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New to VR with so many questions but will start with 2

Hello -

My wife and I are very new to the world of panoramic photography / virtual tour photography but are having a blast so far. We have so many questions and, like anything else, we know that some things just come with time.

That being said, I have a few questions that I would like to pose to those of you who are more experienced.

The first being:

Is it necessary to pay for hosting to an entity such as Real Tour Vision or Voyager International or anyone else for that matter?

Second:
What software is used to create tours like the absolutely awesome ones found at http://www.regal360.com/ and bayareavr.com ?

These guys are amazing.

Thanks in advance for any assistance!

Ted

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Re: New to VR with so many questions but will start with 2

I dont know nothing about Real Tour or Voyager International.

The easiest way to host your panoramas would be http://www.360cities.net

The samples at regal360 are done with Flash Panorama Player a XML based flash player. Same results can be achieved with a GUI application like Pano2VR http://gardengnomesoftware.com/pano2vr.php

You a welcome to ask more questions and become a member of IVRPA

Willy Kaemena

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Re: New to VR with so many questions but will start with 2

Ted
Real Tour Vision and Voyager International are real estate virtual tour hosting and distributing companies.

There's no reason you have to have them host your images

Are you shooting real estate tours?

Douglas Aurand
Albuquerque, NM

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Re: New to VR with so many questions but will start with 2

Doug -

Thanks. Yes we're beginning to shoot real estate tours to get our feet wet. So far it's been a lot of fun. Between RTV and Voyager, Voyager wins hands down. However, when I look at tours like the ones found on regal360.com and bayareavr.com I am blown away and aspire to do it like they do it. So far it looks like what they might use is krpano? I try playing around with a demo of that and it seems really complex .

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Re: New to VR with so many questions but will start with 2

Ted
I suspect the process you're using is;
1. you shoot
2. you may stitch
3. you upload, selecting a tour template from Voyager or whoever

I used to do the same, but PicturePath only has one template

Now I make my own images and the tour too, like this one made with Easypano Tourweaver;

www.vabq.com/9705DesertMountainNE/TourWeaver_9705DesertMountainNE.html

I host it on a server I pay for space on and provide the link to the local MLS system and Realtor.com through PicturePath

The guy who owns Regal360.com makes his own tours and hosts them similarly

Douglas Aurand
Albuquerque, NM

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Re: New to VR with so many questions but will start with 2

So far that is correct. I have never purchased a home and I have no idea what MLS is. (should I be embarrassed to say that? )
So far Voyager's interface has been far superior to what I've seen in regard to "tour providers". It appears to be based on krpano.

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Re: New to VR with so many questions but will start with 2

Ted
MLS stands for "Multiple Listing Service".

In most larger cities, some time regions, Realtors set one up where all the member real estate companies share their listings and offer part of the commission if an agent from another company brings a buyer

You can buy krpano and make you own tours, host them yourself and provide the link to the agent who can add it to the listing in MLS. Some MLSs will allow photographers limited access to add photos & tour links on behalf of the agent

Through Homestore.com/Move.com, you can get approved to add your link to the listing on Realtor.com directly for the agetn too

Douglas Aurand
Albuquerque, NM

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Re: New to VR with so many questions but will start with 2

Thanks Doug!

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Re: New to VR with so many questions but will start with 2

HI
Im also new to VR,, just wondered how you were getting on??
Rob

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Re: New to VR with so many questions but will start with 2

Doug! I'm really pleased that you chose to sign up with RTV a few weeks ago and I'm also happy to see so many systems out there making leaps and bounds in technology. I actually had the pleasure of taking a peek at the new RTV system today and can't wait for everyone to check it out. It will certainly take to the forefront of the virtual tour industry. I actually owe you a phone call and we'll chat real soon. For anyone looking at RTV...here's a great video I just made: http://www.realtourvision.com/search_new.php

Yours sincerely,

Jason

Jason LaVanture
http://www.realtourvision.com/vr-software.html
866-947-8687 Ext 4
Jason@RealTourVision.com

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