Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SEO Time For Virtual Tour Providers

Hello to all of our RTV fans and friends out there. Did you know there are over 40,000 Google searches per second happening on the Internet right now? GO GOOGLE!! Quite a few of these constant internet searches could be directly related to your virtual tour photography service or professional photography company.

The problem is that your virtual tour company website might not show up high enough in the results to get any of that traffic.  We're here to help!  If you have not taken a little time in the last month to perform a little search engine optimization strategy, you could be missing out.  Each of you can greatly increase your chances of being found by spending just a little time each month writing a blog or news release about your business and posting it to your site and here at the RTV blog. Getting your website higher in the search results is quite easy to do and if you watch our SEO shows found in and spend just a bit of time at it you'll be on that first page or even at the very top in no time at all!  

You say,"I'm already in front of all of the most important real estate professionals in town. They already know about me."

We say, "You're still missing out on a huge opportunity in other verticals, business owners, and home sellers that may not yet know about you."

Being found at the top in Google search results makes other businesses money every day and it can do the same thing for you too! By reaching people that are actively seeking professional photography or virtual tour services, you give them a direct route to the end goal: Your virtual tour business.

This means more website traffic (Just ask Greg and Paige Mitts), increased phone calls, and additional form submissions, which all lead to more revenue for your virtual tour company. Unlike traditional forms of advertising, appearing high in Google’s search results offers a high return on investment or ROI and reaches people already looking for your products or services.

Want to learn more about SEO for your virtual tour company and professional photography business?
RTV will be kicking off several new webinars in the near future that will help you with just that and lots more!

We have recently recruited Jason Stringham (Jay), as RTV's Internet Marketing Coordinator. Jay comes to RTV as a professional photographer and a Social Media Expert. He will be the new host of our popular webinar series "Social Realty" and will also be hosting a brand new webinar series we're calling "Through The Lens".   Jay's skill sets make him a perfect candidate for these shows, and we could not be happier to have him here on the team.

Those of you going through RTV's new T4 program will be getting a free SEO consultation session with Jay as we relaunch our popular Local Market Landing Page program that began in 2011. Those of you that would like to brush up on your SEO are encouraged to revisit the several SEO shows that we have back in our webinar archive in your marketing center and please do keep your eyes out for up next up and coming shows. 

In the meantime if you've already watched all of our past SEO and Social Realty shows be sure to send in a blog to and we'll drop you a backlink. See you on top RTV!


Jason LaVanture

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Virtual Tour Software & Professional Photography Training

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

IMAGE Webinar 54 – Video Editing

RTV WebinarsFull motion video is an important component to virtual tours and can be used in several ways.  It is great for Realtor Introductions, video walkthroughs and for showing off those property features that have motion and sound. 

After you shoot your video it is important to edit your video to make it look its best for your client and the viewing public before uploading it to your virtual tour.  It needs to look like a finished product.

In this webinar I am going to show you some basic video editing skills that are a must.  We will use Adobe Premiere Elements 10 for editing the video.  We chose to use the Adobe Premiere Elements editor because is it easy to use, has a great amount of features and tools for a low price, and it is compatible with both PC and Mac. 

Make sure you attend this webinar so that you can start using video to enhance your virtual tours, increase your product offering to your clients, and grow your virtual tour business.

Join me, Ben Knorr, your IMAGE webinar host, on September 9, 2014 at 7pm eastern for the IMAGE 54 – Video Editing.  You won’t want to miss it!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

RTV Launches T4 - Top Tier Tour Track Program!

RTV, Inc is proud to officially announce the start of our Tour Tier Tour Track Program that will be called T4.  T4 utilizes only the very best professional photographers within the RTV photography network to acquire national accounts that are seeking the highest quality photography and that are willing to pay a higher fee for such a service.

T4 will have many requirements and will also be a limited opportunity within the RTV network.

To apply for T4 status start off by attending our short webinar this Thursday (8-21-14) evening at 7:00 PM Eastern. Please check your email for an email invitation to the event.

During this 20 - 30 minute Webinar we will be discussing in detail the new T4 program, the requirements, and how to get started.  We’ll also be providing you with an update on other up and coming photography initiatives with national accounts.

This Webinar will be our official launch of the T4 program so be sure not to miss the show. We're confident that our T4 program will pave the way for thousands of future photography opportunities for RTV providers.

Attend this show and learn why becoming an RTV T4 will pay off many times over for your virtual tour business and how to get started in the new program.

See you on the show RTV!

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Virtual Tour Software & Professional Photography Training

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Never Stop Learning

It is easy to get caught up in the day in and day out of life. Paying the bills demands so much of our time and energy, that we begin to set aside our own professional and personal growth.

Most of the professional photographers I know, and believe me I know a lot of them, picked up a camera as a hobby first. I have seen it a thousand times, it is like they have a new love relationship. They pine for their camera when they aren't shooting. They voraciously seek out tips and new techniques as they seek to master their new love. They begin to dream of how great would be to be able to make a living with their camera, so they begin to advertise their new business to family and friends.

If these folks are lucky enough to be able to drum up enough business to continue to work as a pro photographer, they realize how much work the profession really is. Don't get me wrong it is certainly fun, but it is a lot of work. From the day to day client communication and scheduling, to shooting and don't forget the hours of post processing! That doesn't leave much time for learning and growing as an artist.

To complicate matters further the photographer must have confidence in themselves to present themselves as an expert in the field, and inspire confidence of potential clients. Very few of these photographers have attended college or a trade school for photography, so their growth as an artist and expertise is solely dependent on their drive to learn.

Learning opportunities is one of the many benefits of partnering with RTV virtual tour company & professional photography service. We host webinars to help photographers to continue to grow both in their craft as well as marketing their businesses. As a member you also have access to a library of past webinars to refer back to at your convenience. Do you have an area  you would like to know more about? Find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google +. We have several professional photographers on our in house staff that would love to connect with you and answer any questions you may have.

If you are a photographer looking for a new avenue for income, or simply looking to start your own business, consider our proprietary virtual tour software. We provide the training and equipment to get you started quickly and with out hassle. You can learn more about our system by visiting our "Start a Virtual Tour Business" page or calling us at 866 947 8687.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Your Virtual Tour Checklist

A stunning virtual tour can be a great tool for anyone who’s promoting a real estate property, or just about any type of business. And like many creative endeavors, there are nearly as many ways to make a virtual tour as there are types of 360 virtual tours you can make. However, there’s a basic formula you can follow to create a powerful and effective virtual tour that will help you sell what you’re promoting.

Whether you’re a virtual tour provider just starting out, or a real estate agent or business owner who’s never made a virtual tour but would like to learn more, these steps will help you put together an effective and engaging virtual tour.

Scout and prepare your virtual tour location
Your first step should be to check out the location of your virtual tour and plan your shots. Do a walk through of the property or business with an eye for the best areas to include on the tour. Look for the money shot! Consider the best times of day when areas will look good with any natural light you can use, as well as the places where you may want a short video in addition to photos.

Have the right gear
Smartphones are coming out with better built-in cameras all the time, but a good quality digital SLR camera is still the best tool for creating a virtual tour. A camera that allows you to take high resolution photos, can possibly offer up some HD video capabilities, and preferably one that allows you to bracket your shots.  Look for the Canon T series and you're sure to find success!

Remember that no camera is any good without a good lens so try to scope out a nice 12-24 wide angle lens to go along with your camera and images will look amazing!

In addition to a great digital camera, you should strongly consider investing in a tripod. Using a tripod allows you to capture professional quality images that will enhance your finished product and deliver better results in your marketing.  Go for sturdy without breaking the bank.  Check out the Vanguard Tracker pods. They're amazing!

Use fully featured virtual tour software
While it’s possible to create a virtual tour using free or common software programs like Windows Movie Maker or Adobe Photoshop, you will have better results using specialized software that’s designed for making professional virtual tours.

With virtual tour software such as RTV’s Fusion virtual tour system, you’ll be able to use powerful features like panoramic stitching, high definition output, the ability to easily use both images and video, easy soundtrack integration and editing, floor plan creation, hyperlinks and bubble text, a submission engine, and much more.

Develop a deployment strategy
Virtual tours must be seen to get results. Once your virtual tour is finished, you can get visibility and views by posting it on your website (or your client’s website), video sites like YouTube, and real estate sites like Trulia. You can also store your virtual tours on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, so you can show your stunning presentation to potential customers wherever you are.


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Are Real Estate Virtual Tours Still Effective?

Just as with every marketing tool, opinions on the effectiveness of real estate virtual tours are divided. While some believe that a great virtual tour still does more to attract potential buyers and increase visibility for a listing than more traditional real estate marketing strategies, others suspect the virtual tour has started to lose ground with property buyers.

Opponents of real estate virtual tours often claim they’re a waste of time, and that good quality photos of a property will work just as well—and further, it all gets lost in the sea of digital noise that the Internet has become, anyway. The demise of the real estate virtual tour has been argued across blogs and forums frequently, with no real conclusions drawn.

The good news is that virtual tours do remain powerful marketing tools for real estate. In fact, the virtual tour format is more suited to the current audience than ever.

Real estate virtual tours: Effectiveness by the numbers

Several studies have compiled statistics on the popularity and effectiveness of virtual tours, and the results are encouraging. A few examples include:

•    More than 50% of adult Internet users depend on virtual tours for research on a regular basis, according to a Clickz Stats study

•    84% of first-time home buyers and 79% of repeat buyers search for a home on the Internet, according to a National Association of Realtors (NAR) study

• statistics report that listings with virtual tours receive 87% more views than listings without tours (including those with still photos alone), and that 54% of buyers who use the site will not look at properties that don’t include virtual tours

Virtual tours make a property stand out among online listings. Home buyers, especially those relocating a considerable distance, prefer the convenience of an available virtual tour that allows them to experience a property without making extra visits—and in many cases, prompts them to schedule a showing.

Tips for successful virtual tours

The effectiveness of a real estate virtual tour depends largely on the quality of the tour itself. Stunning, high definition virtual tours that offer great images and video of the property, along with additional details such as floor plans, MLS data, and links to further resources, provide an immersive experience for property buyers. Great virtual tours will engage viewers further with features like background music, narration, 360-degree interactive panoramic images, and more.

RTV's powerful virtual tour software makes it easy to create these fully featured virtual tours for your real estate property. Use still images, HD panoramic images, and even full motion video in your productions.  Have it your way, as they say!!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Apartment Photography & Virtual Tours with RTV

Apartment Photography
Choosing an apartment or a condo to rent is an important decision—and the more information you can give prospective renters, the more likely you’ll be to get your lease signed. If you are a real estate agent, property owner, or virtual tour service provider, don’t overlook creating virtual tours for rental properties like apartments, town homes, and condominiums.

Why should you create virtual tours for apartments?

Most people who are looking to rent an apartment are just like home buyers in that they want a place to call home, where they’ll be comfortable and happy. Whether they’re moving locally or from a long distance, an apartment virtual tour will give them the opportunity to experience individual units without having to schedule an extra trip to the property. This convenience helps you to attract more interested renters, who are able to see exactly what your units look like right from their computer or mobile device.

In addition, virtual tours for apartments allow you to point out the unique characteristics of each unit you have available. Not all apartments, condos, and townhouses are the same, and renters like to know that there’s something interesting or different about the unit they’re considering.

What to include in an apartment virtual tour
As with any effective virtual tour, a great virtual tour for an apartment will show all of the major areas that renters want to know about. Include stunning, high quality images and video of the unit’s living area, kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms. For units with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, be sure to include photos of each individual room—even if they have similar or identical designs.

Your apartment virtual tour should also include images of the interior of the unit building, along with any shared amenities available to tenants, such as laundry rooms, vending machines, or gym areas. Show the exterior of the building, as well as outside areas for use by tenants such as courtyards, porches, or balconies. If you have dedicated parking areas for tenants, include them in your virtual tour as well.

Finally, many renters want to know about the surrounding neighborhood and community. Take photos and videos of nearby amenities and conveniences, especially those that are within walking distance or accessible by public transportation. Don’t forget to include contact information at the end of your virtual tour, so interested renters can find out more or schedule a viewing!

RTV provides high quality, professional virtual tour software for real estate agents, property owners, and business owners, as well as a network of experienced virtual tour providers who can help you create a stunning and effective virtual tour for your properties. Contact us today to find out more about what we can do for you.

Thank you for your continued support!


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Using Virtual Tours for Daycare Centers, Schools & Preschools

High quality virtual tours are an excellent way to showcase a business and let potential customers experience your facilities and people from the comfort of their home. They’re designed to engage people and interest them in visiting your business, where they’ll hopefully become customers. But does your school or preschool need a virtual tour?

Virtual tours can definitely benefit both schools and preschools. In much the same way that colleges and universities use these powerful tools, Daycare centers, preschools, and schools can show prospective young students—and especially their parents—exactly what to expect when they come to your school.

See a sample here:

Overcoming the first hurdle

Enrolling in preschool can be a scary time for both parent and child. For children, it’s often a major transition, and may be the first time in their lives they will spend any significant amount of time away from their parents. And of course, parents want to be reassured that their little ones will be taken care of in a safe, clean, and fun environment with friendly caretakers.

You may tell parents that your facility is a great place for kids, but a virtual tour will be able to show them your wonderful environment. High-definition photos and video of your play areas, kitchens and eating areas, nap areas, and more will paint an impressive picture of your preschool.

And since virtual tours are visual in nature, even young children can watch and understand more about your school. Being able to see the preschool before they visit for the first time can help them overcome fears and separation anxiety.

Professional virtual tours for schools and preschools
A virtual tour consists of so much more than images. While detailed, stunning photos and video are central to the creation of a virtual tour, they can also include floor plans, captions, info bubbles, links, staff bios, and even fun music to delight young viewers.

Marketing your preschool to parents is also easier with a virtual tour. You can embed the final presentation on your website, and also post it to social media sites like YouTube and Facebook to increase visibility and awareness for your school.

Are you looking to increase enrollment at your preschool with a professional virtual tour? Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you and your school!


Team RTV

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Friday, July 25, 2014

RTV Wins Motel 6 Hotel Photography Contract

RTV is proud to announce that we have been selected as the preferred photography and virtual tour vendor for Motel 6, an iconic American brand managed and operated by G6 Hospitality LLC. As part of this new partnership, RTV will be photographing nearly 500 hotels between now and Labor Day 2014. The intense photography initiative has already begun, and will ramp up to over the next several weeks.  This is an amazing undertaking that will surely test the capabilities of RTV’s vast professional photography network and unique Tour Track system.

The intense photography initiative has already begun and will ramp up to over the next several weeks until all 500 hotels have been photographed, approved, and delivered.

See one of our first Motel 6 productions here:

RTV was chosen to provide this service to Motel 6 because of our extensive professional photographer base, amazing virtual tour technology, and lightning fast turnaround time.  With RTV, a photographer can literally be in your lobby and ready to photograph in a matter of days, not months, and the client is given a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

As many of you already know, RTV has been successfully photographing hotels now since 2005, and remains confident in our ability to complete a professional hotel photography shoot anywhere in the USA or Canada within two to three weeks.

RTV clients have come to love the RTV process from start to finish as the entire process is extremely simple, streamlined, and provides hotels and other businesses with an amazing professional service at a consistent and affordable price. Our clients are literally getting the best of quality, speed, and price when they choose RTV!

Professional Photographers are still needed in some areas throughout the USA.  Setup your RTV account today:

RTV will be attending the Motel 6 convention in Hawaii this September which will expose RTV to SEVERAL HUNDRED additional Motel 6 hotel owners. RTV photographers can expect many more orders to come through the system by these franchise owners throughout the end of this year and into 2015.

Those of you that would like to receive jobs from the Motel 6 initiative, as well as other major national accounts that RTV is currently working with, are encouraged to make sure that you are currently a part of our network and up to speed with our new 2014 Tour Track guidelines and policies.  Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our brand.

By joining our team of professional photographers, you will receive Tour Track jobs from our contracted national accounts (OVER 80 National Accounts), get leads from our unstoppable SEO efforts, and love using the world’s best virtual tour software to reach customers in your area.

If you are already creating virtual tours and have a large customer base, one of our Transition Coordinators will help you move your clients over to RTV for you at no charge. Visit our virtual tour gallery today and take the RTV system for a spin: 


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New RTV Photography Director & Tour Track Policy Changes

In April of 2014 RTV recruited Elizabeth Tiffany (Liz) as RTV's new photography director. Liz comes to RTV with a professional photography degree and seven years of experience in sales and business management.  Over the last several months Liz has been overhauling and reorganizing the Fusion Tour Track system to handle thousands of orders a month versus hundreds of orders.  This includes the rewriting of all photographer instructions and style guides for each RTV national account in a much more logical manner, developing RTV's new upper tier professional photography program, and implementing new Tour Track guidelines and policies.

As you can imagine this has been an incredible undertaking for Liz and the entire Tour Track team. These are all vital steps that Liz and her team are taking to make things easier and more efficient for our virtual tour photographers and national accounts.

The following are a few things that you will notice right away and should be aware of as new Tour Track jobs are assigned to you:

First of all you will notice that Tour Track instructions are broken down on a per-package basis and can be found under the "View Notes" section of your order.  Please make sure you check here for your updated instructions.

Next you will see in your instructions that we have increased mileage payouts to .56 / Mile. If you require mileage in order to accept an order YOU MUST ASK FOR IT PRIOR TO ACCEPTING THE ORDER. Mileage will NOT be paid out unless you ask for it BEFORE accepting the order.  The RTV Tour Track team will always strive to choose virtual tour providers that do not require mileage and qualify for the shoot over those who qualify and ask for mileage so make sure you're staying competitive, or jobs will pass you by.

RTV has made a new policy that will give you TWO (2) attempts to successfully complete a Tour Track job.  If you do not successfully complete the job after two attempts RTV will appoint another photographer and you will not receive payment for that job. You will notice too that the Tour Track team will be doing a MUCH better job detailing out comments as you complete each job.  Training classes will be given to those that need extra help by RTV's on staff photography trainer.

Effective immediately, you will begin to notice slightly higher payouts on some accounts. As RTV's Tour Track  contracts expire, the National Sales department will begin stepping clients into higher priced virtual tour and photography packages. Higher payout of course comes with more expectations from our photographers such as an increased image quality, a mandate on bracketed shots, no window blowout, and making sure all Tour Track instructions are carefully followed.
On that note, we will be announcing a fee schedule that will be included in our Tour Track Guidelines PDF.  This is a fee schedule that RTV will use to charge back to photographers should they not follow Tour Track instructions. Often when Tour Track instructions are not followed, RTV must put in extra time and effort to properly complete the job. Fees will be charged on a variety of items including, but not limited to, naming images, having to rebuild a virtual tour, image stitching, HDR processing, organizing photos, and fixing overexposed windows.  Please keep an eye out for the fee schedule in our up and coming Tour Track Guidelines PDF.

Finally, and most importantly, Liz and the Tour Track team would like you to take this opportunity to update your Tour Track section in the  Pay close attention to each switch on the Tour Track profile.  Be honest, and only choose the switches that apply to your abilities and hardware.  Please pay special attention to the mileage section.  The mileage here indicates the round trip distance that you are willing to travel before you would charge for mileage.  This section gives RTV a good idea as to how far we can send you.  Remember that whenever possible RTV will use the closest qualified virtual tour provider as to avoid paying out mileage. When mileage is continually paid out in an area, that area becomes a HOLE in the RTV network. That's when we begin looking for a provider to cover an area.

Don't forget to update your virtual tour gallery within your Fusion virtual tour software system!  Your virtual tour gallery posted on your tour track setup page is our only way of knowing what you're capable of.  Below are a couple of sample virtual tour gallery tours that you can use as a model to create your own.  Once your gallery tour has been completed you can use a virtual tour credit and make the tour active for marketing purposes, or you're free to leave the gallery tour inactive and simply used as a Tour Track Gallery Tour.

Thank you for your continued support!


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fusion 2.0 is Coming Soon - RTV Virtual Tour Software

RTV is soon to launch the second version of our powerful Fusion virtual tour software system.  The new system will have the same look and feel, the same layouts, and the same features that you have come to love, but will be built on a stronger and even faster platform.

The newly improved system is being built with server to server efficiency, unlimited growth potential, and extreme stability in mind.  Any feature that is currently not working as perfectly as it was intended to during Phase One and Two of our launch, will be improved once the new system is taken live.  Since October of 2013, we have been working on laying these new pieces of Fusion into place. 

Once the new virtual tour system is fully integrated, RTV will begin coding Phase Three of our Fusion development plan. Get ready virtual tour providers!!  The current system has been unbelievably successful. This Summer we have seen our customers literally double or triple their virtual tour and photography business using the Fusion platform.   We feel confident that the new system will deliver the same results, and insure sustainable growth for thousands of virtual tour providers and professional photographers worldwide.  

Phase Three of our development plan will include several new features, new templates and layouts to choose from, improved workflow, and the implementation of several new ideas and suggestions that we have acquired from our top producing virtual tour providers during private webinar sessions held throughout the long winter.

Since 1999 RTV has released five versions of our virtual tour software. We’ve brought on and trained thousands of professional photographers.  We continue to add new national accounts to feed the network every month, and we’re showing no signs of slowing down.  As mentioned during our 2014 Virtual Tour Provider Convention, we have incredible ‘momentum’ right now. RTV has always, and will continue to remain committed to you, our loyal followers, to keep our virtual tour technology at the forefront of the industry. We will never slow down.  Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our brand. 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

The IMAGE 52 – RTV 2014 Convention Recap

If you missed the 2014 RTV Virtual Tour Provider Convention this year make sure you attend this webinar! The theme for the 2014 RTV Convention was MOMENTUM and let me tell you that is exactly what we experienced.

Jason LaVanture, Vice President of RTV, Inc. and the MOMENTUM behind RTV, shared information about all the new up and coming opportunities for RTV virtual tour providers with new National Photography Service Accounts.

We will recap this information to make sure that you have the 411 on all the great new opportunities that will be available to you as an RTV Tour Provider.The RTV Convention offers classes focused exclusively on the Virtual Tour industry to help you with training you can't get anywhere else on topics that will help you grow your virtual tour business.

Some of the classes this year presented some additional services you could use to increase your revenue. It is these additional services that we will focus on for the remainder of this webinar. For each of these additional services that were presented at the convention we will cover best practices for adding these services, tips and tricks to save you time and/or money, and how to be efficient with these additional services.

The bottom line is we will give you the information you need to plan ahead for new business opportunities from RTV and additional services that will help you make more money with your virtual tour business.

Join me, Ben Knorr, your IMAGE webinar host, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 for the IMAGE 53 - Convention Recap. You won't want to miss it!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Big Things To Come From RTV!

Good afternoon team RTV! We at RTV virtual tour software company sincerely hope you’re having a wonderful summer so far.  By the looks of the vast amounts of virtual tour productions coming through the system we know you're all certainly very busy. While it has been awhile since our last update to you, please rest assured that we’ve been very busy on several fronts. 

Since the 2014 virtual tour provider convention in April, we’ve been reorganizing, staffing up, moving into a larger office location, starting to wrap up the reprogramming of the Fusion system, and finally, we’ve been getting things ramped up to take RTV to the next level.

Over the next two weeks we will be sending you a series of important messages regarding the important updates and changes we’ve been making.  We HIGHLY recommend that you read these messages as they come in, as they will contain several months’ worth of important updates.

Please be on the lookout for updates on the following topics:

•    RTV appoints new Photography Director, Elizabeth Tiffany

•    Introducing New RTV team members

•    RTV wins 500+ Hotel Tour Track contract

•    Fusion 2.0 system rewrite to be deployed late August early September

•    RTV implements new Tour Track photography standards

•    RTV working with Google to help photograph several thousand hotels

•    New Tour Track guidelines and policies

•    RTV to launch ‘Upper Tier’ Tour Track program

•    2014 Virtual Tour Provider Convention Recap & 2015 Orlando Convention

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our product line!  Again please stay tuned for these updates as they begin hitting your inbox early next week.



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to Take Great Panoramic Shots

Panoramic images can really enhance your still photo tours or interactive virtual tours—and of course, the better the shot, the better the finished virtual tour. There are actually several ways you can take panoramic pictures. You may have the RTV virtual tour software system with Panohead and photo stitching software, you may have a camera with panoramic mode, or a ball attachment that lets you take 360-degree shots.

Whatever type of camera or method you use, here’s how to take terrific panoramic shots. You’ll need a tripod, a camera with panoramic mode or manual mode, and a regular (not wide-angle) lens—since wide angles create distortion at the edges of a photo.

Choose a time and place without motion
For the best results with panoramic photos, take pictures of the property or business at a time when there isn’t likely to be a lot of motion. Moving people, cars, and even trees blowing in the wind can be problematic for panoramic images, because movement creates blurring and places objects in different spots for subsequent pictures.

Setting up for the job
Use a level surface to mount your tripod, which should be sturdy enough so that it won’t be bumped or moved by the wind, or by you as you’re photographing. If you're in deep carpet take care not to step too close to the tripod legs. Begin taking your photos from left to right if you're using a panohead and if you're using an internal stitcher in your camera be sure to set the camera to panoramic mode. 

Once the camera is positioned, use a leveling tool to ensure that it’s perfectly horizontal. You can use an actual level, or download a free level app for your smartphone.

Taking the pictures
Snap the first shot from the camera’s position, and then move the camera smoothly to the next part of the scene using the tripod handle or panohead. Take care to avoid bumping or jostling the camera or tripod. If you are using panoramic mode on your camera be sure to go slowly and take pictures with some overlap between each shot. This not only keeps you from leaving out part of the scene, but also helps to prevent the distortion that can occur around the edges of the photos. If you're not using a rotator or panohead, begin each new shot with about 1/3 of the previous scene included.  If you are using a panohead simply take one photo at every click of the head to assure perfect accuracy. 

Completing your panoramic image
With panoramic mode, you won’t need to make any more adjustments—but you may want to take a second or third series of shots, so you can choose the best group for use in your virtual tour.
For regular images, you’ll need a software program that lets you stitch them together in a panorama, such as RTV’s Fusion HD+ or FusionMax X3. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to learn more about this powerful virtual tour creation software.

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