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20 Questions Live: iGuide Camera System by Planitar

At 5 pm ET this Thursday (2 March 2017), I will ask 20 Questions Live with Planitar Co-Founder and CEO Kevin J. Klages ( @Kevin_iGuide )

This live chat will focus on how the iGuide Camera System and Platform compares to Matterport Camera and Platform.

If you are a professional photographer thinking about buying a 3D Tour camera/platform solution, this 20 Questions Live may help you decide which solution is right for you.

Thank you for tuning in for this live chat in the We Get Around Network Forum ( and asking questions, once I am done ... )

Best,

Dan

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Video: Planitar Co-Founder, CEO Planitar Kevin James Klages and Co-Founder, CTO Alexander Likholyot compare the Planitar Equipment Kit and iGuide viewing experience to Matterport.
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I do look forward to this....Ty Dan..
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Hi Kevin,

Thank you for joining us today for 20 Questions Live in the We Get Around Network Forum.

For our discussion today, let’s assume that:

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I am a success, professional real estate photographer and that I am thinking adding either the Matterport Camera/Platform or iGuide Camera System/Platform. I do not want to add both.

I am trying to understand the differences between Matterport and iGuide.

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Kevin, ready to get started?

Dan
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Hi Dan, I am ready and thank you for the opportunity to join you.
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Kevin..good to see you and nice to see you doing so well..
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@Integratedman Great to see you again, I hope you are well.
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Thanks for joining us and for saving your questions until I am done ...


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What equipment is included in an iGuide Camera System from Planitar?

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A purchase of the iGuide System from Planitar includes:

- Complete iGuide Camera
- System Battery & Charger
- DSLR Camera Battery & Charger
- 16GB USB Flash drive
- IMS-5 Carrying Case
- System & Software Training
- Sales & Marketing Support

Additional required items include:

- Tripod with Ball Head
- Smart Phone or Tablet Device (any Operating System)
- Computer for Processing
- Local & International Taxes
- Shipping Costs
- DSLR for producing High Resolution Images


Video: To learn more about the camera system visit: www.planitar.com
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Great. And, what is an iGuide? (And, what does an iGuide include?)

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We see iGuide as more than a virtual tour, it is a complete property documentation tool that will allow users to have a deep understanding of a property without being there.

Specific to our clients and users in real estate, iGuide includes:

- Property Floor Plans
- Property Details:
--> Room Measurements
--> Floor Area Calculations
- Interactive Property Tour
- Neighborhood Information
- Include your Photo Gallery
- Include your Video Link

Buyer Tools:

- Custom Measurement Tool
- Photo Capture Tool
- Printable Floor Plans

iGuide Marketing Tools:

- Social Media Sharing
- Custom Branding for Client
- Custom Professional Branding
- Flyer Creator Tools
- Tour Embedding Tools
- 1 Year Hosting

iGuide Report

Weekly iGuide Analytics
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Can you give us a link to an iGuide example and take us through each of the elements of an iGuide?

Do you have a video that you want to include to help illustrate too?

Dan
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This is a recent feature - https://youriguide.com/3_arndt_st_forde_act_au

From our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Planitar .. that we welcome and encourage anyone to like

Here is the iGuide introduction video that our Professionals share with clients who are using iGuide for the first time.
We encourage pro's to share this and cut down on service related calls.

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Thank you for being so organized. The iGuide embed makes it easy for Forum Members to compare the 'walk around' experience to Matterport for themselves.

How do you describe how the iGuide ‘walk around’ experience compare to Matterport?

Dan
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Matterport was designed for the walk around experience whereas we added the walk through experience to enhance the user experience for iGuide.

As a documentation tool first, our experience was designed for understanding first.

We provide hot spots on the floor plans so users can quickly move to spaces of interest.

We provide navigation control on the visuals so users can get a full 360 degree view of a space.

We introduced 'Walk-through' navigation for users who want to travel between neighboring camera positions.

When we designed the system, we found walk through to take too long when you wanted to quickly move to a specific space so we designed iGuide to address this primarily.
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Many say, Matterport has a WOW factor with its dollhouse view.

What's your take on the Matterport dollhouse view? It's not something that iGuide offers.

Dan
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It is a WOW factor, we quite like it here too!

However, we believe that when it comes to our role in the real estate search process, our purpose is less about the experience and more about the information we provide.

Searching for a home is a job and not always a fun one. Searchers want to see a space, qualify or disqualify it and either move on or dive deeper. They are less about the wow of the technology and focused on the wow of the home.

We rely on the great photography of our pro's to create the wow.

We are the steak, not the sizzle.
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Okay. Between the iGuide Camera System and the iGuide, there's a lot that I would like to dive in deeper.

Let's get started with ...

You mentioned the great photography. How does the photography compare of an iGuide and still images and a Matterport Spaces 3D Tour and the still images (snapShots) that can be created in Matterport Workshop?

Dan
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There are a number of elements to the iGuide system that enhance the quality of our visuals.

Our system is built on a DSLR frame that allows us to use a wide angle lens and large sensor.

Our system has enables HDR capture which improves the quality of the visuals.

We have also given our pro's control over some of the settings on-site and in post, such as white balance settings, sharpness, contrast and light conditions. This adds to the consistency and quality of our product.

The still photos that are produced with our system are great but many of our pro's still opt to capture their still images with their own DSLR.

There is a connection between photographers and their cameras so we are quite content being the tool for the tour, floor plans and dimensional data and a back up for photos or for documentation photos, missed on site.
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With Matterport, I can not edit the 3D Tour in Lightroom. Why is this possible with iGuide?

Dan
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We have loosened our control to give the Pro the ability to do this. Essentially creating a pause button in the data upload so they can grab the visuals, edit and continue.

There are many cases (like 4 walls of mirrors) that a Pro might want to edit themselves out or a property with precious art that they don't want shown. We wanted to give pro's the ability to make these adjustments.
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How much faster can you scan with the iGuide Camera System and why does this matter?

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Dan, we have a video that shows @Chris_iGuide (our iGuide Pro Trainer) shooting a 1,600 SF space in 11 minutes.



He is fast but we have many operators who have shot more properties than Chris at this point, and are much faster. I know of a team that is shooting 3,000 in under 25 minutes.

Why is this important....

This is important because we are working with pro's and their income is based on how many properties they can shoot. Income is directly tied to efficiency and we are the most efficient system for capturing a space.

Our Pro's shoot a lot of properties and we are always looking to help them get more efficient in and out of the property.
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Matterport offers 2D black and white floor plans. How do iGuide floor plans compare? Options?

You mentioned dimensional data earlier. Can you discuss this too?

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We look at Room Dimensions, Floor Area Calculations and Floor Plans as a mathematical problem.

We create the room dimensions, we calculate the area information and the floor plans are 'showing our work'.

You would be reluctant to place value on any one of the three without the others. The floor plans show the work and help users understand where the measurements and areas came from.

Floor Plan Delivery

We offer 2 types of Floor Plans with our different Standard and Premium iGuides.
The Standard Plan comes with a plan for the building with all the walls.





The Premium Floor Plan has additional detail such as the placement of fixtures and build-outs.



We find the Standard to be sufficient for a majority of the market and added the Premium for clients looking for the additional detail.
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And, for the potential buyer of a home looking at an iGuide, can you describe the iGuide measuring feature?

Dan
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Dan, the measurement functionality is presented in the iGuide video I included above, at 1 min 15 secs.

This is a very powerful tool at a few different points in the Home Buying process:

1. Home Shopping
Buyers and Prospective Buyers (or renters) can determine whether a space meets specific requirements (eg pool table).
It is convenient for buyers but more importantly agents who will often have to make trips to the home or bother the seller to get this important property information.

2. Closing Process
Buyers want constant access to their new property.
Buyer and Seller agents are inundated with calls, emails, walk-throughs and trips back to the house. It is time consuming, costly and disruptive to the sellers.
iGuide provides buyers with 24 hour access to the home.
Buyers can take the iGuide with them to the stores when shopping for furniture, appliances and fixtures.
Inspectors and Appraisers can use iGuide as a tool for reporting on the home.
If there are renovations through decorators or contractors, they can be given access to measurement tools that will also save time and cost.
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I noticed that Matterport broke MP2SQFT+ – a free third-party tool to easily and quickly (and free for Forum Members) to calculate square footage for invoicing by square feet (and meters).

With iGuide, how does a Pro calculate square feet (meters) for billing? How accurate?

And, the iGuide Camera System uses laser. Why does this matter for floor plans and measurements?

Dan
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Pro's calculate the properties area using the iGuide System. They do not need to have any previous floor plan experience. The System does the work.

When we send our Pro their iGuide Report, we include the Floor Area calculations for both:
- Interior Area
- Exterior Area




We are 99.6% confident in our measurements.
Accuracy is a word you really cannot use in property measurement as you cannot guarantee that walls are 100% straight from one end to the other. Therefore, the standard is to use 'Measurement Confidence'.
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The iGuide report can be sent to both the iGuide Pro and the real estate agent (to help the agent create the listing).

Where does the Pro get the total square footage (or meters) for billing?

Dan
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