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The Best Virtual Tour Software Just Got Better

It’s been a BIG year for us over here at RTV and things are only just beginning to heat up! The demand for interactive 3D virtual tours and video walkthrough style virtual tours continues to rise exponentially. While the RTV programmers pound out virtual tour software updates, our customers are spending less time working in the back end creating tours and delivering images. They’re earning more by monetizing new features and positioning themselves to dominate their local market like never before. Overall the numbers are up! The largest and most impactful virtual tour software updates are still to come before the end of this year. Get ready for our new photographer manager, an easier to use and faster virtual tour back end, and job scheduling/payment collection 2.0. We hope you’re ready to streamline everything A to Z with your virtual tour, aerial drone, and real estate photography business.

If you’re not set up yet on our system and would like to take it for a test drive, set up your free virtual tour software account here.

August 2020 Virtual Tour Software Updates Include:

YouTube Multi-Channel Support – We have recently gone live with our multi-channel support for our video ripper under the “Video Production / Promotion” section of your manager. Now real estate photographers using the Fusion system are able to upload images, panoramas, or full-motion videos and compile an MP4 for posting on their channel, the agent’s channel, and even the broker’s channel. To enable this feature, you will need to authorize the respective YouTube channel from within the agent level or broker level accounts within Fusion.

Enhanced Video & Audio Fade – If you are taking advantage of the “Video Production / Promotion” feature to create social media video files for your customers, you will love our new Audio & Video Fade that we’ve added throughout the video production. It makes for a much more professional look and feel, and a better overall video. Enjoy!

Improved SEO on Property Sites & Gallery Pages – Further advancements have been made to the new property websites as well as our updated virtual tour gallery pages. These modifications will help them rank better in the search engines when internet users search for a specific property address or business name. We highly encourage everyone to add their own virtual tour gallery to their website like so – https://www.bluelavamedia.com/tour-search/ This will introduce the search engine robots to your gallery page where each of your productions will be indexed, and in theory, rank better. Give us a call if you need advice or assistance adding this to your website.

Brush & Build Added – As you create new virtual tour and property website projects you will now see that we offer a Brush & Build service which is listed under additional services. The service allows our users to take photos, upload them to RTV where we edit them, create the project, and get everything ready to submit to the client. Our Brush & Build service starts out at $1.00 per still photo and $2.00 per panorama. Give us a call today to find out more and take it for a test drive!

Property Site Hero Pause – We have added a new feature that disables the video streaming in the hero section of the property website when a user scrolls down on their phone, device, or computer. This pausing of the video streaming opens up more bandwidth and computer resources for interactive content below the hero such as an embedded RTV Tour, Matterport, 4K Vimeo, Zillow 3D Home Tour, Floor Plans and more. When a user scrolls back up to the hero section of the property site, the streaming is resumed. Enjoy the better playback experience!

Double Affiliate Disabled – Most of our customers take full advantage of the affiliate section in Fusion. Why wouldn’t you attach your logo/brand on every production that you create? To not “Over Advertise”, we have disabled the affiliate from showing up on the virtual tour AND the property website at the same time when you embed your virtual tour into your property site. To see an example of this, check out some of the property sites over at https://tours.bluelavamedia.com/ Scroll down to the embedded virtual tour section and you’ll see that the affiliate is suppressed on the tour but shows on the property site. If you, however, use the play thumb option and open your RTV virtual tour into a new window, your affiliate logo will appear on both.

Enjoy the new virtual tour software updates.  As always, feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.

Sincerely,

Jason & Team RTV

RTV, Inc

866-947-8687
www.RealTourVision.com


RTV Announces Ernie Blood as New CEO/President and Financial Investor

virtual tour software guysTRAVERSE CITY, MI February 13th, 2020 – Real Tour Vision (RTV, Inc) announced today that Ernie Blood acquired the majority of its shares and will take on the new active role as CEO/President. Ernie, an international trainer and author of “The Pocket Real Estate Guides” plans on leveraging his vast business connections and marketing tools from his array of existing companies and partnerships to provide RTV and its network of 1000 plus global photographers with a unique and competitive advantage in their marketplace.

RTV is one of the world’s most established providers of virtual tour software, property websites, 3D walkthroughs, virtual staging, and boost marketing services for professional photographers, enterprising real estate agents, and brokers. RTV is also a Google Trusted Photography Agency and offers professional still photography, virtual tours, and drone services to corporations throughout North America and worldwide. RTV’s major business categories include hospitality, healthcare, assisted living, apartment communities, home builders, and real estate. Some clients include Choice Hotels International, G6 Hospitality (Motel 6), Red Roof Inn, and RLH Corporation to name a few.

Ernie brings over forty years of marketing expertise to RTV after having partnered with or helped start-up and operate companies such as Global Referral Center, Inc., Harmon Media Group, CellaHome, ProspectConverter, Home Actions LLC™, TWPN.com, EMB Lenders, SecureData 365, MAutoSearch.com™, Carmel Digital Printing, ConnectNow Inc™ and more. In total, Ernie has been involved with and helped grow over 45 companies since 1973.

RTV Founder, Vice President, and Co-Owner, Jason LaVanture said, “Thanks to Peter Leon of the Global Referral Center, we were introduced to Ernie, and could not be more excited to have found such a perfect match for our virtual tour company. In the short term, Ernie will give RTV instant access to products and services that have previously been outside of our reach and are also likely to be a financial barrier for our competitors. Looking forward, Ernie will help us create strategic relationships that will keep our virtual tour photographers from around the world growing for years to come. This is a game-changer!”

Ernie Blood stated, “I looked at many companies in this sector to add to our network of technology companies. RTV stood out because of its leadership, strong team, longevity in the industry, business integrity, vast photography network, and consistent advancement of technology since 1999. With Jason’s leadership, cutting edge virtual tour technology, and backing by our local and global partners, RTV will continue to be the dominant leader in their marketplace. RTV customers can expect tremendous leaps in technology and service offerings in the months to come.”

This alignment will not only create more exposure and opportunities for RTV’s network of photographers, but it will also empower these local entrepreneurs with new services and marketing tools such as MLS data synchronization, SMS text messaging, social media video re-targeting, advanced lead capture, print-on-demand, and more, thus giving RTV a unique edge in the marketplace.

Read the full news release here

RTV – Hotel Photography & Virtual Tour Software 

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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 – 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!

Sincerely,

Team RTV

Order a virtual tour – 866-947-8687

https://www.RealTourVision.com


Virtual Tour Software Updates – Final Push 2018

Happy New Year from Team RTV! This year we were able to release a record number of wonderful virtual tour software enhancements and time savers to our already robust system. Looking back, we made new virtual tour technology announcements every month of the year! We are wrapping up 2018 today by announcing several new updates to our system that are outlined for you below.

Virtual Tour System Updates

Please take a moment and watch a video overview of our virtual tour software updates here: https://youtu.be/aJmUa-mUImA  and you can also read about each update in detail below.

Fusion Virtual Tour Manager Updates:

• RTV says goodbye to Adobe Flash – While our virtual tours have been Flash-free for quite some time now, our back end (Fusion Manager) had some remaining Flash elements that simply had to go. We are happy to announce that as of December of 2018 we no longer have any Flash elements in the RTV system!

• All-in-one HTML 5 Scene Editor – Customers will notice a nice productivity boost the next time they use our new HTML 5 scene editor. The days of having to use the Still Photos Editor, followed by the Panorama Editor, followed by the Hot Spot Editor are over. Our new Scene Editor combines most of our editors into one, which allows you to do all of these things from one, easy to use, Editor. You can access the new Scene Editor from your Media Manager by double-clicking on any of your Still Photos, Video Clips, or Panoramic Photos. This double-click action will then open up new Scene Editor allowing you to quickly choose a video clip thumbnail, adjust Ken Burns and still photo calibration settings, add Hot Spots, and adjust panoramic settings. You will also like that we now allow you to quickly navigate back to the Media Manager from within the new Scene Editor.

• New HTML 5 Hot Spot Editor – For those of you that like to create “Walkthrough” style virtual tours and utilize Hot Spots, you’ll love our new and improved HTML 5 Hot Spot Editor. It’s not only faster and easier to use, but it’s also “Smart” and steps you through the process of adding Hot Spots to scenes. If you create panoramas for your virtual tours and do not use Hot Spots, we would like to encourage you to try out the new Hot Spot Editor. Just click the “Plus” symbol and let our New Hot Spot Editor guide you through the process. It’s fast and very easy to use bringing RTV one step closer to full virtual walkthrough creations.

• New HTML 5 Cloud Recorder – RTV’s Cloud Recorder is now 100% HTML 5. The Cloud Recorder allows your customers do their own voice overs on their virtual tours without the need for audio recording and editing software. If you’ve never used (or allowed your customers to use) the cloud recorder, we encourage you to give it a try. Reach out to RTV’s technical support team if you don’t know how to give your customers access to your tour manager, and we’ll step you through the process of granting user level access as well as using the Cloud Recorder.

• New HTML 5 Floor Plan Editor – We have been seeing an uptick in the number of floor plans stored on tour system which means that our customers like our new “3 Way” Floor Plans which we launched at the beginning of this year. You’ll all be happy to know that our Floor Plan Editor is now HTML 5 and will also one day soon be a part of the All-in-One Scene Editor.

• Fusion Navigation Changes – As you poke through the Fusion virtual tour system during your next build, you will likely take notice that some things have been moved around and relocated to places where they make a bit more sense and are more convenient throughout the tour creation process. As we continue to enhance the Fusion virtual tour system, you can expect much more organization such as this to occur, and we will always let you know when it does.

Log into your Fusion virtual tour system to take a peek at all the new enhancements – https://manage.realtourvision.com

Thank you once again for your support and we hope that you are as excited about the New Year as we are. Get ready for HTTPS tours as well as video streaming 2.0 as the New Year kicks off. See you next year!

Sincerely,

Team RTV

RTV, Inc

Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services

Stand Out Today – 866-947-8687

www.RealTourVision.com

Feel free to browse some of our virtual tour software videos from the past:

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Virtual Tour Software Updates – Lots of Time Savers & What’s to Come

Latest Virtual Tour Software Updates for RTV

  • EasyMLS Updates – We have made EasyMLS even easier and faster for our users. Less buttons to click now for both USA and Canadian users.
  • Photographers Creating Orders – By popular demand, you can now permit your virtual tour photographers to place their own orders and create tours from within Fusion. When your virtual tour photographers create a tour, you are given a notification and can keep track of their activity.
  • Photographer Login – We’re very happy to let you know that you can now log directly into your virtual tour photographers account from your master virtual tour system account. This is a HUGE time saver for those of you with a large photography team.
  • Additional Agent / Owner Permissions – When you grant them permission, both agents and owners are now allowed to log into your private labeled login (http://login.BlueLaVaMedia.com) and delete tours. Remember that you will need to grant this permission and it is off by default!
  • Video Ripper Improvements – The video ripper that can be found under the “Video Promotion” section of your virtual tour manager now rips the videos with the audio tracks in the correct order. Consider using the video ripper to create short “Social” videos in addition to your longer YouTube versions. It’s easy and a great money maker!
  • Video Delivery Update – For those of you wishing that you could find a way to easily send your customers your drone video, or home walkthrough video directly through Fusion we are happy to tell you that you can! Check your deliverables section for both your created .mp4 video from our Video Ripper as well as the ability for you to send your customer any videos that you have added into your virtual tour production.
  • Image Delivery Engine Update – We are very happy to let you know that you can now send your virtual tour customers their images in a zip file named one of three ways! Our Image Delivery Engine will now allow you to deliver your images to your customer using your scene sort order, the name you gave your images or you can choose to use your own scene title. Choose your favorite and most convenient naming convention and keep things easy on your customers with these new improvements to the RTV Image Delivery Engine!

Virtual Tour Player Updates

  • Improved Tour SEO – We know that the better a tour ranks in the SERPS the more views it will get, so we stand committed to making sure that your tours will get noticed by the search engines. Our new improved Tour Tags and META should give you a noticeable boost in both MacroSEO site and virtual tour ranking. Remember that your tours MUST be linked onto a site with “Follow” tags for the search engine spiders to pick them up and index them. We encourage you all to use the MacroSEO site to help accomplish this and be sure to blog all of your tours. See www.TourGrandTraverse.com for pointers.

Thanks for your continued support!

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services

Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687