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3D Virtual Tours
A traditional virtual tour isn’t really virtual. It’s just a gallery of stationary panoramic photos. Although techniques vary, most traditional tours don’t allow the viewer to move around within the space. At the very most, traditional tours offer 10-15 individual locations to view the space. Traditional photographers use DSLR cameras to capture multiple photos which are then stitched together to form a panorama which is viewed from a player.
Our 3D virtual tours allow the viewer to explore the space in up to 200 locations that are seamlessly stitched together. We use high tech 3D cameras which have 12 cameras and sensors to not only capture photos but to create a polygon mesh. This mesh is rendered into a dynamic 3D model which can be explored online or even with a virtual reality headset such as an Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR.
We call our 3D virtual tour a 3D Showcase because it also includes the “Floor Plan View” and the “Dollhouse View” to allow the viewer to conceptualize the space. We like to think of it as a virtual tour on steroids!
On average, it takes about 45-60 minutes to scan 1,000 sq. ft., so a typical 2,000 sq. ft. home can be scanned in about 90 – 120 minutes.
For residential properties, approximately 10,000 sq. ft. is the maximum. The exact square footage will vary depending on the layout of the property and furniture.
For other spaces, this can be up to 15,000 sq. ft. depending on layout and specific details of the space. Please contact me for spaces exceeding 15,000 sq. ft. to determine if they are feasible.
Because the 3D camera uses HDR (high dynamic range) photography to balance dark and light areas of an image, no special lighting or lighting equipment is required. However, direct sunlight can interfere with data collection from the sensor, so we suggest avoiding direct sunlight when possible.
Our 3D Camera is designed for indoor use. Direct sunlight can interfere with data collection. However, scanning external spaces such as gardens and patios when there is no direct sunlight (such as at dawn or dusk) is possible.
Yes. These photos are in JPG format at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Photos will also be taken with a DSLR camera during the appointment.
No, the 3D Showcase captures the property as-is with no editing available. The 3D Showcase does create an .obj file that can be downloaded and provided free of charge to be used within CAD software.
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Billing & Delivery
Getting All Set Up
Please review our Pricing section within our Services page. For anything that is not a single family residence, please contact me for a quote.
Cash, check, or bank transfer is preferred. All major debit/credit cards will be accepted. We will accept payments in person or over the phone. Payment must be received prior to or at appointment for services to be rendered.
- 3D Showcase – up to 48 hours but typically will be delivered within 24 hours
- Floorplan – within 24 hours
- Personalized websites – within 48 hours
Columbia, MO is our primary area but we will also cover the following areas: mid-Missouri, St. Louis and Kansas City. Travel outside of a 30 mile radius from Columbia, MO will require a $25 trip charge.
The first 6 months of hosting is free and is only $10/month (charged on the 1st of the each month) or $99/year after that. If multiple 3D Showcases will be hosted, please contact me for a quote.
Showcase 3D is charged a hosting fee for each 3D Showcase that is created and active. You are free to cancel at any time.
Please call and/or email within 24 hours before the appointment to avoid a cancellation fee. For cancelling an existing 3D Showcase, please submit request via email. A prorated refund will be issued for the hosting fee based on the date of cancellation.
$25 for an appointment.
On the Cutting Edge
Our 3D Showcases use WebGL, the modern standard for 3D content on the web. On desktop computers, WebGL is supported by the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. On mobile devices, WebGL is supported by Safari for iOS 8 and Chrome for Android.
Instructions to enable WebGL within Firefox –
- Type about:config in Firefox’s address bar and make the following changes:
- To enable WebGL, set webgl.force-enabled to true.
Safari for Mac –
- Launch Safari, located at /Applications/Safari.
- Open Safari’s Preferences by selecting ‘Safari, Preferences’ from the menu.
- Click the ‘Advanced’ tab labeled.
- Place a check mark next to ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar.’
- Select ‘Develop, Enable WebGL’ from menu
To confirm that your browser supports WebGL, visit this webpage: https://get.webgl.org/
Embedding a model is very straightforward; it’s similar to embedding a YouTube video. Please contact your website administrator for assistance as Showcase 3D does not provide assistance for this, we only provide the embed code.
I can provide an industry-standard OBJ file free of charge, which will contain both the 3D mesh and textures.