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BlueLaVaMedia Goes High Definition

Could it really be High Definition Interactive Virtual Tours?  Yes, times have changed drastically over the last two years and team BlueLaVaMedia is working hard to keep our virtual tour technology at the forefront of virtual tour technology.

Today we are proud to announce that we have upgraded our virtual tour viewer to support Full Screen High Definition images. Take a look at the virtual tours below and you will quickly see how our new HD full screen virtual tours transform the typical interactive virtual tour to something quite spectacular.  Trust us that our new HD experience literally makes your audience feel like they are standing right in the room! With just a click of a button BlueLaVaMedia now delivers you a brand new amazing interactive virtual tour experience.

Sample our new HD Virtual Tours:

Don’t worry about load time.  In fact, our virtual tours load faster than any of the other video or interactive virtual tour platforms out there!  This is because we compress our images down to an amazingly small size before publishing them to our servers while maintaining strict standards in quality.  No waiting for a huge video file to load only to get a tiny window.  No more staring at a loading bar for two minutes only to end up viewing a simple full screen slide show. Now you can tell your customers that you’re giving online shoppers a truly interactive HD virtual tour experience.  Finally, our HD full screen virtual tours can also be easily converted into streaming video for YouTube deployment! It’s truly amazing!

We want you to experience this new feature on your listings, so from now through April, your first virtual tour you purchase from us will get a free HD full screen upgrade. Starting May 1st 2010 an upgrade to our HD viewer will cost $20.00 on our Real Estate Virtual Tours.

Show your customers that your are on the cutting edge of technology with one of our “NEW HD” virtual tours today.


Team BlueLaVaMedia
The ‘BIGGEST’ Traverse City Virtual Tour Company

Order a Virtual Tour : 231-946-1360

HD Virtual Tour Tech Tip

This month’s Virtual Tour Software tech tip concerns HD Virtual Tour images for full screen virtual tours. We are continuing to fine tune the viewer and are implementing some suggestions from providers to improve performance. In the meantime a lot of you are working on adding HD into your current work flow.

I’d like to address a few common misconceptions:

You do NOT need to pay RTV extra to do HD virtual tours! You may choose to charge your clients extra but there is no charge to you from RTV.

You do NOT have to change your camera settings! Continue shooting at the same resolution as before.

You do NOT need to resize your photos before stitching! Well, at least not unless you always have. The directions for resizing final pans have confused some people. 

You do NOT have to resize each image’s height before stitching, continue stitching like you always have.

You do NOT get to skip the Adjust Image/compression step within the Tour Builder software! Create and upload the tour as you always have, or if you are a new provider, as described in the Training videos.  The only thing that has changed is that you need to save a high resolution version of the panorama right after stitching. Before you name the panorama and save it, click Export to High Res and save the image into a folder. Once the high resolution image is saved you can name the scene and save it. Then you add hotspots, compress, etc just like always.

You do NOT need to specify a width for panoramas or stills when you are resizing them! Some people were confused that in the webinar and help docs we only mention resizing the height of the photos and not the width. It is very important that you keep the aspect ratio of the photos the same so they don’t get stretched or scrunched. That is usually a setting in image resizer programs. If you specify a height for an image, the program should pick the width for you – let it do that. That way you don’t ruin your images. Also, make sure you save the photos with a new name and keep your originals. That way if you make a mistake you can start over.

For Best Results:
You will find that the best results will vary from one panorama to another. Remember the webinar, you want your full screen tour to load very quickly and scroll smoothly so we recommend that you try playing with image height setting of around 500-700 pixels tall.  You can go higher than that but load times, compression and smoothness will all be impacted slightly.  You might also put your scroll speed to a setting of 15 from within the Button editor.  This will make your panoramas scroll smoother than they will at a faster setting.  Overall your kb size of your panoramas will be anywhere from 300-800 kb. The smaller the better but you trade off quality the more you compress your images.  However the smaller your images are compressed the faster they will load.
Full Screen Stills
The last thing I want to cover is still images in general. Most people are probably familiar with the term aspect ratio. If you’ve ever watched a DVD and had to choose between wide screen and full screen you probably know what I am talking about. When you shoot a still image with your camera it is in 4:3. The full screen viewer is 16:9. This means an uncropped image, right out of the camera, will not completely fill up the viewer window. There will be some extra blank space on either side. This is done so all the image can be seen without being stretched or cropped. If you recall from using the Add button and adding still images to the tours we have a “Zoom to Fit” button and a “Scaling Factor” slider bar to help you crop an image to completely fill the viewer window. We don’t have tools like that for the HD upload. If you want an image to completely fill the screen you are going to need to crop it yourself using a program like Paint Shop Pro or PhotoShop. There are free tools out there you can use as well to crop. For an image that is 1280 by 960 you would need to crop it to about 1280 by 720 to get the right ratio to fill up the viewer. Notice you are just cropping out the height, not the width. Cropping is different than resizing; when you crop an image you are actually cutting something out and losing it. Normally, you can easily crop out some ceiling, carpet, sky or grass, and make your still image fit nicely. This process is easier if you are starting out with 1280 by 960 images. The easiest way to figure out what size you need is to do the following:

Take your photo size, example: 1600 by 1200
Divide the 1600 by 1.777 = 900 pixels. Crop your image so your resulting image is 1600 by 900. Remember, this means you will lose some off the top or bottom of your image or a little off both. You will have to look at each image and decide which area can be cut out without changing the relevancy of the photo.

I can hear someone yell right now, “But I don’t know HOW to crop!!!” Search on Google and find a free crop tool that is easy for you to work with or buy a program like Paint Shop Pro and read the Help file. Even if you use my numbers above to figure out the final resulting image size you are still going to have to look at each image and eyeball what will look best and do the crop manually. I am sure there are tools you can use to batch crop but I think for most people that will not be the way to go. Obviously, if you have a lot of experience with photos, frame the photos with the crop in mind, and have a tool you like and are familiar with, it would be easier to do a batch crop.  Yes, there are a few things to be learned for using HD virtual tours but the final product will be stunning!

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Kenosha Virtual Tours Unveils Full Screen Tours

360 Image Media is ecstatic to announce our new Full Screen HD Virtual Tours powered by Real Tour Vision. You can now view our unbelievable high quality full screen examples here, Wisconsin Virtual Tour. We are now also offering a unbelievable new product called virtual staging. Check out the samples at 360 Image Media.

These awesome new offerings from 360 Image Media, continues to keep us at the top of our game. It is also why we are producing the best Wisconsin Virtual Tours out there today.

Robin Duran
360 Image Media
Kenosha Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour – (262) 613-1099

HD Virtual Tours

Could it really be HD Virtual Tours?  Yes, it is finally here and well worth the wait!  HD full screen virtual tours are transforming the typical virtual tour to something spectacular and offer our virtual tour providers the ability for yet another up-sell on technology.

Take a look at a few of our most recent HD Virtual Tours:

Most RTV virtual tour providers are able to upgrade any of their existing virtual tours to an HD version in about ten to fifteen minutes of extra time.  If you have not already watched The FORMULA ‘Big Screen’ episode, please make sure to login to your TMS as soon as possible so you can learn how to take advantage of this exciting new technology from RTV.

Would like to add the HD badge to your website?  Get your RTV HD badge now from our images download center found here:

See how this looks in action: Traverse City Virtual Tours

Finally we’re looking for the most impressive and amazing new virtual tours to add to the new HD virtual tour gallery on:

If you do an HD virtual tour and would like to showcase it on the RTV site please submit your HD virtual tour link to info(at) and we will review your HD virtual tour.  A very big thanks to all you RTV virtual tour providers out there who give us continued support.  It is all of you combined that make our company the leader in virtual tour technology.   Enjoy!

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