July 10th, 2007
Back in March of this year Jim DHeam over at www.dvd-tour.com made some sample DVDs of a couple of listings we had at the time. What Jim does is create a Flash slide show with listing photos that you e-mail him, he sends you the link to the slide show with in 24 hours and then sends you two DVDs with the slide show on it. Back in March Jim wasn’t hosting an online tour, thats a recently added feature.
Jim’s DVDs made a believer out of me! I was quite impressed with the tour on DVD concept. I’ve been making CDs of my tours for years so I’ve been aware of the excitement that giving tours on CDs to buyers and sellers generates. But I’ve always run into the problem that my CDs don’t run on Macs and for some non-technical people a CD that runs on a computer is a mystery. With a tour on a DVD it runs anywhere: PCs, Macs and living room DVD players. People can use it wherever they are most comfortable. What’s more, it looks awesome on large screen TVs that have become so popular the last few years.
If you are not into making your own Flash tours and DVDs Jim does it for $29.95 or $19.95 for just the DVDs or just the internet tour.
If you are up to doing it yourself there are a bunch software to create Flash tours and DVDs. Jim says he’s tried a number of products for making DVDs and likes iDVD on the Mac best. For making Flash tours again there are a huge number of alternatives but Jim uses Mono slideshow from www.monoslideshow.com. Readers have more suggestions for their favorite Flash slide show software over in the reader discussion on flicker.
I believe this combination of large (800×600) slide shows and DVDs to go is currently the most effective combination for real estate tours.