No. I started with drones, but have evolved into much more. Drones are still a valuable tool, and they are used in creating virtual tours when required, but the main tool used for capturing virtual tours is a professional grade DSLR camera.
B-8 Drone provides full coverage of any area – inside, outside, and, when required, from the air.
Absolutely. All tours are custom designed for a unique look. Custom branding with the client logo, information and colors is always included at no extra fee.
Yes. Areas covered by the virtual tour do not need to be continuous or line-of-sight. Widely separated areas can be connected in a single tour.
There are a variety of navigation methods which we employ depending on the situation. Interactive hotspots allow the viewer to naturally move to a new line-of-sight location. Thumbnail lists of panoramas allow the viewer to jump directly to the desired location. Drop-down lists with verbal location descriptions also allow the viewer to go directly to a new location. Interactive floor plans showing panorama locations and viewing direction can also be incorporated.
B-8 Drone will host the tour for you for a minimum of 5 years at no additional cost. Tours are hosted on Amazon Web Services servers providing fast, reliable access.
If you want to host the tour yourself, B-8 Drone will supply all files necessary.
Tours can be downloaded to view off-line on either a Mac or PC. They are not dependent on access to any proprietary software or systems.
No, B-8 Drone does not supply this 3D view.
B-8 Drone does not normally generate and provide floor plans. However, if a floor plan exists, it can be included in the tour and used as an active navigation guide.
B-8 Drone has graphic capabilities and can manually create a floor plan for an additional fee.
Yes. Unwanted artifacts like shadows and reflections of the camera equipment are an unavoidable issue when capturing 360 degree images. B-8 Drone edits individual images as required to correct these artifacts.
We either edit the tripod out of the image, or we cover the tripod with an image that provides additional information, branding or advertising for the client.
The tripod area can simply be blurred, but this looks unprofessional and is not offered by B-8 Drone.
The optimum shooting condition for static 360 degree panoramas is without people. However, a small number of people can be included in the tour panoramas. The issue is motion causing blur or stitching errors when combining multiple images to create the 360 degree panorama.
Note that any individuals included in the panoramas will need to sign a model release that authorizes use of their image.
Yes. Instead of a static 360 degree panorama, we can shoot interactive 360 dergee video to capture all the action. The 360 degree video can be used in your tour the same way a static 360 degree panorama is used.
Yes, B-8 Drone can supply aerial panoramas ranging from a few feet in height for an expanded view to several hundred feet showing extremely large areas.
Yes, B-8 Drone has broad capability to supply many forms of media and include them in your tour. In addition to standard panoramas our capabilities include:
We are a full-service provider.
Prior to the beginning of the panorama shoot, it is the responsibility of the client to ensure the property is clean, staged and photo-ready.
Photo-ready means that the property is ready to be photographed without additional work. B-8 Drone is happy to make recommendations, but what constitutes photo-ready for any particular property is up to the client based on how they want the property to look in the virtual tour.
No. Due to the nature of shooting 360 degree panoramas, all panoramas are shot using a single camera on a tripod and the existing ambient light. Only a camera and tripod are moved through the property.
The time depends on the number of panoramas and whether the shoot includes additional media, such as standard photographs and video. However, a basic tour of 6-8 panoramas without extra media should take less than an hour. Longer tours of 10-15 panoramas generally take less than 1-1/2 hours. Because shooting panoramas does not require elaborate lighting set-ups or extra equipment, the shoot moves quickly.