Spring is officially here and with it comes blue skies, green grass and for our customers & followers, it also comes with a LOT of virtual tour software updates. We’ve been trying to find the time to get a change log, blog and software update video out but with so much going on it kept getting put on the back burner. Here we are now with a larger than usual software update email for you all. Let’s get started!
Those of you that would prefer to watch a video overview of this update feel free to watch the video below.
All others read on!
Adaptive 1080 Video Streaming: We’re beyond excited to officially announce the release of our 1080 Adaptive Video Streaming to our virtual tour software that just went live here in April. Customers that utilize our virtual tour hosting system for aerial drone photography and home walkthrough videos will LOVE this update the most! RTV’s adaptive streaming technology is like no other being used in our industry at this time. Not only is the video crisp and clear across all devices and tablets but it’s also very fast loading and streamed to you in 1080 quality. This is a huge improvement over our older 720 technology that did not load as fast, play as smoothly, and autoplay on devices.
Users will notice right away that the videos will autoplay on devices without the need to press a “Play” button. We have also introduced an innovative “Play Head” that allows users to interact, skip ahead, or go back to key locations in the video. Locations within the video are identified by using preview thumbnails very similar to that of “Netflix” and other advanced streaming services. Those of you with a keen eye will also notice that we have added in a nice transition as you go to and from video scenes. I the previous version, our virtual tour player added in a black empty space that did not flow with the rest of the production. The newly introduced transition will also be customizable soon with the release of our new Theming Update that is coming out next!
Finally, our customers can rest assured that anyone on a fast 3G and higher connection will be able to watch the video in 1080. Those on slower connections will be served up a smaller 720 or 480 video size. Our new Adaptive streaming technology allows us to serve up a video experience for everyone in every corner of the web! We look forward to hearing your feedback and seeing your beautiful productions come through here this summer in 1080! Please note that video files uploaded to Fusion prior to this update will need to be removed and re-uploaded / re-encoded to take advantage of this streaming update. If you see the small white “Gear” on your virtual tour to select a quality you can rest assured that your video is new enough to take advantage of our streaming technology.
See our adaptive streaming technology in action by viewing these virtual tours – https://tours.bluelavamedia.com/164406 and https://tours.robertharveyphoto.com/809285
New 360 Video Support: With the release of adaptive video streaming we thought we would surprise you all by adding in support for 360 videos. 360 video is an up and coming technology that is currently not being used as much as traditional video but has the potential to gain popularity as time goes on. We are anxiously waiting to see what our customers will do with this unique technology. If you add 360 Video into your productions please be sure to send your creative work to us so we can take a look at how you’re utilizing 360 video in our virtual tour software.
New Email Traffic Reports: While we were not planning on overhauling the E-mail version of the Seller’s Report this last month we were forced to because of changes that Google made to their API. We completely revamped how our weekly virtual tour traffic reports look as well as how they are sent out. The new reports will send 25 times faster on an upgraded database and will show up in agents inboxes on time and with an entirely new look and feel. We’re very happy with the new colors, stats, and layout. Tell us what you think – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/report/trafficreport-email.php?tourid=881108
Faster Video & Image Processing: Those of you that upload videos or panoramas to our server have already been commenting on how fast the videos and panoramas are processing these days. That’s because we’ve greatly improved the back end threading that handles these processes as well as migrated all of the “heavy lifting” to another server. With this intense processing removed from the management server, you don’t feel the weight of hundreds of others creating virtual tours at the same time, and you’ll feel an overall boost in the virtual tour manager speed.
Lightning-Fast Media Deletion: Image processing is not the only thing that we’ve made super fast on the tour manager. Now when you’re in your media manager and you want to remove a panorama, a still photo or a video you’ll notice that you can delete those unwanted scenes instantly. We’re very happy to announce to you that there is no more waiting ten to twenty seconds to remove a batch of images or a video file.
Improved Spherical Panorama Playback: In preparation for taking the RTV system to a full-on “Walkthrough Virtual Tour” type system we were aware of some playback issues when loading a spherical panorama. Those issues have been resolved and now the playback in both the Fusion Experience and Fusion Slim virtual tour players are seamless and without a black space or uncomfortable delay which was present in the previous build. Those of you that would like to see a Walkthrough Virtual Tour on RTV’s platform check out this winery virtual tour that we recently photographed – https://fusion.realtourvision.com/847718
New QR Code Generator: Our new QR code generator works much like our previous one did except now we have greatly extended the upper limit of the QR code generated to be several thousand pixels tall. We have made this change to allow for the printing of a QR code on larger signs and billboards.
Buttons Now Tour Options: By popular demand, we have made renamed and relocated the “Buttons” section of the tour manager. This section is now called Tour Options and is located under the “Manage” section. We left the word “Buttons” next to it for the time being while you get used to its new name and new locations but please be advised that we will soon be calling this section “Tour Options”.
We live to program new virtual tour software features for you every few weeks. Stay tuned for more AMAZING updates to come in 2019!! Thank you all for your dedication to our brand and loyalty. You Stand Out with RTV!
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