What Is A Good Way To Host 360 Images For Real Estate In A Tour?

November 17th, 2016

360imagesGeorge in Maryland wants to know how to host 360 images. He says:

I purchased the Theta S in order to capture still 360 degree spherical images at reasonable expense. The captured digital 360 degree images are save as JPEG images.

What can I use to create a slideshow utilizing several of these images that will retain the spherical image attributes AND will allow viewers of the slide show to pause the individual images and navigate them as 360 degree spherical images.

Yes, hosting and displaying 360 images is a classic issue for 360 images. I think the best solution is tourbuzz.net. Here is an example of the kind of thing I think you are looking for that I made many years ago for one of my wife’s listings. You can make these branded or unbranded tours.

You can mix stills, 360 images and video in the same tour and all for $12 a tour when you purchase tours 10 at a time.

There are many other ways to do this but I think this is a very effective, inexpensive way for real estate photographers to provide tours with any kind of media.

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8 Responses to “What Is A Good Way To Host 360 Images For Real Estate In A Tour?”

  • We use http://round.me paid version

    Best,

    Dan

  • I recently had someone move into my small town (which has a marginal real estate client base to begin with) with a Matterport, and he’s taking a significant amount of my business. Do you think a camera like this in the video mode could compete with him? From the reviews I’ve seen, the shared video is a bit soft. Also, are you able to do any color correction with the stills? Final question, I see it has an HDR mode. Does that do a good job?

  • I am just curious what you thought of the quality of the images from the Theta S. Personally I was very disappointed. I still have my Theta S but I’m thinking about selling it. Does anyone have experience with Realtors being happy with the quality of the 360 degree images from the Theta S? Personally I am probably going to stick with taking the images with a wide-angle or fisheye and stitching together with Ptgui then assembly virtual tours in pano2vr and then use my existing hosting provider, e.g. aplus.net.

    As to the more specific question I would concur that Tourbuzz is most likely the best option for the specific functionality.

  • Full Frame systems has added a Panorama player to their list of features. There is also support for a Matterport embed on the property websites.

  • I have used Real Tour Vision for many years. They are supposed to be coming out with a newer and better system soon too. But if you buy 10 credits at a time, it is $10 – so a little cheaper. The tours will work with cell phones too.

    You can add 360’s, stills, movie clips to their system.

    I’m not a fan of 360’s at all though, very outdated I think. And the Matterports in my opinion is just plain “yuck”!!

  • As someone else (Ronald Castle) posted yesterday, I too am losing business to someone with a Matterport. However, someone else (Kathy Ward), said that the Matterport “is just plain ‘yuck’!!” So, what’s a Real Estate photographer to do? Do we spend the $$$$ for a device that maybe outdated tomorrow or wait and continue to lose business? In my area a photographer with a Matterport is paid $300 for 360’s and 75 still images. I deliver 35-50 images. I can’t imagine having to do the Matterport AND take 75 images! That’s just not enough profit for the cost of the Matterport and all the work, in my opinion. Besides, there aren’t a lot of Real Estate agents who want to pay the $300. Maybe business would increase, with the right realtor/home if I had a Matterport and it would pay for itself. Another local Real Estate photographer was paid $600 for outdoor drone photography and 30 indoor images of a million-dollar home. This industry is changing fast. Any thoughts out there? What are you doing to sustain your Real Estate Photography business?

  • I haven’t marketed 360 yet, takes too much time for what I charge, but I have used 360cities.net to show circular panos I’ve taken. I believe there is a paid version as the free version is for non-commercial use. https://www.360cities.net/image/danvillemuseumoffinearts-frontdoor

  • I think Kathy Ward (above) is correct; my feeling from years of doing photography and video is that MOST BUYERS (IMHO) consider the 360 degree tours – or those inserted as portions of tours – to be too tedious, time consuming (when they are looking at several posted listings), and generally not hooking a sale or an in-person showing. In addition to this, MOST SUCCESSFUL AGENTS (in my region) feel that these provide “too much information;” that is, they leave prospective buyers with no remaining curiosity.

    If you feel that you must use the 360 to grow your business or deferential yourself as better than your competition, then those suggestions above – Tourbuzz and Roundme – look pretty good (though the roundme site lacks upfront cost and “mechanics, how-to” information.

    Best of luck to you.

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