|What's the difference between your
video tours and other virtual tours?
Video Tours are the hot new emerging
trend that picks up where "Virtual
Tours" left off. In a standard
Virtual Tour you generally see just
a static 360 degree distorted picture
of a room that simulates motion. You
know the ones. The ones where the
view spins around the room and the
walls and ceilings all look bent and
out of proportion.
Virtual Tours are all the rage these
days, except people don't naturally
spin like tops! When was the last
time you walked into a room, stood
in one place, and spun in a circle?
Common virtual tours are distorted,
usually blurry, and always unrealistic.
While certainly better than a still
picture, you have no choice as to
the content and often the images are
not flattering to the property. How
many rooms does a typical home have
that you would really want a 360 degree
view? What happens when there is a
construction site next door or that
not so beautiful house across the
street with a 1969 rusted Chevy Nova
on the front lawn?
Video Tours use full-motion video
and allow you to add smooth transitions,
titles and captions, soothing background
music, and prominent contact information
for your potential buyers.
Video Tours don't distort your property.
It flows naturally, just as if you
were in the room! It's just like watching
television! And all videos are edited
to show off only the best aspects
of the property. In some cases a physical
walkthrough is just not possible,
especially with long distance buyers,
so video tours are the next best thing.
How long should I make my videos?
Videos are usually 3-4 minutes long,
but you can make them any length you
wish to fully showcase the property.
Where can potential buyers view
my listing on the internet?
1 Our system gives you a unique
web address for this listing and you
can then promote this address just as you promote
any property. You can simply reference this
web address in your promotions, such
2 You can embed this video
on any existing web page by copying
and pasting the code we provide. See
the video on the examples
page for a demo of this feature.
3 You can upload your video
tour to popular consumer search sites,
such as Realtor.com
How long does it take to produce
a video tour?
Not long at all. You can film the
home in 10-15 minutes and have it
up on the web 30 minutes later. It
depends on how many bells and whistles
you want to add to it through our
What if some of my customers are
not very computer literate. Will they
have trouble viewing the videos?
Not at all. If they can point and
click "Play" they can view
a video tour.
Do viewers have to have high-speed
access to view the videos?
It helps, yes. However you can choose
to convert your videos at a different
setting for dial-up users which will
decrease the quality of the video,
but they can still watch it. It's
best with a high-speed connection.
Do I need outside programs and if so which ones work best with this?
No, you do not need any other software to create PlaceTour video tours. We give you everything you need, all you need is a camcorder and a PlaceTour account.
Will I receive the swf file or whatever file format for posting to my blog or will I have to use a link instead?
Yes, you can embed the video on any site or blog by simply copying and pasting the code we provide you.
See the video on the examples
page for a demo of this feature. And you can export to .wmv format for uploading to consumer search sites such as
Will clients have to log-in to view the tour on
the PlaceTour.com website?
No, they simply go to your blog, site,
Realtor.com listing, or PlaceTour.com listing and click play.
Do we get an unbranded version as well as branded?
You can choose any player style you like, none of them are branded with the PlaceTour logo.
Do you have referral resources in the event I am not able to shoot my own video from time to
is a great resource to help you locate
a videographer in your area should you
choose. Just have them run the
PlaceTour software when they are done
filming to create your listing. We
suggest having them watch the
PlaceTour Quick Start tutorial videos
(on DVD or CD) to familiarize them
with the system.