A traditional virtual tour offered through the local association of Realtors® isn’t really virtual or 3-Dimensional (3D). It’s merely a gallery of stationary 2D photos made to look panoramic zooming into, across or out of the photo. This style of Virtual Tours were common in the 2003-2006 boom when panoramic photos became popular. The art came from stitching together multiple images that could allow the viewer to slowly pan across a single large image to view an entire room. Although techniques vary, most virtual tours don’t allow the viewer to freely move around within the space they are examining.
At most, traditional real estate virtual tours offer about a dozen individual locations to view a home or office using a slide show of images from the photo gallery. Many agents will use cellphones or a point and shoot camera to catch these images. Professional photographers tend to use DSLR cameras to capture multiple photos, stitch them together to form a 360 panorama which is then viewed from a player embedded onto a website.
CMD Imagery offers 3D digital twins, allowing the viewer to explore the space in up to 200 locations that are seamlessly stitched together as photo spheres. We here at CMD Imagery use a high-tech Matterport 360 scanner which has multiple lenses and sensors to not only capture photos, but also to create a spatially accurate 3D model of the property in its current state. That floor plan is then rendered into a dynamic 3D model for Virtual Reality and a 3D “Dollhouse” type view.
Once the 3D models are available, they can be explored online or even with a virtual reality headset. our 3D models also can show a “Floor Plan View” as well as a “Dollhouse View” to allow the viewer to conceptualize the entire space or view each level of the building in “Floor Plan View” or “Dollhouse View"
3D tour of the interior space only – sunlight reacts badly with the infrared on the camera scanners.
IT TYPICALLY TAKES 1HR FOR EVERY 1,000 SQUARE FEET. EACH INDIVIDUAL SCAN TAKES ABOUT 1 MINUTE AND SOME HOMES CAN USE UP TO 200 SCANS . A single 3D scan typically covers about 50 square feet (or 4.5 square meters) - it's important to note that this varies greatly depending on the layout of the site
You do not need to provide anything physical for me to make the virtual tour.
Everything is created digitally.
Please have the space in a condition suitable for scanning before our scheduled appointment. In order to get the most out of your tour, I highly recommend cleaning and staging the property like you would prior to showing your pickiest home buyer. You and I are creating a 24/7 Open House. Prep the house to show as you would for a live Open House. Homes I cannot access interior, will be subject to a $50 trip charge and a rescheduling for another date.
Please provide instructions in the appointment scheduling form on how to access the property along with gate or lockbox codes, or occupant contact information.
Our 3D camera uses High-Dynamic-Range Imaging (HDR) allowing the camera to adjust to changes in light so both light and dark areas can be captured at the same time. This means that a space is good for scanning even on cloudy days. As long as there is interior lighting, the finished project will look as good as a model created on a sunny day.
You are not required to be on site while I scan the property. The scanning process can be time consuming with a typical scan taking between 1-3 hours to complete.
The 3D digital twin uses, the most modern standard for 3D content viewed on the web. On desktop computers, Matterport is supported by the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. On mobile devices, Matterport is supported by Safari for iOS 8 and Chrome for Android. Firefox works as well. Loading times typically take longer on mobile devices. If you cannot view the Virtual Tour, please update your browser or try a different platform. Touchscreen navigating is the easiest way to view a 3D dollhouse tour. While you can always use a mouse on laptops and desktop computers, the navigation arrows may help your viewing experience as well.
Beyond being an exceptional way of capturing and sharing places that matter to you, digital twins have proven instrumental to different industries. Here are some examples:
For real estate, a digital twin in the form of a 3D virtual tour , helps agents earn more by selling properties faster and at a higher price. Matterport also helps win more listings as a powerful marketing tool.
For travel & hospitality, 3D tours increase bookings, drive higher occupancy rates, and increase engagement rates.
For architecture, engineering, and construction, digital twins streamline documentation and reduce costs and site visits with virtual collaboration in 3D scans of projects.
For insurance and restoration, digital twins are the fastest and most comprehensive loss documentation solution that helps close claims faster, enables remote viewing and adjusting, and reduces disputes in property claims.
For facilities management, digital twins are an efficient, effective way to survey existing buildings, manage maintenance and develop remodeling plans.
For public spaces, like museums and galleries, digital twins enable 24/7 access for visitors and help event planners to make better informed booking decisions by offering a fully immersive, fully detailed 3D vision of the perfect venue.
Hosting our digital twins require an enormous amount of data which is stored in a cloud server hosted by Matterport. The first 6 months or 1 year of hosting for your virtual tour is included in your original scan/tour pricing and is only $10/month per model annually (billed in 6 month increments) after that. You are free to cancel at anytime. Please note that 1 model = up to 99 scans. Larger houses may require 2 models at from 100 – 200 scans.
24-72Hours. I email you the links to the Showcase Webpage as soon as the digital twin is post-processed. I can also send you an embed code allowing you to embed the digital twin directly into your website.
Floor Plans (black and white, traditional floor plan rendering): 48 hours. I will email you a pdf versions of your floor plans.
Should you need to cancel, you must contact me at least 48 hours before the scheduled appointment time in order to avoid a $50trip charge. (This trip charge is also charged for properties not ready for a touring/scanning upon arrival.)
Here at CMD Imagery we have a 60 mile service area and anything outside of that 60 mile radius is subject to increased travel charges that may include all or the following, fuel, lodging, food.