Blog Tag: one-shot lens

RTV Setup on Lens Questions

Dear Setup,

I have that super wide angle lens (12-24 MM) being delivered Friday.
If I want to use it for 360’s of smaller areas do I need to have it calibrated to my camera as I had to do when I became a provider? Or do you not recommend it for 360’s? Could it be too wide?

Dear Tour Builder,

That is a good question. I use that same lens on my Canon Rebel XSi for 360° panoramas because it allows me to see more of the ceiling and floor in a standard room and it allows me to shoot a full panorama in a smaller room and still see some of the ceiling and the floor. The lens should work just fine on your camera as well for the 360° pans since your camera is very similar to mine. Of course the final result is always subject to your opinion. Remember to adjust your camera to the proper placement on the rotator for you new lens and make sure to select the correct camera and lens combination in the software for stitching the pictures from your new lens. To select the proper lens for stitching you will need to click on the setup button in the Tour Builder software and click on ‘Get current lensfiles from the web’ to update your camera list. After the update has finished click on the setup button again and click ‘Set default camera’. The camera list will open and you will click your camera to select it and then click the done button below. This will set your camera as the default camera for stitching.


PS. Don’t forget about our next FREE webinar all on how to use photoshop entitled It’s Magic

RTV Setup
Ben Knorr
RTV Lens Engineer
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Virtual Tour Samples

As a virtual tour provider in Erie, Colorado I am part of the network of providers with Real Tour Vision. Real Tour Vision has provided us with 360 panorama software that is truly amazing! Rather than a one-shot system we take a series of 12 shots every 30 degrees to get the 360 degree panoramic image. Being able to adjust the lighting for EACH shot allows us the providers to produce the highest quality images from the start.

At Insight 360° Tours, I then take each shot into a post editing software to straighten walls, enhance lighting and contrast etc. What happens next in the tour building process is the most amazing part of our virtual tours… the Interactive HotSpots.

Interactive HotSpots are clickable buttons within the virtual tour window. When clicked, the viewer moves through the home from room to room as though they were really inside. It’s a truly interactive experience!

Click here to see a sample Virtual Tour shot in Highlands Ranch, Colorado that includes HotSpots.

Hotspots can be left out for those who would prefer they not be added. This is where the next best feature of our virtual tours would take front seat AutoPlay. With AutoPlay the viewer opens the tour, sits back and watches as the tour automatically moves from scene to scene. The order the virtual tour is played is set during the building process.

At Insight 360° Tours, I allow my clients to select the scene order should they choose to do so.
Click here to see a sample of Virtual Tour shot in Boulder, Colorado without HotSpots.

Vikki Granger
Insight 360°
Erie Colorado Virtual Tour Company
Order a virtual tour – 303-828-0557

Happy Anniversay Mike and Candice Stolte!

Happy Nine Year Anniversary to Mike Stolte and his wonderful wife Candice. Mike and Candice have been a part of team RTV now for nearly two years offering virtual tours of Houston, TX.

Congrats Mike and Candice!!
Digital Tours and More
Houston Virtual Tour Company

Quality Virtual Tours Do Sell Homes

For all my fellow REALTORS(r) – and specifically listing agents:

Interesting thing happened to me on my way to show some homes. As I perused our local MLS searching for listings to show my buyers, I came to the realization that 360 virtual tours actually do sell homes. Perhaps, I should qualify that – QUALITY virtual tours actually do sell homes (funky virtual tours and slide shows do a listing an injustice.

O.K, granted, I didn’t have quite the epiphany I describe above, since I must admit I have come to this realization before. Moreover, I understand, too, that once you know that I’m a real estate agent as well as a virtual tour provider you may think my positive view towards virtual tours a rather biased one. I’d need to stop you right there, though. Providing a virtual tour for each one of your listings is a no-brainer. When you look at the sheer numbers, and I swear it seems to go up a percentage point each month, there’s no disputing the fact that more buyers start their home search on-line than not. The actual figure was way past 70% at last glance. That’s a phenomenal amount of prospective buyers out there in cyberspace searching in earnest for their next home. I know this to be true since I work with buyers on a daily basis; they are extremely tech-savvy and ever searching.

So, here’s the deal – with my market experiencing a buyer’s market, there is entirely too much inventory to focus my searches on listings with no pictures, let alone no 360 virtual tour. And interesting thing is, my buyers feel the same way. The fact is that houses with the most pictures will generate the most interest and will get the most showings while those listings that have no pictures will get placed at the very bottom of the “to see” list at warp speed.

Case in point – on a recent weekend, I showed 31 houses to a buyer who was only in town (from Japan, I kid you not) for an extended weekend. There was absolutely no interest on his part in seeing anything without pictures (and believe it or not, there were many). Imagine if your picture-less listing was on our list and, therefore, at the bottom of the 54 that met his search parameters. What’s the likelihood of him seeing your listing? You don’t think he would’ve found his dream home among the previous 53? (His better half was searching homes from Japan on the internet and directed us to physically see the home they actually closed on last month. BTW, I just happened to do the virtual tour on it! I didn’t tell them until settlement, though.)

All that to say, the buyers market that we are experiencing right now will absolutely separate the wheat from the chaff. It’s time for you to be the best listing agent you can be, pull out your bag of tricks, rev up your marketing, call your virtual tour provider, and get your listings sold. Spend the marketing dollars necessary to get your listings in front of all those web-browsing buyers, then experience the return on your investment many-fold.

Lanette Branch
Lanette Branch Virtual Tours

Baker B’s 1000th Virtual Tour Camera Blowout

I absolutely love my Olympus C-7070 for taking virtual tours. It is light weight and compact for the results it produces. And it is a powerhouse camera producing crisp images with a long lasting battery life. But what happens when you stress out a compact zoom to its limit? BOOM – the flash blows! It scared the crap out of me with an explosion merely inches from my eye ball! Yup, finally happened to me this past week. But realistically its not like I didn’t see it coming – after all, on that camera I have probably shot over 1,000 virtual tours with shots blasting out one after the other non-stop, and most using the flash.

So if you add in that each tour captures at least 100 photos with 1000 tours, that’s roughly 100,000 photos taken with that flash. Now I’m no light bulb scientist, but if you stress out any bulb that hard and nearly every day, its bound to blow. And it did. Luckily I had taken all 5 tours for the day and only had 1 panoramic and 2 stills left to take. I simply set up the camera on the tripod and used existing light. But what would have been better is to have an external flash! So now my hand is forced to have one. But realistically I am glad. The external flash gives much more control of the lighting with angles and also has a separate power supply. Sure the camera will not be as nimble, but at least I had my camera up and operational the next day. Although I do have other cameras as backups.

The moral of the story is use the flash on your camera as a backup, not the primary flash. Then if your external flash runs out of juice or breaks during a shoot, you at least have the built-in flash as a backup.

Alex Saenger
BakerB Solutions
Interactive Virtual Tours
& Marketing Specialists