Building a captivating virtual tour may seem daunting, but with TourBuilder Go, the process becomes a breeze. Designed for ease of use, the TourBuilder Go App allows anyone to create seamless and visually appealing virtual tours. In this blog post, we’ll share valuable tips to ensure your 360-degree virtual tours turn out their best, especially when using the TourBuilder Go Kit for on-site leasing teams in multifamily communities.
Before You Begin
1. Charge Your Kit
Before heading to your shoot location, ensure your phone, camera, and extended power bank are fully charged. Planning ahead guarantees ample capture time, with the Ricoh Theta camera providing around 3-4 hours and the extended battery bank offering up to 10 hours.
2. Plan Your Shots
Create a list of rooms or areas to capture.
Plan a pathway to guide you through the shoot, preventing mid-capture guesswork.
3. Do a Thorough Walkthrough
Before capturing, ensure the space is well-prepared:
Lights are on, and bulbs are working.
Windows, carpets, and mirrors are cleaned.
Furniture and items are neatly arranged.
Spaces are decluttered and organized.
When You Are Ready to Start Capturing
1. Phone and Camera Alignment
Align the Ricoh camera screen with your phone’s screen when setting up your tripod. This alignment ensures accurate framing for each shot.
2. Maintain Compass Direction
Keep the tripod facing the same direction for consistency throughout the tour. This helps TourBuilder Go use GPS data accurately and maintain arrow placement in the finished tour.
3. Consistent Distance Between Panos
Capture a panorama every 3-4 feet to ensure clear walking paths and maintain line-of-sight. Extend the distance to 6-8 feet for hallways.
4. Line of Sight
Ensure scenes connect seamlessly:
Capture a photo just outside the doors to link scenes.
Position the tripod to maintain visibility between capture points.
Envision a walking path to navigate around obstructions.
5. Avoid Reflective Surfaces
To eliminate reflections, capture panos strategically:
Capture scenes outside bathroom entrances.
Avoid capturing in front of reflective surfaces like mirrors.
Following these tips ensures that TourBuilder Go auto-builds your virtual tour seamlessly, resulting in a professional and visually appealing presentation. Utilize the entire TourBuilder Go Kit for consistency and empower on-site leasing teams to create engaging virtual tours effortlessly. Happy capturing!
ABOUT LCP MEDIA
LCP Media (Lights Camera Pixels) is a national visual media technology company based in Chicago. We provide a full menu of services, including virtual tours, professional and drone photography, 3D renderings, video animations, virtual staging, and floor plans. LCP Media is an innovative leader in creating unforgettable virtual real estate experiences by combining unrivaled technology solutions with our unparalleled customer service.
Simply put, we deliver an unreal experience from start to finish. So real, it’s Unreal! For more information, please visit LCPMedia.com.