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Tips for Matterport Photographers Shooting Asteroom Virtual Tours12735

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Asteroom virtual tour created from this Matterport Digital Twin shot with a Matterport Pro1 3D Camera by We Get Around Atlanta. Images were lightly retouched by Asteroom (automatically included in workflow for WGAN Members). | 20 360 photo spheres were used to create this Asteroom tour


Tips for Matterport Photographers Shooting Asteroom Virtual Tours

Hi All,

When you shoot an Asteroom virtual tour:

1. Shoot just one 360 per room: ideally in the center of the room (unless it is an "L" shape room; then shoot two)
2. Shoot line-of-site so that the Asteroom AI can automatically construct the tour for you.
3. Note the height of the lens to the floor
4. If you do these three steps, the Asteroom 3D Dollhouse will look great (example above)
5. And, if you order Asteroom 2D schematic floor plans (optional extra), the floor plans will look great

Plus, when you follow the above shooting style, your shoot can be 15 minutes for up to 3,000 SQ FT, according to Asteroom.

Compare these two tours:

This Matterport tour has 73 scans and shot with a Matterport Pro1 3D Camera.
This Asteroom tour (above) has 20 scans (created from the same scans in the Matterport tour).

When you shoot Matterport, you do want to shoot multiple scans in rooms so that you get a great 3D Dollhouse. That said, when you shoot Asteroom, it's much easier and faster to shoot because of how the Asteroom 3D Dollhouse and Asteroom 2D schematic floor plans are created.

If you follow the tips (above) for shooting an Asteroom virtual tour, you will also save money (by keeping the 360s within the Asteroom Pay Per Tour Bundle (includes up to 30 360s) and you will get your tour processed faster by Asteroom.

Saving time and money! And, easy-peasy! Sounds good to me!

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Questions about shooting Asteroom tours?

Best,

Dan

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The only concern being for us Matterport Pro users is that we need to keep our Matterport cloud subscription to access the 360° Panos. That would mean having Asteroom in addition to a Matterport cloud, which could be excessive.
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@Virtual_Homey

Actually, with Asteroom, you have the option to either:

Asteroom Pay Per Tour Bundle (no subscription necessary; includes 6 months of hosting)
✓ Have an Asteroom Cloud account

At some point, I could imagine that you would want to:

✓ buy a Ricoh Theta Z1 camera (seamlessly integrates with the Asteroom App (iOS, Android)
✓ cancel your Matterport Cloud account

Do you have follow-up questions on the above?

Best,

Dan
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No, and I'll consider canceling my account but even if Asteroom is a competitor my clients request Matterport, so it won't be any time soon
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@Virtual_Homey

Sounds like Asteroom Pay Per Tour Bundle - no Asteroom subscription - would make the most "cents" for you

Dan
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@dansmigrod

please explain:

2. Shoot line-of-site so that the Asteroom AI can automatically construct the tour for you.

How does this work if you don't use the Paid option ($60), but the ones you upload and don't use the image enhancements etc.
I have not seen the option to auto link the images.
Am I missing something?
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@thereal360

Quote:
Originally Posted by thereal360
2. Shoot line-of-site so that the Asteroom AI can automatically construct the tour for you.


Think about the camera placement as hockey pucks that you can stand on.

Now, shoot your first shot and stand on the hockey puck. For your next shot, you need to be able to see the next hockey puck.

Then, when the viewer experiences your tour, they logically can see the next location to visit. Does this metaphor work for you.

About ...

Quote:
Originally Posted by thereal360
How does this work if you don't use the Paid option ($60), but the ones you upload and don't use the image enhancements etc.
I have not seen the option to auto link the images.
Am I missing something?


Asteroom has two pricing Options that BOTH include automatically linking - creating - the tour.

In the Asteroom Pay Per Tour Bundle, the bundle also includes image enhancement. In the Asteroom subscription, image enhancement is an optional extra.

As a WGAN Standard Member, you receive:

1. first Asteroom Pay Per Tour Bundle Free
2. free use of Asteroom Professional Subscription

Does that cover your questions above?

Best,

Dan
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Yeah, i understand line of sight

I did 2 tours... besides the free one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by DanSmigrod
Asteroom has two pricing Options that BOTH include automatically linking - creating - the tour.


I must be doing something wrong. I had to link mine myself.
How does the other option work... Is there a button I am missing?
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hi @thereal360,

If we process the dollhouse for you, we also do the hotspots. dollhouse processing is included in the $60 flat rate plan, but not in the standard hosting plan
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@EricTsai @DanSmigrod
Correct, that's how I understood it. But it sounds to me in the original post, that it (the software) does it automatically as a free option. Like part of the software. Part of any plan.

Quote:
Originally Posted by DanSmigrod
Asteroom has two pricing Options that BOTH include automatically linking - creating - the tour.


So this is not quite correct the way I read it... if I understand it correctly. It's only if you "add on the Dollhouse with the subscription plan" or "use the $60 option" (since that includes the dollhouse).
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You are correct @thereal360

with the dollhouse option we will add hotspots for you
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Quote:
Originally Posted by @EricTsai
You are correct @thereal360

with the dollhouse option we will add hotspots for you


@thereal360

For clarification Hotspots for Asteroom is the process of "linking the tour together" ... not annotation of the space.

Dan
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The majority of my clients are businesses rather than realtors. For example the majority are salons, nightclubs, and restaurants. The Matterport subscription levels and active models is a touchy subject for me right now, but I really like the pay per tour option with Asteroom. But by only having one "scan" or 360 photo per room doesn't really give the user (for my clientele anyway) an immersive experience to be able to navigate through the business. They're essentially just viewing a slideshow. For residential real estate I think it looks great because rooms are typically smaller and really only need one 360 view to see the entire thing. However when shooting an 8000 square ft nightclub with multiple levels and large wide open first floor, the actual "walk through tour" part is lacking. Is there an option (or anything in the works) with Asteroom to be able to add more scans so there's more of a "virtual tour" feel to it rather than essentially just clicking from slide to slide (room to room)?
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Hi

@GWastonImages

Thanks for the note and happpy to hear that you like the pay per tour option, which now includes the 2D floor plan with dimensions!

To answer your question - Asteroom does not give you the "walk through" feel that Matterport gives you. And you are right - in residential real estate the rooms are small enough that the walk through feel isn't as critical.

Unlike Matterport that tries to tap into every single vertical, Asteroom focuses on residential real estate. With the pay per tour option - you can use Asteroom when you shoot houses!
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