How to use MATTERPORT with a One X or Z1

How to use MATTERPORT with a One X or Z1

Today I’m shooting a virtual
tour for a real paid client, and thought it’d be cool
to bring you guys along. I’ve also discovered an
awesome virtual tool software that I’m sure you’ve heard of. It’s called Matterport. And it used to be exclusive software only for those expensive
matterport cameras. But recently, they’ve
opened it up for other point and shoot 360 cameras, like the Insta360 ONE X and Theta Z1. So today I’ll be putting it to the test, on a real paid shoot. The client is F45 who
are a major gym chain here in Australia and I noticed
they had a Sydney branch, right around the corner from me. So I pitched them the idea
by email and they said yes. It’s only a small, one-room
business as you can see, but I think a virtual tour is just the kind of
marketing material they need. Because from browsing
through their Instagram, I had no idea what the
space actually looked like. It was hard to tell from all
of those fixed perspectives. So even though it’s a
physically small business, I want to help them display it
in the best light possible and help get more
customers through the door. And I know a virtual tour will be a great tool to help achieve that. – So F45, it’s functional fitness, it’s really effective from training. You come in 45 minutes session
everything’s set up for you. You come in the door, we’ll explain it, we’ll demonstrate everything, we’ll get you started with
a warm up to work out, you always get a different workout. – Okay, that’s the sound
of a shot being taken. Now let’s edit, and the first thing I
like about this workflow is when I was on set, I just hit the upload
button within the app and within the next few hours
it processed in the cloud, it sent me an email saying
it was ready and here we go. It’s F45 Mascot ready to edit. So now let’s take a look at the tour and the editing interface. So here we have it, we
can go explore 3D space, and straight away it’s connected
all the photos together into our virtual tour. That first viewpoint was really cool. That’s what we call a dollhouse, and yeah, it’s exactly like a dollhouse. So this gives you an awesome
3D bird’s eye view point of the entire space. So you can move around like this. It is very addictive,
I have to warn you now. This is without a doubt one of the selling points of Matterpot, is this unique viewpoint. It’s not the only software that can do it, but no question it does one
of the better renderings of the dollhouse. Now we just click to go back to the tour. So firstly up the top left here, we’re gonna switch from
viewing mode to editing mode, and this is it. This is the Matterport editor. I know you are probably thinking
something super complex, with hundreds of menus and
buttons and options, but no, it’s just what we’ve got on
the right hand side here. This is so easy to use that, I dare say, a complete beginner, could
become a master of Matterport within an hour or two. Down the bottom left, we
have our various viewpoints, so we’ve got the Dollhouse,
we’ve got View Mesh and View Floor Plan. The Floor Plan mode is a good way to get a sense of the space
so you can see exactly where you’ve taken your shot. And clearly, I’ve got too many here, so I need to get rid of some of these. The reason I took so many was so I could get more
detail within the 3D render. But I don’t want my viewers to be taking like 15 steps
around this location, I just want to give them
three or four options max. So what I’m gonna do is
hover over a view point and click Hide, and this now removes
these navigation points. I’m gonna get rid of a few more and now when I go back to preview mode, I’ve only got three options
for places I can move. Now going back to the editor, again, we can change our
view point at any point, let’s add a start location and I wanna start at the front door, front door’s here and I
wanna look into the gym from a zoomed out perspective. So I think this is good, I only click Set. When someone opens this
tour for the first time, It’ll start with the dollhouse, and then it will go into this perspective. Next under 3D scans, we have
a list of all their photos. So I have about 13 as you can see here, if I wanna see one at any point, I just click on it, and
it’ll take me to that scan. Next, you got an option
to take a screenshot, I don’t really see why you’d need this, but there you go, you’ve got it. If you want it, there’s a
tool here to measure things. So because it’s capturing a 3D mesh, it’s capturing depth information. So it knows exactly how far everything is
away from everything else. Next, are Mattertags. and these are essentially graphics or text that we can add within the
image to create hotspots, drawing the audience’s
attention to certain things. So say I wanna add one to this bike. I’ll go Add, and I’m gonna place it here. I’m gonna give it a
title, bike description. We can choose the color, and the stem. This refers to how far this point is gonna just stick it
out from that object. And when we get back into the viewer, when we hover over, there we go, we got information about what it is. Then as you move around the tour, you can still see it
there and hover over it. So now I’m going to add another one to the Free weights over here, but this time, I’m going
to add a link to a photo. Here’s a photo of some
weights I found on Google. Now when I hover over the hotspot, there we go, we’ve got a
title, a subtitle in our photo. The next one down on the right hand side is a highlight reel. And this is essentially going to the highlights to the space. So what are the best
bits of your location? you wanna add them here because this is going to be added to the carousel at the bottom that people will easily be able to click and navigate between. I’m going to start at these
weights and go Add View. Now I’m going to move over
to something else important like these bikes, Add View, and there its
added to the bottom. One more, let’s say these
exercise balls here, Add view. Now we have a carousel down the bottom you can add as many of these as you want. And not only are they simple highlights, where it takes you to the photo, it positions you the way
you want your viewers to be positioned. But you can also edit the transitions to then Auto play. So it will go from one photo
to the other to the other, and I think this is
going to blow your mind. So what I’m gonna do
is select Walkthrough, and make sure that on each transition, now you can see this little
man has confirmed it. Now I wanna get back to my first photo, let’s hit the Play button
and see what happens. So it automatically
moves between the photos, is when I prepared earlier. (upbeat music) Now find me on the right hand side, we have a VR icon and this is our VR path. So if people are looking
at this new headset, this is the path they can take. If I wanna exclude certain
hotspots, I can it’s easy, just Click them like that,
and click to re add them. At the top left, Matterport also offers
different kinds of media, so here are screenshots
that we took earlier. If you wanna access just one single photo, you can download these here
and save to your computer. Also, this one is quite cool. These are automatically generated videos, where it does an automatic animation that incorporates the dollhouse effect combined with the 360 photos. So it gives that really cool
3D aspect in a 13 second video, they are for ADP for some reason, so don’t set your hopes too high. Next, we can go to the Details tab, and add more information
about the business, that will be added to the virtual tour. So in the top left hand corner here, we want some info to pop up or put in their website
and contact details, or put in their residential
address and click Save. Now when we get back to
the tour in the top left, there we go, we have named the business, the contact and the address. We also have our viewpoints
down the bottom left, and we have our Carousel of highlights. This is essentially what
it’s going to look like, When they embed it on their website. So viewers will have all
of these options to click and navigate between
the various viewpoints that we’re offering
here through Matterport. So I’m happy with this. So I’m going to make this space Public. And you do that by
clicking this button here. And now if I wanna
share this to my client, I’ll click share, firstly, I’m gonna link, I can copy and paste in a new browser. And there it is, but also
we’ve got the embed code here. So here is their homepage. And what they’ll need to
do is add a Virtual Tour section here, that they
can then embed the code, and it will show up in
a window on the side. Now they do also give you the option to publish to Google Street View however, you will need to pay an extra $20 or so per tour to do that. So overall, my experience using
Matterport was a positive one. and I’m happy with the end result I got. The dollhouse feature
and automatic flythrough is definitely the main
unique selling point. Look, it’s not the only software that can do for a Photogrammetry
and 3D renders like this, but it does the best job of all the platforms I’ve used so far. So if showing your location
from this kind of perspective is something you see is adding
massive value to your tours, then you should definitely
consider Matterport. Now here are my top few pros and cons, after using it on my very first paid job. The first con, is that currently they
don’t offer manual uploads, which means you can’t edit your shots and you’re also stuck
using inbuilt HDR mode and can’t use raw or bracketing. I asked them about this and they said this
should be changing soon, which is why I see this is
more of a beginner software because beginners don’t care
as much about shooting manually with raw and bracketing
and doing lots of editing. A pro is definitely the awesome dollhouse and flythrough feature. These things are seriously cool and gave my tour a production quality that I never imagined I could ever get. This effect blows my mind no matter how many times I watch it. A con is that it’s iOS-only. So when shooting you’ll need
either an iPhone or an iPad. Again, this will probably change when they allow manual upload since you’ll be able to do it
through the desktop software, and not need a mobile app. A pro is, the app is actually really good Firstly, it’s one of the
only virtual tour software’s to actually have a mobile app. And secondly, the interface
and ease of use is really good. What I most liked about it, is that it fills in parts
of the map as you shoot and gives you live feedback. So you can instantly see
what areas of the location have been threading mat and which haven’t. A con is that the
software blurs the Nadir, I guess, since they don’t
yet allow manual editing. This is their solution for
getting rid of the tripod. Not great, but also not
entirely a deal breaker. A pro is that you can instantly connect and upload your tour before
even leaving the location. So it’s already processing in the cloud, While you’re on your way home. A con in my eyes is the pricing system. And while it’s very reasonable to start with just 9.99 a month, that allows you five
active tours and that’s it. You can’t have six or you have to upgrade to the next subscription
tier which is $69 a month and allows you 25, which kind of doesn’t make sense because if you started six
different accounts at 9.99 each, then you could get 30
tours for $60 a month. Anyway, to me matterport
is clearly targeted at the real estate market
where you might list a house, the house gets sold, then you unpublished the
tour to free up space, not ideal, but real estate listing seem to be the target
market for Matterport. And I’ve seen some really
stunning real estate examples that to me, make me wanna say, – shut up and take my money. – And if your focus is
solely shooting virtual tours for real estate, then I’d tell you, you should
seriously consider Matterport. Since it’s potentially the best platform for real estate virtual tours. For regular businesses like
this one where you want to host and keep your tours
hosted there permanently, It’s not necessarily the obvious choice, mostly because of the hosting issue. They seem to be updating
their overall business model on a regular basis, So hopefully we see some
improvements with the packaging. They do also have a free option where you can host one
single tour on the platform. So I definitely encourage
you to take them up on it. Even if it’s the only tour
you use with Matterport, Just say you can have some fun with some of the cool features
you saw in this video. And if you wanna get
started making virtual tours for your own paid clients, but don’t know where to get started, then today is your lucky day. All you need to do is go to the link below and check out my brand new
course of virtual tour pro. In it I’ll teach you all the
best tips, tricks and methods, you can use to get started immediately, with your very own virtual tour business. You’ll learn the exact strategies
I use to land my first, second, third, fourth, fifth,
10th and 20th paid client. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Right now there are tons of
businesses, just like F45, who have big marketing
budgets just sitting there, waiting to be spent on something. All you need to do is figure out how to get in front of
ideal clients like these and you can easily get paid for your virtual tours in no time. In the course you’ll learn how
to attract your own clients like this, then you get to
steal my entire 360 workflow for creating professional virtual tours with a point and shoot, 360
camera, like I used here. So if you’re ready to make the transition into doing what you love for Living, then click the link in the description and starting your own
professional 360 journey today. Alright, that’s it for today. Happy 360ing, and I’ll talk to you soon.

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  1. Is it possible to export data to be used in other programs, such as 3D model data into something bim related? It already generates a point cloud if it can measure.

  2. Looks great, whats your long term plan for more than 5 businesses who want to keep their tour active for a long time on your account? Thanks.

  3. Do you think the OneX is good enough to be used for professional virtual tours? Software like this makes me think i could learn how to do this with my one x and get started by walking down my main street doing a few free tours fairly quickly with barely any experience.

  4. Thanks for the update on this Ben! I have been waiting for matterport to allow our cameras. Unfortunately I will have to wait a bit longer since I use Android. But at least I know it's on the horizon!

  5. Cool video, that's a good thing Matterport opened their tool to other cameras.
    How does it get accurate distances from photos though ? Don't you have to specify some measurements of your own for the processing ?

  6. What is considered an Active Tour/ Active Space?
    A – Five of 8 rooms in a single house?
    B – Five non-connected, un-related locations?
    C – Numerous dollhouses, but only show 5 at any given time (eg. do 23 sites, but only 5 viewable)

    Is there a restricted viewing, or private (password) viewing only option, for internal corporate client use only (no public eyes)?

  7. Is there a restricted viewing, or private (password) viewing only option, for internal corporate client use only (no public eyes)?

  8. Great Video. BTW I purchased my Insta360 One X, based on your videos.. and… I LOVE MY CAMERA!!!! Question for you. I usually post edit in snapseed ( hmmm wonder where I found about that editing app.. 🙂 ) Anyways, using the INsta360 One X, can i use post edited images out from Snapseed to import into the Matterport app? Thanks, Rick

  9. Ben. I currently have the Matterport camera and have had amazing success with it. Can you explain please when opening up the Matterport app how it recognizes the Theta or a ONEX please?

  10. Ufff no matter how appealing software is, there should be no hosting requirement. Deliverable should be a standalone product that can be hosted on client’s own server of choice.

  11. I'd love to start doing this, but i have no idea what to charge clients. What would be an average acceptable price for a tour like this gym? I wouldn't want to undercharge, and certainly not overcharge and scare away potential clients.

  12. Thank you Ben for another amazing video! Do you still recommend Cupix for another 360 camera such as GoPro Fusion user? or is there anyway to use Matterport with GoPro Fusion?

  13. Well Ben good insight on Matterport for real estate and pricing however you said cupix is the best plaform for virtual tours and doll house. Can you explain why you have changed now

  14. I think for people working with small biz. and want to keep the tours will be the best $$$ option.

  15. LOL!!! Matterport opening their tool for other cameras is insane. This thing is insane (in a positive way); definitely something to try for a beginner/intermediate but pity it's not the most obvious thing for permanent tours and may not be the best thing for experimenting.

  16. Another great video, moving into the wanting to really do this and get the virtual tour course. I am curious how 'bad' using the Theta V over the Z1 would be (or if the insta one x is an upgrade to the V). Since all I have is the V … seems like it would be okay when using matterport since it doesn't let you edit photos anyway, and I recall the Theta V hdr being not too bad. Though you hit the nail on the head, hosting is an issue especially when wanting to do tours for more permanent places like your example with this client above.

  17. Can you share some links with the examples of using the 360 tours in a business? How does it looks and work with sites and social networks of your client?

  18. I think it's great that they're opening Matterport up to other users that refuse to pay $3000 for what is effectively a point and shoot camera. Their pricing structure with monthly hosting costs still sucks I see. I went with RealTourVision (RTV). Granted a lot more work and not as popular since there's no dollhouse view, but I can take better 360s with a DSLR. Unfortunately Matterport is winning in a major way.

    You could pay the $20 Matterport Extortion Fee for Google Street View and have it always hosted. Again this is BS what they charge since Google Street View is free if you don't upload it through Matterport.

  19. Its interesting you mention the hosting issue. For a customer like the one in this video where the tour will clearly be permanently hosted on their website, how do you go about 'passing the torch' of their data? most of the software I've used so far cost me money to continue hosting the links to keep their access active, so I was curious how you went about handing things off once you're done with the customer.

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