I use circlepix tours. They send a professional photographer, the minimum package gives me 12 stills, & 5 or 6 360* virtuals, If you purchase in bulk of 6 you get a lot of extra's free plus a substantial savings.
Their pricing has changed so many of the items are ala cart. I do so many that I purchased the VIP membership. This gives me in addition to the min package 5% off my orders, aerial photography, free tour guide, free eTour, free print your own flyers, free video tour. They will post my tours on you tube and I get a web address for each tour.
I also have them print my color flyers and cd's of my tours. They have a really neat reporting program with stats of visits and where the visitors originated with the stats and graphs. I send the report to clients weekly. Clients like the report.
I think every extra avenue you take to present the house is an advantage and I don't believe for a second it could hurt. I do believe the facts are distribution trumps destination so putting the listing everywhere you possiible is an advantage to move that home for your clients. That coupled with the best presentation, decluttered and priced right it should be a win win situation. Here is a sample of a virtual tour I put together.
Heres a sample I created for a FSBO client.
At NAR, I got stopped by WellcomeMat and asked for an interview. Here's a link to the video that was featured there and on Sellsius.
Best of luck, George!
and also this one
http://www.Point2NLs.com (provides basic virtual tours within their package for free)
A true video walk through lets people see the WHOLE house, and how rooms relate to one another. Slideshow tours are generally the EXACT same photos that buyers have already seen - what is the point? Video tours that are created by putting a camera on a tripod and panning around a room are better than distorted, 'fun house' virtual tours, but not much better... you still can't see how the rooms connect/ relate. I even do videos of the communities I work with so people can see what the areas are like.
Even though my tours aren't perfect, my clients are delighted.
One of the things I do from time to time is copy the tour on to business-card sized CDs that I hand out during open houses, or to new clients etc. Although this type CD has been around for a while, some folks have never seen one, and find it to be unusual (hence, they may tend to keep it longer than a paper flyer). The cost of the CD could range from 25 - 50 cents depending on the supplier.
I give the seller several copies of the tour so that they can hand them out, too. It's a great way to advertise me, too!
Here's a link to my latest visual tour. http://www.visualtour.com/shownp.asp?T=1490770
What do you think?
If you are using a good video camera, one that operates well at low light (which should be a major portion of your decision when buying a video camera for tours), you will not have lighting issues and you'll be well on your way to producing good tours.
Always make sure you are presenting videos in Flash. It is by far the most penetrated format on the web (over 97% of internet users are flash-ready). Even windows media won't cut it. Plan to see flash(s) dominance grow even more.
Number of views per video:
Be careful with this game. Number of video views is important, but only within a context that makes sense . The land mine to dodge here is that a video view within a generalist video portal is worth far less than a view within the context of a real estate search. I'd take 100 video views from Craigslist over 100 video views on YouTube any day!
That said...being the source of local information, as it relates to your turf (your market area) is a huge factor in why people will hire an agent. In this case, I'd say get your content into any place that someone might search for this type of info!
The number one most important thing to understand is that video cannot simply be placed next to a virtual tour and compared from a pricing standpoint. The number one MOST common piece of feedback that we get from agents using video well (ie. hiring a pro to produce their content or mastering the art of video production themselves) is "I DO NOT lose listings over competing agents that don't use video."
Enjoy the quantum shift that is video. We are smack dab in the middle of a time not unlike when television hit the planet. Web video is changing this space forever.
More at http://www.virtuoo.com
Simple is best. I use a Nikon Coolpix 5600 digital camera to shoot my videos. Each one is no longer than 4 minutes. I've learned to use a simple three-part story for each video. I never show myself, though some do to great effect. There are some great tools for hosting and distribution. Have fun and be unafraid to be yourself.
Contact me directly and I'd be happy to share more with you.
My broker and I use virtual tours, but I think there is a positive and a negative to using them. The positive being that more people have the opportunity to view your listings at anytime, and it can help promote the listing in a great way. The negative being that sometimes virtual tours can make a room seem larger or smaller depending on the type of lense being used, and some homes just look better in person than on camera and can end up damaging a buyers perspective of what the place actually looks like.