360-degree Virtual Tours

From £135

A 360-degree virtual tour, gives your potential customers a chance to look around your business using their PC or a smartphone, and, Google Maps Street View.


Drag the image to move around, click the arrows to move through the tour

How does it work

  1. We visit your business
  2. We take photos using our 360-degree camera.
  3. Back at our office, we check, and if necessary, edit the location of every image
  4. After uploading the images to Google Street View, we orientate and connect the images together
  5. After 24-48 hours, the virtual tour is available to anyone using Google Maps and Google Street View

Best practices

  1. It is best to visit your business when visitor numbers are low, as we’d want to take a photo with no-one else in the room
  2. Rooms should be well lit.
  3. Photos are taken with a camera on a tripod, and a remote (so we can get out of shot)
  4. Photos are taken 1-metre apart

Potential issues

  1. Your 360-degree virtual tour is hosted on Google Maps/Street View. It works.
  2. You can embed a Google tour on your own website (as you can see above)
  3. Google determine the initial orientation of any image people find via Google Maps/Street View. Currently this can not be changed, so it could be a view of a wall, or, if it is an outside shot, a photo of your competition!
  4. Our 360-deg images are about , with a full 360-deg field of view horizontally and  vertically. They are more than adequate for viewing scenes on a smartphone and typical PC. If you want people to be able to zoom in and read detail, the images may not be adequate.
  5. If you rotate an image and look downwards towards the nadir, you may see either (a) parts of the tripod stand, and/or the photographer (b) Our attempts to edit out the tripod/photographer (c) Our logo. This part of the imge may not be perfect.

Technical information

  1. Camera used: Ricoh Theta SC 360-deg camera which produces 14 megapixels (5376 x 2688) images
  2. In order to get the photos to connect properly, Google recommends that outside photos are taken about 3 metres apart, and inside photos about 1 metre apart. To estimate how many photos you need, pace out the route you want, and add 25 – 30%. For example, 30 steps plus a third is 40 photos. (And I know that 30% is not quite a third)
  3. A shoot takes about one minute per photo. It might take longer if there are lots of people around, it might be quicker if everything works correctly.
  4. I won’t do a shoot if it is raining, as (a) there will be raindrops on the lens that distort the images, and (b) your business won’t look as good as it could be
  5. Post editing of the images (I mainly use Adobe Photoshop) takes up to four times as much time again, and may include:
    1. Reducing the light level of overexposured highlights
    2. Boosting the light levels of shadows
    3. Tweaking the white, black, colours, and overall exposure
    4. Increasing the colour temperature for warmth
    5. Checking that the seams between the image from different lenses, have not produced a visible seam
    6. Checking and blurring out inappropriate imagery (eg. license plates, faces of the public, anything that may be considered offensive)
  6. Pano2VR software enables the creation of your virtual tour, including:
    1. Checking that the horizon of each image is levelled correctly
    2. Checking that the location of each image is correct
    3. Specifying links between image panoramas
    4. Associating your virtual tour with your business
    5. Optionally adding descriptive labels (eg. kitchen department)
    6. Optionally adding floor levels (eg. Ground floor, first floor)
    7. Uploading your virtual tour to Google Maps
  7. Once your tour has been uploaded to Google Maps, it typically takes 24-48 hours before your image appear, and a further 24 hours before the links start working. It has been known to take a few hours, or a week or so.
  8. After you have viewed your tour, I am happy to make some corrections (eg. a face that has not been blurred), but if a bottle of fizzy drinking accidentally gets into shot, I probably won’t remove it!
  9. I am not responsible for issues caused by Google, so if Google Maps or part of your tour becomes unavailable, we’ll just have to wait until it is fixed. I will of course investigate, and do my best to resolve such issues.
  10. If it doubt, ask!

Costs

Description Cost
360-deg virtual tour, up to 20 published images
Up to 30 minutes travelling each way
Checking and correcting your Google Maps listing
£135
Extra 10 images (360-deg, and regular photos) £50
Extra travelling time £20 per 30 minutes
Add your company logo to the nadir of each image £40

 

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