Floor Plan & Walkthrough Virtual Tours
• Adding Hot Spots using Fusion Virtual Tour Software
• What to Charge

Here’s a great mixed media production recently created by RTV Rockstar, Robert Harvey – We like this virtual tour and property site because it utilizes aerial drone video, beautiful HD still photos, 360 x 180 panoramic photos. Finally, this production offers hot spot navigation throughout the presentation allowing users to click from room to room.

Here’s a BlueLaVaMedia production that demonstrates the use of interactive floor plans

Register for our show HERE –  and learn how to accomplish all this and more! We hope to see you on September 1st, 2020 for this RTV exclusive live event.

See you there!


Jason & Team RTV

Promote Your Virtual Tours & Property Sites – Push a Hot Sheet!

If you’re looking for a quick way to promote your real estate photography and virtual tour business above and beyond the other local competitors, look to the Hot Sheet for a BOOST in your marketing. Our new 2020 Hot Sheet is bringing RTV virtual tour providers lots of new business and it will work for you too!  Increase drone bookings, show off your Zillow 3D’s, attract new prospects with your flashy property websites!  It’s all possible by sending your recent shoots out to your mailing list via a Hot Sheet!

virtual tour hot sheet

What is a Hot Sheet?
A Hot Sheet is a list of your most recent real estate virtual tours that get sent out to your customer base and prospects as you complete new virtual tours and property websites. You create new property websites and virtual tours like you already do now and when X number of productions have been created, your Hot Sheet will be automatically compiled and an email will be sent to everyone on your Hot Sheet email list. Take a look at some recent hot sheets that were pushed out by our Traverse City Real Estate Photography team – BlueLaVaMedia –


Why the Hot Sheet?
Staying in touch with your customers on a regular to semi-regular basis is VITAL in any business. Being that you’re creating content EVERY day with new virtual tours and single property websites, the Hot Sheet is a PERFECT marketing tool for you to put in front of as many local real estate agents as you can. As people click on and watch the virtual tours from your Hot Sheet email, virtual tour traffic reports will show this referral traffic by putting “Hot Sheet” onto the report. Your customers will know you’re working hard to get them the most exposure and the best part is that it will all be done for you automatically!

How does the Hot Sheet work?
Our Hot Sheet is a snippet of HTML code that we give you to paste into a service like Aweber, MailChimp, or other online email marketing service. MailChimp calls it RSS-to-Email and Aweber calls it a Blog Broadcast. You can log into your account today and get both code and instructions for your very own Hot Sheet set up. Our customer service team is here to help you get it going so don’t worry!

Our new 2020 Hot Sheet has a “HOT” new layout and utilizes the new Hot Sheet RSS code found in your Tour Manager. We’ve added agent photos to the Hot Sheet too. Enjoy!

As always we’re here to help you succeed!  

RTV, Inc

Virtual Tours, Property Websites, & National Photography Services

Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687

How to Add Property Lines and Call-Outs to Aerial Drone Footage

The FORMULA 87 – Call Outs, Property Lines & Droppers For Drone

Attention real estate photographers and drone pilots alike:  If you’re looking for a way to make your drone videos pop and stand out among the others in your area, you won’t want to miss this RTV exclusive webinar event. Join us for this live broadcast on August 11th at 8:00 PM Eastern and learn from one of BlueLaVa’s best.  We will be sitting in with Shawn Bradford from BlueLaVaMedia, LLC ( a northern Michigan drone service) as he goes through the process of adding in Call Outs, Enhanced Property Lines & Droppers to aerial drone video footage.  This is a MUST-DO for your aerial drone, real estate photography, and virtual tour business if you want to differentiate yourself and make your productions genuinely pop. During the show, Shawn will show you the programs, procedures, flight capture techniques, and video editing steps required to add these captivating features to your aerial drone footage. 

Sign up now via your virtual tour manager –  Click Webinars on the left to register for the event.

Shawn has a commercial helicopter license and has flown unmanned aerial vehicles as a contractor for the Naval Air division of our armed services. He has numerous hours of aerial photography in several areas ranging from real estate, commercial construction, boats, and vehicles. Shawn has also been actively involved in commercial video production and surveillance. 

Register for this show now and claim your seat.  We are limited to 500 guests, so be sure to register now and get ready to separate yourself from the pack. Learn how to do this and see why over 80% of the drone orders at BlueLaVaMedia include our property line package! 

See you there RTV!

Jason & Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software Updates March 2020 – July 2020

We’ve been busy over here at RTV tooling away on our Fusion virtual tour software platform. Please review the video below for a list of our most significant updates that we’ve made to the system over the last few months. Get ready because we also have a few other tricks & surprises up our sleeves coming this summer. We are dedicated to ensuring that professional photographers using our platform dominate their market!

Fusion Manager Updates:

July 2020

Lightning Fire Storage Update – We have updated the way our media files are both stored and accessed across the cloud.  The result has significantly improved the load time of our virtual tours and property sites.  Have a look for yourself – What were fast loading tours and property sites before, are now instantaneous. The resulting file structure is RTV’s Lightning Fire format, which we will be using moving forward as we continue to grow and build out the system.

June 2020

Syndication Control – When syndication is turned on in your tour options area, both your virtual tours and property websites syndicate out to your gallery pages, your RSS feeds, and your embeddable maps. By default, both the property sites and tours are available in these areas of Fusion. You are now able to syndicate ONLY your property websites, virtual tours, or both your property websites and virtual tours using the syndication settings area of your virtual tour manager. For example, if you would like your gallery pages to populate only with your property sites, you can turn off virtual tours, and your gallery pages will only display property websites. This is very helpful for those using the RSS feeds, the Hot Sheet code, and marketing the new gallery pages.  

New Reseller Forms – We have updated the RTV Reseller forms. They’re now fully responsive, and they don’t look like a reseller form! Example – These are perfect to use on social media sites, and you can also embed them into any website knowing they are 100% responsive and mobile-friendly. The reseller section can be found in the settings area. You can easily access your commissions and referred customers from this section too. Did you know that RTV pays out 20% on tour credit sales when you bring a photographer over to RTV? Ask about our lifetime commission reseller program.

May 2020

Audio Automation – With over 300 royalty-free tracks for you to choose from, putting a few music tracks on each of your tours was starting to take up far too much time.  Our system now allows you to favorite as many music tracks as you like, and it will automatically add some of your favorite tracks to your tours and property sites for you each time you create a project.

Music Track Sorter/Favorites – We’ve completely overhauled our music area.  RTV Radio and background music have merged into one section.  Best of all, we are letting you toss the tracks you hate to the bottom of your list, and with a single click, you can now “Star” or favorite clips and send them directly to the top of your list.  After you identify and “Star” your favorite music tracks, our system will even randomly and automatically place these on your projects for you!

Social Media & About Us Profile – We thought that our new gallery pages looked a bit naked, so we dressed them up by adding new fields in our database to support company biography for yourself and your customers as well as social media profiles.  Check it out You can add in this new information for your company and your customers by clicking on the ‘profile’ section under settings.

MyPage/Tour Gallery Redesign – With the new RTV property websites rocking the scene and gaining in popularity around the world, it was time to give our gallery pages a facelift. We’ve updated agent, broker, owner and customer gallery pages, and they look amazing.  We encourage all of you to update your user profile under settings to take advantage of the new about us and social media fields.

FusionSite Global Defaults – With so many options on our FusionSite property websites we made the turning on and off of features very easy for you to apply.  We made it as easy to use and efficient as the Tour Options global defaults. Any changes that you need to one customer’s property sites or all of your property websites are just a few clicks away.

April 2020

Tour Options Global Defaults – We know that SO many of you dreaded the tour options (formerly buttons) section. Any company-wide change to your virtual tours was a manual effort and took a considerable amount of time. This meant a LOT of time clicking and saving on customers and updating old tours.  Say goodbye to all of this with our new Global Defaults for your Tour Options.  Now, any change that you would like to make can be applied to thousands of virtual tours and property sites with just a few clicks.

New Settings Area – As we strive to make the Fusion system easier and faster to navigate, we have decided to move all of the “Settings” related sections into one area. Our new settings area makes looking for things much faster, and if you’re setting up a back-office admin or training your customers on how to use your client portal, this new design makes it much quicker to use and easier to learn.

Smart Deliverables – Not having to spend thirty seconds flipping switches before you send your images and delivery links to your customer is something that we’ve wanted to update for quite some time now.  We’re happy to report that our new Smart Deliverables allows for just that.  Each of your customers will automatically pick up your settings unless you explicitly change that user’s settings.  This even includes the image resize dimensions and type of resizing that you do. It should be called our Genius Deliverables section! For those of you that do three thousand productions a year, a 30-second savings of time is a total savings of twenty-five hours.  WOW, enjoy the vacation team!

Auto-Affiliate – Do you set your company logo (.png file) as an affiliate on every virtual tour or property website that you create?  If not, you should be! You’re losing your word-of-mouth (WOM) marketing if you’re not minimally doing this.  We’ve made it very easy to add your affiliate to your productions now with our new automatic Affiliate feature that you’ll find in your Affiliate section under Settings.  You’ll never forget to add your branding to your productions again!

March 2020

Animated Walkthrough Hot Spots – Several customers have been asking for updated Hot Spots.  Admittedly, it’s been quite some time since we added any new ones. As of March, we now have six new animated hot spots for you to choose from. Thanks, Jake! They have all been designed with walkthrough style virtual tours in mind.  They’re attractive, scalable, easy to see, and not overpowering on the images.  You can see a couple in action in the RTV Demo Tour here –  

Improved Hot Spot Editor – 360 Walkthrough style virtual tours are on the rise so making sure our customers can quickly upload imagery from virtual tour cameras like the Theta Z1 and others is on the top on our list.  Recent updates to our Hot Spot Editor make it much easier to add in Hot Spots and link rooms together. The new system even has an option to automatically insert a reverse hot spot for you as you build your tour, cutting your Hot Spot placement time in half!

Tour Player Updates:

July 2020

ADA Compliant Tour – If you’re not familiar with ADA, you should take a few minutes to educate yourself on the subject. You can do that here  Being in compliance with ADA is becoming more and more important and especially so in the hospitality, rental, and medical industries.  If you create virtual tours in any of these spaces, you’ll more than likely want to mention ADA compliance to your customer.  It could mean the difference between you getting the bid or not.  To enable ADA, click on tour options and switch ADA to on.  To our knowledge, no other virtual tour technology offers an ADA solution. Enjoy the leg up on the competition!

FusionSite Updates:

April 2020

FusionSite Lead Capture – RTV’s popular lead capture options for virtual tours are now also programmed into our FusionSite property website maker.  To turn on lead capture, click on “FusionSite” from your menu and turn it on.  It’s literally that easy!  When the form is filled out the lead goes directly to the property website agent or owner.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from RTV!

RTV, Inc

Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services





The FORMULA 86 – Elevate Your Brand and Get More Clients

Come one, come all to the Webinar! Please join us for an RTV exclusive webinar event on Tuesday, July 27th at 8:00 PM Eastern. During this show, photography business coach Darryl Stringer will be talking about ‘How to elevate your brand and get better clients’.

We’ll look at why brand positioning matters, how you control how clients and prospects perceive you, and what you’ll need to do to take your photography business to a higher level so you attract the kind of clients you want to be working with. We’ll also speak with Amanda Kohler from Charm City Virtual Tours, and Rob Estep from LMP360 Media.

Darryl ran his own highly successful real estate photography business in Australia for 17 years, and he now operates where he has played a significant role in the growth and development of photography businesses worldwide, providing one-to-one coaching and marketing.

Please join us for the live event and get ready to talk about how to Elevate Your Brand and Get Better Clients! This show will only hold up to 500 participants, so be sure to register early.

Register now in your RTV Virtual Tour Software Account!

See you there RTV!

Photographer Spotlight – Check this awesome production that Kathy Ward sent us the other day –  GREAT JOB KATHY!!!  This shoot demonstrates great use of aerial drone footage, video walkthrough, amazing still photos and of course our robust property websites! Keep up the good work Kathy.