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By Barrett Powell | Broker in Cary, NC

Use Microsoft Photosynth To Create Your Own Virtual Tours.

A few months ago I stumbled upon this new technology out of the Microsoft Live Labs called Photosynth.  Now I have had photo stitching software technology before to do my own virtual tours.  Anyone remember the now defunct PixMaker from PixAround?

But Microsoft is on to something here.  I mean the tehcnology is too easy to use and it creates some very interesting results from just a few photos.  Check out one of my properties I just shot at this link: 

http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=31d2bd71-5459-41d8-ac2f-f9c4b4882718&m=false&i=0:0:2&c=-2.86807:0.487276:-0.149891&z=634.793111364547&d=2.25103601356661:-2.43026286225491:-2.52410909914677&p=0:0

Basically all I did was go out and walk a big circle around the house shooting a photo every few feet.  But instead of just shooting in a perfect line, I just threw the photos together, sometimes walking up and taking a closer photo of the rock work or the wrap around porches.  The system figured out how to place the photo in my "synth" so that it flowed in with the other photos.  The resulting 3-D effect once you have gone completely around the house in the tour is really stunning.

To understand how to take photos for Photosynth, go here:

http://photosynth.net/howtosynth.aspx

Like I said, I am truly amazed at how this technology works.  And Microsoft is making it free.  In fact you get 20GB of space to use for your "synths".  The technology works equally well shooting inside of the property.  You just stand in a corner and shoot while sweeping the camera from one of the oposite corners to the next.  Then you can stand in the middle of the wall and do the same for additional perspectives.

So give it try.  You have nothing to loose except more exposure for your listings.

Comments

By Lori Jeltema,  Fri Jun 19 2009, 12:32
Barrett, how and where are you posting your visual tours. The one I use feeds automatically to so many sites, do you make yours and load them to the sites yourself? thanks
By Voices Member,  Sun Feb 7 2010, 11:46
Electronic memory is something that I seemingly will never have enough of. It's as if megabytes and gigabytes have become an inseparable part of my every day existence. Ever since I bought a Micro SD Card for my NDS flash card, I've been constantly vigilant for large memory at cheap prices. It's driving me absolutely nuts.(Submitted on Nintendo DS running R4 SDHC NetServ)

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