Blog Tag: 360 real estate tour

Thanks Goodness for RTV!

Dear RTV,

I was getting ready to do a fairly big job for my first real estate virtual tour sale. This broker had ten homes at one location and called me in to do my virtual tour sales pitch. I went in with confidence thinking that this would be a very easy sell with the new Fusion virtual tour software product we provide.

Soon into the meeting I sat down with the guy.  I was nervous a bit being that this was my first sales presentation. I told him that he was going to like what he was about to see.  At that point I brought up a demo of my 360 Interactive Virtual Tours. He began to watch and things were silent for a moment or two. The virtual tour presentation did not even play half-way through when he said, “you can turn it off”.  Oh oh!! Did I do something wrong I thought.  Suddenly to my relief and excitement a twinkle began in his eyes and a smile started to form on his face and he said, “I want it!”

What an easy sell. Boy, I sure made the right choice in joining the RTV family! Thanks for such an amazing virtual tour production and line of amazing property marketing tools to use. He will be using QR codes as well as YouTube to start.  I’m sure that I will go back later with more!

I love having something so powerful to offer to businesses and realtors! I can offer it at such a reasonable cost compared to print media advertising! Thanks again for RTV and all the great people that come along with it!!!!


Cyndi Hamby

Aspire Media Solutions LLC
St Louis Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour: 636-887-5115

Best Business Decision of 2012!

Normally I write tons of things in these review boxes but I genuinely can’t think of anything to write other than 10/10. Choosing RTV, Inc to drive the virtual tour software for my Florida Real Estate company was by FAR the best investment we have made as a company this year. Thank you so much team RTV….we’re ecstatic…..

Your Fusion virtual tour system is complete, easy to use, packed with TONS OF FEATURES and we did not have to send hours learning how to use it.  Keep the great features rolling and we love your webinars.  RTV is GREAT!

Alistair W Powell
Phone: 352.450.4505

By Jove it’s the Camera

Here is some information for all you Canon SLR users out there. I have been shooting interactive virtual tours here at BlueLaVaMedia for a little over a year now using a Canon 20D camera with a 17-85mm 4.5-5.6 EFS IS Canon lens. I also use a Canon 550 flash on a bracket attached to the RTV Rotator and use the flash for all my images.

This allows me to easily balance the exposure in the rooms with the ambient light through the window, as many of the homes here in Northern Michigan have great views. We are now approaching our one year anniversary here at BlueLaVaMedia and I have created well over 200 Traverse City virtual tours. We are continually expanding our client base and so far everyone that we work with has been extremely satisfied with the quality of our virtual tours. Exposure is good, white balance is not a problem, the tours are very sharp and RTV continually adds more and more features to the system giving Jason and I something new to talk about nearly every month. Overall in my humble opinion the 360 tours look just great!

As we all know in our industry virtual tour quality is extremely important. Many online shoppers will form their first impression of a property, the seller, business owner or a listing agent from the tour. At least that is what my friends all tell me when I tell them what I do now.

Anyway, all was well and good in my world except…when I photographed a property that had very white or light colored walls. In this type of home I would definitely have a problem with a dark vertical banding where the images were stitched together. It was time to do some trouble shooting. It was not an exposure inconsistency issue as my overall exposures were dead on. I then decided that since I was using flash that it must be related to that. I tried two different types of flash diffusers as well as bounced the flash off the ceiling where applicable. My flash also has a built in wide angle panel that spreads the light wider then my lens. Nothing was working and I was getting frustrated as I still had light fall off at the image corners.

I then tried some spins without flash and still experienced the problem. I tried closing the lens down more, to the “sweet spot” and still light fall off! Ok so what next??? I tried a newer 580 flash (I have a good relationship with my local provider so I was lucky enough to borrow it.) I also have a Canon 30D and I tried that, still the problem persisted. At this point I figured it had to be the lens, so I tried an inexpensive Sigma 18-55 lens. (Borrowed that too) and it seemed to help the problem. It was however still noticeable. What’s a photographer to do????

Well not to long ago I was reading my favorite monthly publication Outdoor Photography and looked over the initial test report on the new Canon 50D. What to my wandering eyes should appear than the addition of a lens peripheral illumination setting to correct light fall off at image edges. All of that testing for not. It was a problem that Cannon has had all along and they have now presumably fixed it.

I haven’t had a chance to borrow one of those yet though. (Don’t know if my Canon provider likes me that much) I still love my Canon system and have quite a few other lenses so I am not about to change. I still use the Sigma because the problem seems a little less pronounced with that lens (I have no idea why) and I have become pretty darn proficient and fast at using Photoshop’s dodging tool to blend the issue when necessary.

In the meantime I am saving my pennies for that 50D or maybe even the (by then) 60D camera. Well in closing I hope some of you Canon users will find all this helpful and save some time by realizing it’s just the nature of the beast or should I say, the Canon sensor!

Good luck out there!

Jim Blue
Michigan Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour today! 877-941-TOUR (8687)

The Formula Episode 3 Has Great success!

We are very happy to announce that the live RTV talk called “The Formula”starring Jason LaVanture and Cheryl Waller has achieved quite a large following. Nearly 200 RTV virtual tour providers tuned in on Jan 21st at 7:00 Eastern for the airing of The Formula, episode 3. Team RTV talked about the value of social networking and how you can put the networks to use for you, your real estate business, and virtual tour business.

Moreover, RTV staff also reported that the talk show, which normally airs for one hour, went a whopping 1.5 hours and most listeners chose to stand in on the entire call as opposed to leave early for the season premiere of the American Idol show.

For those of you that missed out and would like to listen in on the next show where all audience will be able to do live Q & A with Jason and Cheryl please contact us today. To register for the next show be sure to visit your TMS now! If you would like to be a guest on the formula please contact

“You guys are great!”
Thanks–Ryan Gorman

“I really enjoy the webinars and am getting a lot from them.”
Mark Bonham
United Country – Bonham Auction & Realty
Indianapolis, IN

“Thank you for hosting the webinars and giving us this valuable information.
It is truly appreciated.”
Shane & Tina Hatter
Buckeye Virtual Images

“Great webinar!!!”
Rob Lenthe
Remote Global Viewing

“Another great webinar! I learned so much that my head is spinning (A Full 360). There is just not enough time to cover everything in enough detail to fully understand it, so I’ve decided to join the Inner Circle and learn from the gurus how to supercharge my business. Thank you so much for your guidance.”
Dale Beard
Home Shopper Tours

Next shows:

Formula LIVE Q&A
Feb 4, 2009 7pm EST
Social Networking Q&A
Register Now Within Your TMS!

Formula Episode 4
Feb 18, 2009 7pm EST
Exposure Engine and e-flyers
Register Now Within Your TMS!

Good luck out there!!

RTV, Inc
A Global Virtual Tour Company
Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687

The Formula Webinar Reminder


Read all of this and follow all of the instructions to be included in massive social networking campaign

In preparation for next week’s social networking webinar, I will be sending you invitations to join some of the following networks:

If you do not receive an invitation, please take some time before the webinar and join these social network sites anyway. Do a search for cherylwaller (all one wood) in each of the networks and connect to me in each.

This is going to be a VERY powerful webinar. This is not a ‘marketing ploy’ … if you seriously want to get your website to the top of search engine results AND get your business name in front of your potential customers, then YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS WEBINAR.

Many of you are familiar with social networking and many of you have no idea where to begin. Either way, I 100% promise you that the information that Jason and I are going to cover during the webinar will blow your mind. I am not overstating that comment in the least bit.

At the end of the webinar we will also be revealing how you can get your website bookmarked in several of these sites 100+ or 200+ times in about an hour or two, and it is NOT using some paid-for book marking service and it is not spam. This will be at no cost to you other than your time and the ONLY place you are going to find out about it is during this webinar.

Grab a fresh new notebook and a few pens, because you are not going to want to miss what we cover next Wednesday at 7pm EST. We are going to go FAST and there is ALOT of information to go over in a very short period of time.

Log into TMS right now and register for the webinar while it is fresh in your mind.

Cheryl Waller
RTV Virtual Tours
National Marketing Manager
RTV, Inc.