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Virtual Tour Software Updates – 1080 Adaptive Streaming, 360 Video Support, & More!

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 –  and

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 –

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 –

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!


Team RTV

Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687

HD Video Virtual Tours are Here!

Front Door Photos now offers 2 kinds of video virtual tours!




Click the image above for a sneak peak at our latest and greatest visual marketing efforts. After a few weeks of hard work, I’m thrilled to start offering these video tours to realtors and builders looking to take their marketing to a whole new level! Having trouble viewing the video? Click HERE to view it on the website. Here are the 2 video virtual tour options:
1) HD video virtual tour with aerial videography, 360-degree panoramas and still photos

A 60-second video comprised of aerial video, 360-degree panoramas and still photos branded with your logo and contact information. The HD video is delivered as an MP4 file and comes ready to be loaded to to YouTube. (Price $199)
2) Full HD video tour with aerial videography and interior video work (no still photos or panoramas)

A 90-second video comprised of aerial video, hand-held walk through video, and other professional video shots also branded with your logo and contact information. Narration/voice-over services are available with this video type as well. This professional HD video is also delivered as an MP4 file and comes ready to be loaded to YouTube. (Price $399)

It is my goal to offer the very best visual marketing solutions so please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. Finally, THANK YOU for your continued support of Front Door Photos!

Best Regards,

Taylor Blom
Front Door Photos
Holland Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour – 616-283-9294

Why Should You Add Video to Virtual Tours?

Watching videos online is a growing trend and this relates heavily to the online virtual tour business. Including video within your virtual tour is a great way to capture the viewer’s attention and provide a better experience for anyone looking at the property online.

Videos can show off the very fine details of a property and any location. They are great for showing the surrounding areas such as rivers, water fountains, wildlife, and other points of interest.

Another common use is to upload a video of a real estate agent introducing the property and giving a short summary of the home or business. This will give the interactive virtual tour a personal touch and make it seem like you are taking a tour with a real person helping you along the way.

The more rich features that you can include within your 360 virtual tour, the better the odds to sell a home. The Fusion virtual tour software allows 5 minutes of internal video that can be shown during a live virtual tour. This is usually plenty of time to talk about the home or show off the different selling points. Try to keep your videos short and to the point, while keeping the visitors attention so that they can become a potential buyer.

With the power of Fusion and including all of the rich media such as HD still photos, 360 panoramas, and 720p video you will provide some of the best looking online virtual tours to your clients. They will not be disappointed with the RTV system and video options!

Team RTV

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

More YouTube Views For Virtual Tours

The more people you get to watch your virtual tour productions, the more successful your virtual tour business can be. YouTube can be a great channel to gain more exposure for your virtual tour videos—but with 100 hours of new video content uploaded to YouTube every minute, the challenge becomes getting people to find and watch yours.

It goes without saying that just uploading a video to YouTube and hoping that people will find it won’t get you views. Here are some ways to get more eyeballs for your virtual tours, and grow your virtual tour business with YouTube.

Use labels and descriptions to make your virtual tours findable
YouTube is a video platform, but there are plenty of opportunities to include text that will help people find your video through searches on the site. RTV’s Fusion virtual tour system does most of this fore you, but you should still take the time to optimize / double check all of these items for every virtual tour you upload to YouTube:

•    Video file name. The actual content file that you upload is searchable. If you’re posting a virtual tour for a 3-bedroom bungalow in Honolulu—first of all, lucky you, because you probably live in Hawaii. Second, don’t name the file “listing0024.mp4”. Instead, call it “HOME-ADDRESS-bunglow-Honolulu.mp4”.  So many users search for specific addresses these days as they look for more information on specific homes they’re interested.  Remember that it’s highly unlikely that people will initially find your home on YouTube but as they search for more information on a specific home it will come up a second time for further exposure!  Fusion virtual tour software system automatically optimizes your YouTube name for you. The same will also go for the video title.  Make your video title match your video file name for best results. Again…RTV’s Fusion system does this for you automatically. 

•    Video description. Don’t skimp out on your descriptions!!! YouTube gives you around 2 to 3 paragraphs, and you should use it all to work keywords naturally into an interesting description of the video itself, as well as your virtual tour business. You can use the free YouTube keyword tool to find the most popular related keywords people are searching for. Don’t forget to include a link to the virtual tour itself right at the very top of your description. This will attract more visitors VS putting the link to your production at the bottom.  RTV recommends that you click on the Video Promotion button in your Fusion system and double check to make sure that you’re happy with the automatic description that Fusion adds before sending the production off to YouTube. 

•    Tags. Fusion will also automatically add relevant tags into your video production.  If you like you can customize the tags on any of your productions.  Be sure to choose interesting and relevant tags like “Honolulu” and “virtual tour” and “don’t you wish you lived in Hawaii” (okay, maybe not that one) for your videos.

Share everywhere
Remember, YouTube views count even when people view your virtual tours embedded on another website—and with more views, more people will be able to find it on YouTube. Have a plan to start sharing your videos as soon as they’re live on YouTube—through your social media, on your website, even with your family and friends.

With well-planned use of descriptive elements and a strong sharing strategy, you can get more YouTube views for your virtual tours and in turn your virtual tour business channel will become more popular.  Overall this means more exposure for your virtual tour business.


Team RTV

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training 

Expand Your Marketing Strategy Using Video Marketing

Over half of all Americans own a smartphone, 34% own a tablet, and Neomobile predicts that by 2017, two-thirds of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video. This presents you virtual tour company owners with a huge opportunity to start taking advantage of mobile video platforms like Instagram and Vine.

So how can you start implementing video marketing into your virtual tour company marketing strategy? You should follow the tips suggested below.

Tip #1: Limit the Self-Promotion
Of course the whole point of marketing is to market yourself, but too many promotional videos will turn people off. No one is interested in a video that simply shows a picture of your product with a voice over that describes it. We highly recommend that you use the Fusion virtual tour system and create an amazing interactive video presentation demonstrating your property marketing skills and features.  Here’s a very nice presentation that might give you some ideas to get you started:

Tip #2: Provide helpful, quality content
As with all content marketing, you want to promote your virtual tour company, but you also want to provide your customers and potential customers with something that will be genuinely helpful or interesting to them.

Tip #3: Build Suspense
There are some advantages to the short time constraints. One advantage is that you’re able to create suspenseful teasers that will build up excitement about an upcoming contest, product launch, or any other “big announcement” that you want your virtual tour customers to be excited about.

Tip #4: Host a Contest
People love entering contests! Host a contest asking your followers to show you how they use your product, or offer a video testimonial contest among your very best customers.

Tip #5: Give An Inside Look
People love going “behind the scenes.” It makes them feel as though they’re getting an exclusive inside look into the secret world behind a business or brand.  Think about creating a “Behind the Scenes” video of you processing images, building a virtual tour, or even showing your customers how you virtual tour company evaluates each shoot.

Tip #6: Just Get Creative!
Try out Instagram or Vine! These amazing sites constrain you to 15 seconds or less to send your message forcing you to be creative. Think outside of the advertising box and brainstorm different, unique ways to showcase your virtual tour products and professional photography services. Create a story, not a commercial.

Above all have fun RTV!

Thanks for your continued support!

Team RTV

RTV, Inc
Virtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training
Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687