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RTV Launches New Video Ripper – Drone Pilots and Video Guys Sure to Like

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


Fusion Virtual Tour Software Updates

Virtual Tour Software For PhotographersHello and good afternoon team!  We have been busy continuing with our battery of updates to the Fusion virtual tour hosting platform.  Now with three full-time & in-house developers working in tandem with Tom and his team, we see lots of updates coming to fruition.  In addition to launching the beta version of a brand new HTML 5 player last year, we now offer up secure HTTPS virtual tours, no longer require flash to upload media, vastly improved upon the Tour Shredder, launched our 3D VR Headset tours, added a long-awaited for media gallery http://fusion.realtourvision.com/tour.php?tourid=327951&html5=1#tourgallery and so much more!

The final piece required to finish off Fusion Slim in HTML 5 will be the implementation of floor plans.  You will love how we are attacking floor plans this time around too!  It will be a significant enhancement over the current deployment and handling of floor plans in the flash virtual tour player. After floor plans are launched and assuming everything goes well under our testing, we will be officially taking our HTML 5 player out of beta.

While the above is underway, we will soon announce the beta versions of our new HTML 5 Fusion Experience player and our all-new HTML 5 Fusion Site player. Fusion Site is a gorgeous single property website layout that we are sure our user base will simply love. There are so many exciting things on the horizon for RTV, and the momentum that we currently have is tremendous. 

Here are just a few changes that just went live to our HTML 5 virtual tour player.  We trust that you will continue to rally around the progress and we thank you all for your continued support.

UPDATES INCLUDE –

1: Fixed and improved the HTML 5 playback concerning “zoom factor” settings set in the manager for all panoramic image types.

2: Added new feature to HTML 5 player – All tours now have a pulse animation play icon when the tour is interrupted via mouse or finger tap. When the tour is interrupted, the tour player will start back up after 5 secs where you left off if you are not interacting with the tour.

3: Added a new feature to HTML 5 player – Spherical and cylinders now have a return to center call after the tour has been interrupted via finger panning or mouse click. After five secs of no interaction, the tour returns to vertical center and returns the animation where it left off.

4: Agent & CO agent info box improved on HTML 5 player. HTML 5 player no longer cuts off Co-Agent info at certain screen sizes and or devices.

5: RTV Radio Fix – Music will cease to play if the user has the manager flip switch “play on MLS” set to off. RTV radio now works correctly when music option is turned on or off on tour.

7: Desktop HTML 5 Player UPDATE: “Video Icon” blink on HTML 5 desktop tours before video autoplay has been fixed.

8: HTML 5 Player Video Fix: FIT To Scale – THe HTML 5 player now supports the fit to scale options in the manager for video. Both options now work across ALL devices.

9: HTML 5 Player Fix – Impacts Apple Devices Only – Apple does not support full screen on any of their mobile devices. We have therefore removed the full-screen button when viewing from an apple device.

10: HTML 5 Player Fix – Reported play and pause tour errors have been fixed on mobile devices.

11: HTML 5 Player Fix – We have significantly improved the ken burns animations on all mobile devices.

12: HTML 5 Player Fix – Users will now see the currently selected scene when using the scene selector.      

13: Fusion Experience Player Update (Flash) – New default RTV logo using “Real Tour Vision” has been added to the loader screen during tour playback. As always users can upload their loader logo to overwrite default RTV loader logo.

See some of the above updates in action by test driving the new HTML 5 player below –

http://fusion.realtourvision.com/tour.php?tourid=699960&html5=1  — Video, Stills, Music, Narration

http://fusion.realtourvision.com/tour.php?tourid=487259&html5=1 — Stills, Music

http://fusion.realtourvision.com/tour.php?tourid=327951&html5=1 — Video, Panoramas, Stills, Music, Narration


New From RPM Marketing – Virtual Tour E-Mail Hot Sheet

Virtual Tour HotsheetThe all new real estate Hot Sheet is finally here! For those of you that have been getting the most out of your Real Tour Vision system by using our RSS feeds, you probably already know that you can easily auto tweet, pin, facebook, blog, post, and email out your tours automatically as you create them. Automation is achieved by using our RSS feeds to your tours in conjunction with services like https://ifttt.com/ (for posting and blogging) and www.Aweber.com (for email blasts).

For a full one hour explanation on how this works, watch “The FORMULA 64 – Fusion Exposure Engine II” back in www.RockPointeMarketing.com The show will take you through each step in detail so you can create your very own Hot Sheet and Exposure Engine which can be easily monetized. In 2016 BlueLaVaMedia photographed nearly 800 homes. Of those, 80% ordered the Exposure Engine at $35.

What is a Hot Sheet?

A Hot Sheet is a list of your most recent real estate virtual tour productions that gets sent out to your customer base on a regular basis as you complete new tours. You simply continue to create new virtual tours and when X number of virtual tours have been created your Hot Sheet will be automatically compiled and an email will be sent to everyone on your Hot Sheet email list. 

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 Constant Contact, MailChimp, Aweber or any other online email marketing service. MailChimp calls it RSS-to-Email and Aweber calls it a Blog Broadcast. Here are training videos on how to setup the Hot Sheet on each service – MailChimp – https://youtu.be/B7D8KkHFdlA Aweber – https://youtu.be/Wz9B5jLwcLE As you create new virtual tour productions they will get compiled into a nice legible format and laid out into an email template. Once you have created a specific number of tours (actual value is set by you), the final email will be sent out automatically to your email list. Take a look at some recent hot sheets that were pushed out by our Traverse City Real Estate Photography team – BlueLaVaMedia – http://archive.aweber.com/360traverseblog

Why the Hot Sheet?

Staying in touch with your customers on a regular basis is VITAL in any business. Being that you’re photographing newly listed homes hitting the market and sending this highly relevant content to local real estate agents makes the Hot Sheet a MUST HAVE for your photography and virtual tour business. The Hot Sheet is a PERFECT marketing tool just begging to be put in front of as many local real estate agents as possible.

As people click on and watch the virtual tours from your Hot Sheet email, the weekly virtual tour traffic reports will show this referral traffic by putting “Hot Sheet” right 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!

Here’s a short video for you to watch for further information and we hope to see many of you setting up your Hot Sheets today!

 

Sincerely,

Team RTV


Virtual Tour Technology Update & Image Quality Improvements

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 RTV
Virtual Tour Software & Property Marketing Tools
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