Video: Matter Hacks | Matterport Tripod Setup | Video courtesy of Actionable Insights | 12 January 2021

Hi All,

Manfrotto 190X Aluminum 3-Section Tripod (MT190X3) via Amazon
Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum 4-Section Tripod (Why Dan Smigrod Recommends this 4-section tripod instead of the 3-section tripod.)

Which tripod do you use with your Matterport Pro2 3D Camera and why are you happy with it?



Transcript (video above)

First things first, we've got to set up the camera, and it all starts with this tripod here. Let's talk about the best practices when setting up a tripod in the field and property insurance. Whatley, what do you have in mind for some of our best practices?

Well, it seems ticky-tacky. Why you would be so concerned about how you set up a tripod?

But we're really trying to establish consistency.

If we're capturing this stuff in a very consistent manner, the digital assets are just going to be more valuable to you as a contractor or a staff adjuster.

In that vein, when you guys are setting this Manfrotto 190X which is broadly regarded as the gold standard for tripods, when using a Matterport pro series camera just drop the larger of the two legs. That does a couple things for you.

These legs because of the weight, the larger leg, it allows it to go up and down easier with gravity just as you saw there. In addition to that, it's just not as fragile as the thinner leg down here that we so rarely use.

If you were to set up this tripod one set of legs, the upper set the entire time, and you set this camera down you'll end up at about 4 feet high. Now, if you've seen Matterport at a conference or you've seen it in real estate, you'll see that often these tripods have both sets of legs extended. As a result, the camera ends up at 6 feet.

Now, in real estate you want a 6-foot high scan because you want a potential homeowner to see what the property would look like at eye level. But in property insurance most of the action when you have fires and floods is actually on the floor, in the baseboards.

That's where everything's dropping down to. We actually would recommend only setting up the one set of legs because you'll end up at about 4 feet. 4 feet is the preferred height for scanning in property insurance because you're going to be able to capture what contractors and insurance carriers need to settle the claim.

One note about this Manfrotto, we've experimented with the carbon fiber version and the aluminum. But the Manfrotto 190X Aluminum seems to do a great job, and it's about half the price of the carbon fiber one. I'll just go with the aluminum one if I had a choice.

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