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12/28/2015 12:21:47 AM · #1
Anyone have any experience with this?
12/28/2015 01:57:14 AM · #2
Do you mean a walk through?
12/28/2015 11:13:05 AM · #3
Yes, a video for prospective buyers who cannot visit the property. This is for commercial use.
12/28/2015 11:26:55 AM · #4
Yes. Basically, it is several still shots stitched together of rooms and/or areas. Virtual tours are considered an essential selling tool and not just for commercial property; in fact, my experience is that they is used more for residential sales than commercial property. Real estate agents are now marrying the virtual tours for interior presentations with drone videos for exterior exhibits, especially if the property sits on any amount of land.

Not sure what you are after with your question, though.
12/28/2015 11:32:31 AM · #5
This is one of the coolest real estate promos I've seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dktkJXp6LNc

I think this company is in Canada. I guess you could do everything here in the states except the drone shots.
12/28/2015 11:37:25 AM · #6
Originally posted by tanguera:

Anyone have any experience with this?


Johanna, my brother is actually doing a lot of this in his marketing business lately. There's all kinds of ways you can go about this, are you looking to just do it one time or regularly?
12/28/2015 11:44:59 AM · #7
Didn't Alan Freed created a video like that sometime back?

just message you a link on your facebook check it out. Let me know if you need me to introduce you to the person who actually did this.

Message edited by author 2015-12-28 11:51:59.
12/28/2015 12:40:05 PM · #8
This is something that I've been asked to do, and I need to decide if I have the right experience/equipment to do it myself, or need to subcontract. Drones are out of the question at the moment because the company does not support their use (long story). It is not clear at this time if this is a once-off effort or if it's something that I will be adding to my business options.

I also have learned that the 360 degree virtual tour is both losing favor, and very market-dependent. Some markets require it, but others do not. It is also leaning heavily towards residential, with very little commercial interest.

I'm specifically interested in a virtual "walk-through", and wondering which is the best equipment to capture the footage (GoPro/other). I'm also looking into some software that allows the integration of "hot spots" - interactive links to specific spots in the tour, and/or interactive floor plans.
12/28/2015 02:07:18 PM · #9
this is probably silly if unless you plan on doing it for a business, but my brother just bought one of these:

//matterport.com/
12/28/2015 03:14:44 PM · #10
Originally posted by smardaz:

this is probably silly if unless you plan on doing it for a business, but my brother just bought one of these:

//matterport.com/


Yeah, as I said, in this market, that tool is rarely if ever used for commercial.
12/29/2015 01:26:40 AM · #11
Originally posted by tanguera:

This is something that I've been asked to do, and I need to decide if I have the right experience/equipment to do it myself, or need to subcontract. Drones are out of the question at the moment because the company does not support their use (long story). It is not clear at this time if this is a once-off effort or if it's something that I will be adding to my business options.

I also have learned that the 360 degree virtual tour is both losing favor, and very market-dependent. Some markets require it, but others do not. It is also leaning heavily towards residential, with very little commercial interest.

I'm specifically interested in a virtual "walk-through", and wondering which is the best equipment to capture the footage (GoPro/other). I'm also looking into some software that allows the integration of "hot spots" - interactive links to specific spots in the tour, and/or interactive floor plans.


I guess I don't quite follow what you mean by virtual tour. Do you mean like the traditional "click the arrow and you move right/left/forward" or is it literally a video of you progressing through the location?
12/29/2015 01:38:39 AM · #12
I will ask our graphic designer here at work, I know he makes this kind of stuff.
12/29/2015 01:57:28 AM · #13
Yes, there are 2 or 3 different types of product being produced for listings. One is the 360 virtual tour, where "you" stay in place and pivot the room around you, getting a 360 degree view of the room.

Another is a virtual tour - which is, in essence, a video of the property, usually traveling, as though it were you moving through the space.

This latter may also include aerial footage with a drone - normally used in high-end residential.

I'm just asking if anyone has experience doing the video portion, and if it's as easy as it seems (I do both video and editing), or if I'm missing something.
12/29/2015 01:57:44 AM · #14
Originally posted by GeorgesBogaert:

I will ask our graphic designer here at work, I know he makes this kind of stuff.


Thanks!
12/29/2015 02:12:58 AM · #15
Originally posted by tanguera:

Yes, there are 2 or 3 different types of product being produced for listings. One is the 360 virtual tour, where "you" stay in place and pivot the room around you, getting a 360 degree view of the room.

Another is a virtual tour - which is, in essence, a video of the property, usually traveling, as though it were you moving through the space.

This latter may also include aerial footage with a drone - normally used in high-end residential.

I'm just asking if anyone has experience doing the video portion, and if it's as easy as it seems (I do both video and editing), or if I'm missing something.


Okay, I was just making sure I understood you properly. So far as using GoPro, it could hypothetically work, but the FoV may be weird. The other issue is figuring out all of the grip involved, and I'm not sure how much experience you have in that area. Will you be filming with a gimbal? A dolly? Cable cam? Steadicam? What exactly is going to be used to provide stabilization? That complicates things, and is of utmost importance when producing something like that which requires a consistent feel throughout.
12/29/2015 04:52:23 AM · #16
is it something like this you want?
//www.taipeiads.com/index.php click on the little camera/ first choice

//www.taipeiads.com/googlebizphoto.php

360Videos are cool, too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClAuhgFQpLo&index=5&list=PLbsGxdAPhjv_tgCNWGaGvSnlIMZNkmnrM

Message edited by author 2015-12-29 05:11:49.
12/29/2015 07:01:30 AM · #17
Here's one I did for a seller.

Walk through

Used an OMD EM5 with the Samyang Fisheye lens.

12/29/2015 08:09:08 AM · #18
Originally posted by RamblinR:

Here's one I did for a seller.

Walk through

Used an OMD EM5 with the Samyang Fisheye lens.


Pretty cool. Great way to advertise a house.
12/29/2015 11:10:57 AM · #19
Originally posted by RamblinR:

Here's one I did for a seller.

Walk through

Used an OMD EM5 with the Samyang Fisheye lens.


Yes, that's the general idea.

I have a gimbal mount for the GoPro, and would use a less wide lens - I'm not sure the fisheye look would work for this product. I guess, technically, I could also use my D750, but I don't have the hardware to film a smooth a walkthrough.

George, the 360 IS pretty cool, but not useful for this project. We don't use it in commercial real estate here. Too many people complain about getting dizzy "spinning in place" :)
12/29/2015 06:35:12 PM · #20
You could do it with a really wide lens instead of a fisheye (my fisheye is 7.5 (FF 15)and my panasonic is 7-14 (FF 14-28)
Go through the house and make sure things are all tidy.
Have clients remove any family photos and replace with others.
I started at the front door due to the location of this house but it would be nice to start before the front gate to get the feeling that you were really there and include the garage for the men and also the backyard.
Plan how you will walk through the house ... turn slowly.

I didn't need a gimbal with the EM5 because it has IBIS, a wide lens also helps with this.
m43 has the advantage of more DOF for your f-stop
A go-pro is fisheye also

Interested to see what you end up doing.
12/29/2015 07:41:50 PM · #21
Great! This is a commercial building, not a house. But I get the gist of it. My gopro has two lenses, one a fisheye, the other not :)
01/04/2016 03:57:41 AM · #22
I don't know if this is the same sort of thing you are looking for. MyCaptR app
Looks like it's a few months before coming to market
01/04/2016 04:51:44 AM · #23
Originally posted by WonderDude:

This is one of the coolest real estate promos I've seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dktkJXp6LNc

I think this company is in Canada. I guess you could do everything here in the states except the drone shots.


I just made the link clickable
01/04/2016 01:07:29 PM · #24
Originally posted by NewtoNikon:

I don't know if this is the same sort of thing you are looking for. MyCaptR app
Looks like it's a few months before coming to market


Very cool. But it isn't yet available :(
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