Guide to Creating Virtual Tours

Most have seen a virtual tour of a home for sale on the Internet with panoramic (360 degree) views, allowing property seekers the ability to look at a room as if they were actually standing in the middle of it.

However, did you know that it is really quite easy to create a panoramic / 360-degree / virtual tour? It’s true! All you need is a digital camera and a computer with a high-speed internet connection.  Plus, if you are a UniqueHomeSite.com user, you can easily post your virtual tours on the web.

Whether you are a FSBO (For Sale By Owner) or a real estate agent, you have the tools to create a virtual tour yourself, or for others ;-).

Just follow these simple steps:

Step 1 – Stand in the middle of the room and take individual pictures, overlapping each one by about 20% until you have rotated a complete 360 degrees.

Tip: Make sure the room is brightly lit.

Step 2 – Download and install the freely available photo ‘stitching’ program called AutoStitch. (A great software developed by Matthew Brown and David Lowe at the University of British Columbia)

Step 3 – Launch AutoStitch and select File / Open. Select all photos from Step 1 and  click Open.
Tip: Select Edit/Options and adjust the Width of the Output Size to 3000 and the Scale to 50%.

Step 4 –  Crop the resulting photo using your preferred photo editing software so that the left-hand side of the photo starts where the right-hand side ends.

Step 5 – Upload the panoramic photo to your UniqueHomeSite Property Editor. 

Thats it!

Click here to see a 360 degree panoramic scene that I created within one hour. It takes some practice, but costs nothing to try. Good luck! 

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One Response to Guide to Creating Virtual Tours

  1. Arp says:

    Great advice…I am a freelance web designer and now I can easily create virtual panoramas for my clients. Thanks!

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