Blog Tag: photo stitching software

RTV Announces RoboTour

You asked for it, and we delivered! With the all-new RTV RoboTour, you won’t have to spend hours stitching photographs after a long day of shooting — instead, relax and enjoy summer evenings with the family. RoboTour is a full-service photo stitching solution built right into your Fusion virtual tour software system! For just $10, we’ll download and stitch up to 10 of your panoramic images for you. Additional photos are just $1 each!

Most of our virtual tour providers spend countless hours processing images. With RoboTour, you can begin the virtual tour upload process and skip the stitching altogether. You’ll create your virtual tour in the Fusion system as usual, but when you get to the step where you would normally upload images, you’ll click on the “RoboTour” feature under the Additional Features section. After answering a few questions about your virtual tour, you can then upload all of your images. All still images will be posted immediately as usual. The panoramas will be sent to an RTV Production Manager, who will download, assemble, edit, and publish the images directly to the corresponding virtual tour. You’ll be notified when the images have been assembled and posted, so you can finalize the virtual tour production. It’s that easy!

We’re planning on offering this service with a 24-hour turnaround time, but we anticipate delivering the finished panoramas much quicker. To prepare for RoboTour orders, RTV has staffed three full-time Production Managers in our home office.

RTV is the first national virtual tour company to offer this type of service to independent, private branded virtual tour photographers. Our new RoboTour solution will allow you to concentrate more on sales and marketing, without getting overloaded during the busy summer months.

Thank you for your continued support! Please watch for more innovative virtual tour software developments from RTV.


RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training

Panoramas, PTGui, my 8mm Sigma Fisheye Lens

I ordered the FusionMax XS as part of my virtual tour software package since I think that 360×360 degree virtual tours are a great tool to have when you need them.  Expensive chandeliers, crown moulding, skylights and vaulted ceilings should be showcased in an Interactive Virtual Tour. 

Getting set up with the Fusion Max XS was fairly simple. The training provided by RTV was solid and thorough. (A little too thorough Ben) I wanted to share a couple of things I learned along the way in hopes that you guys might avoid some of the tough lessons I learned!

Make sure all your nuts and bolts are really tight!  Halfway through a 360 tour when you realize that your XS has been shifting on the camera plate each rotation or one of the arms has shifted an inch and your Nodal Point is WAY off and suddenly your photo stitching software isn’t happy with you!

One of my 12 shots was blurry and PTGui is calling it an orphan??  I spent the better part of an hour setting points, editing the panoramic image in Photoshop.  Yuck!  Finally I tried deleting the blurry image all together! Wahoo, 11 photos and PTGui produced for me an ‘Almost’ perfect image. Again…you must make sure you’re on your nodal point and keep the settings that RTV gives you to avoid this from happening.

I love my Sigma 8MM!!!  With my Sigma 8MM I could probably use 6 images and still have a great pano! My T4i has a built in HDR setting.  While I bracket all of my stills and edit them separately, I couldn’t get over having to edit 12 HDR photos for one panoramic image.  Voila… Kinda.  It works great outside in the daylight, but inside it is pretty inconsistent.  So I’ll be using my HDR feature for Panos outside but bracketing inside from now on.

Did I miss the part in the training videos on how to remove the elongated distortion from panos?  I know it’s possible!  I keep watching RTV provider tours with flawless panos and NO DISTORTION!  I tried calling one of em’.. as per my last post.. but failed to reach them.  I was desperate to figure out how to fix my disgusting distorted panos!  Finally!!.. It’s so Simple.. In the ‘Pano editor’ while creating the tour, zoom in on the image… That’s it!  That was easy. Geesh, 20 Gray Hairs Later!

Mike Seiler
Tour Tank Productions
Owen Sound Virtual Tours
Order a Virtual Tour: 519-375-6585

The IMAGE 44 – PTGUI Features and Tripod Masking

The IMAGE photography talkshowThe photo stitching software that we recommend is PTGUI. It is both Mac & PC compatible and will stitch several different types of 360 panoramas including Cylindrical, Spherical, and Vertical pans.

When you are creating your virtual tour panoramas for your Fusion tours there are some things to keep in mind to make sure you have the best looking panoramas.

Join me, Ben Knorr, as I show you how to:

    Work with panoramas that have low detail

    Straighten your panoramas for the best results


    Mask your tripod out of the panorama

Join us TONIGHT – April 30, 2013 at 7pm Eastern for…IMAGE 44 – PTGUI Features and Tripod Masking.


See you there!

Ben Knorr
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Hotel Photography
Order a virtual tour: 866-947-8687

The IMAGE 41 – PTGUI & Shooting For Success!

The IMAGE photography talkshowThe PTGUI Pro photo stitching software works differently than the Panavue Image Assembler that many of us are used to.  PTGUI Pro is able to stitch many different kinds of 360 panoramas.  To accomplish this, the PTGUI photo stitching software has to align the panoramic images in a certain way to make all the different panorama types.  The fact is PTGUI is not like the Panavue software at all.  

Because the PTGUI Pro photo stitching software works differently than Panavue, we may find that, the way we used to shoot are panoramas for Panavue does not produce the same results in PTGUI.  

We can, however, change our process and our method of shooting to help us ensure that our resulting panorama will be beautiful.

Join me, Ben Knorr, as we talk about how and what you can do when shooting your panoramic images to ensure that the PTGUI photo stitching software we stitch them together correctly.

Join us January 29, 2013 at 7pm Eastern for…IMAGE 41 – Shooting for Success.   Sign up now for this show in your virtual tour manager:

See you there!

Ben Knorr

Virtual Tour Software & Professional Hotel Photography
Order a virtual tour: 866-947-8687

Spherical Image Stitching – The IMAGE Tuesday June 12

Sign up for the next episode of The IMAGE in your TMS today! That’s right, we’re having two episodes of The IMAGE this month and this will be our first IMAGE webinar of 2012, “Spherical Stitching”.

Please join Ben Knorr on June 12 at 7:00 PM Eastern as he walks you through RTV’s new photo stitching software.

With the coming launch of the New RealTour Fusion system we are now able to create full spherical virtual tours.  Spherical virtual tours allow you to look straight up, straight down and all around so that you can see everything. 

In order to create a spherical panorama you need the right hardware, lens, and of course software to stitch these types of panoramas.

Get a firsthand look at how to use our new advanced and professional photo stitching software, its powerful tools such as the masking feature, batch stitching feature, and so much more.

Our new stitcher is both MAC and PC compatible making it a great solution for everyone.

Make sure that you attend this webinar next week everyone. Sign up now in your TMS

See you there!

Ben Knorr
Order a virtual tour: 866-947-8687