Blog Tag: 3D Animation

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
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3D Renderings Merged With Virtual Tours

Merging RTV Technologies

Merging 3D renderings with virtual tours to create an interactive online map. The client that was working on this project has finished the website and provided us with the links so that we could take a look at the finished maps. This interactive map project turned out great and we wanted to share it with you. The maps will really help new customers get acquainted with the facility making it easier for them to find their way around. Potential customers also get a firsthand look at what this facility has to offer. As an RTV provider you can take this same concept one step further with these RTV advantages.

Here are the links to the two different maps:

Preston Road, Dallas

Craig Ranch, McKinney

The RTV Advantage

The first advantage you have as an RTV provider is the start scene control for the RTV tour window. This feature allows you to create only one tour with several start scenes rather than multiple individual views like the sample. You create and upload just the one tour with all the images for all the lots. Then using the start scene control you create separate links for each hotspot to open the tour with the image of that lot as the start scene.
(See the Tech Tip below from Tour Talk Issue 40)

Tour Talk Issue 40 – Tech Tip

This month’s tech tip is about controlling the starting scene of your tour through the tour link. Normally a tour will start with the same scene each time. Some providers have expressed a need to temporarily control the starting scene so we programmed in a way to do that. A parameter can now be passed in the tour link that forces a tour to begin on a certain scene.

This is a normal tour link:

The virtual tour provider chose to begin the tour on a still shot of the north side of the home. The realtor may have a need to showcase the stunning pool area and could use the modified link below.

Or use this link to show off the spectacular Master Bedroom.

You’ll notice in each example that a question mark follows the tour id, then the parameter startspin=, then the scene name. Always type in the scene name exactly as it appears in the drop down box of the tour but replaces spaces with the + sign.

The second RTV advantage that you have is working directly with your business partner, Team RTV, who is standing by to help you succeed.

Contact RTV’s 3D department to see how we can help you with your custom 3D project today!

Real Tour Vision
International Virtual Tour Company
RTV 3D 866-947-8687 Ext. 499

3D Animation – Creating a Wave of Sales

One of our virtual tour providers put us in contact with a marketing company that was tasked with marketing a new housing development on the Gulf of Mexico.

This housing development featured inland water canals that allowed the owners of these high end homes to drive their boats from the docks behind their house right out onto the Gulf to enjoy a day of fishing and water fun.

The marketing company had seen a website for another housing development, similar to theirs, that had a 3D animated video featuring the development. They felt it was important to have a video for their development’s website that would also create excitement and generate sales of the lots before construction is completed.

After discussing their project and how we could help them, the marketing company chose RTV to produce the animation. Click below to view their beautiful website and the excellent 3D animation that was produced by RTV3D.

Team RTV
National Virtual Tour Company
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RTV 3D Takes Its Talent to Las Vegas

The Grande Image, an outdoor advertising company, was looking for a way to excite potential advertisers about their new prime advertising location in Las Vegas, NV.

This unique advertising space offers a giant billboard on the side of a hotel in a very key location of Vegas. Since the hotel is currently under construction The Grande Image (TGI) needed a way to show the key vantages points that make this billboard a prime advertising opportunity and begin pre-selling the ad space.

After discussing the project and submitting a proposal, TGI made the decision to purchase a RTV 3D custom animation and 3D renderings. After much planning and many hours of labor we are very excited and proud to unveil the completed 3D animation for TGI.

Visit our 3D animation and 3D renderings on our website. Click the link below and check out sample number 6 to see our new Las Vegas animation.

National Virtual Tour Company
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3D Renderings that Impress

A church in California just finalized the planning for the new addition to their current facility. After many meetings, and many hours of planning the floor plans were completed. The carpet, tile, paint, lighting and appliances had all been picked out but they had a problem. They needed a way to show the congregation what the final construction was going to look like.

They really wanted to get everyone excited about new addition to their facility. After searching the internet for creators of 3D Renderings they contacted Real Tour Vision’s new 3D department. After hearing about their project and budget we decided that 3d renderings would be the best fit their needs. They signed the proposal, supplied us with floor plans, elevations, and the names of the paint and carpets they were going to use. Within a short amount of time RTV completed the high quality 3D renderings.

When they received the final product they were ecstatic. They were impressed with how real the renderings looked and were very excited to be able to present them to their congregation.

“Now everyone will be able to see what the inside will look like and catch the vision for this project”, they said.

Real Tour Vision 3D – Visualize…Excite…Impress

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