Frequently Asked Questions About Virtual Tours

Here is a selection of frequently asked questions about 360 virtual tours and Matterport virtual tours.

Do you have any questions about virtual tours?

Virtual tours have become increasingly popular in sectors like real estate, travel, education, and museums, especially given the rise in remote technologies and the need for digital experiences. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about virtual tours along with their answers:

A virtual tour is a digital simulation of a real location, created using a sequence of videos or still images. It allows users to explore and navigate a space as if they were physically present. They are like a window into another world where you can look all around including up and down just as though you are actually there.

Virtual tours are not a new technology, having their roots in Apple’s QTVR way back in the mid 90s but with the popularity of Google Tours they are starting to emerge as a viable method of experiencing what it’s like to explore somewhere else from the comfort of your home computer or smart phone.

There was and still is a tendency for people who have never seen / experienced a 360 virtual tour to call things such as videos or even slideshows in some cases virtual tours. This is simply not the case.

While both offer visual representations of spaces, a video tour is typically a pre-recorded walkthrough of a location. In contrast, a virtual tour offers an interactive experience, allowing users to choose their path and view different parts of the location at their own pace.

There are several ways in which we produce our virtual tours which depend on if the virtual tour is a custom branded tour, a Google tour or a Matterport virtual tour.

Bespoke virtual tours are usually created using a combination of photography, videography, and specialised software. Panoramic photos or videos are stitched together to form a 360-degree view, which users can then navigate.

For large outdoor virtual tours we also use a GPS unit in order to assist with positioning the images in relation to each other back at the studio.

Matterport virtual tours on the other hand are taken using the Matterport 3D camera which captures all of the photography in HDR (High Dynamic Range) and uses the 3D data to automatically align and position the images. The images are then sent to the cloud for processing which takes a few hours but we generally have the Matterport property tour available for you within 24 hours.

They certainly can and we can give you any assistance necessary in adding virtual property tours to your listings on property portals.

Virtual tours can boost engagement, increase trust by offering transparency, and provide a competitive edge. They can also lead to longer website visits and increased conversions in sectors like real estate.

In most cases, no. Most virtual tours are designed to work on standard web browsers without the need for special software. Some immersive virtual tours might require VR headsets for a more enhanced experience.

The cost can vary depending on your requirements and so we normally ask you for a brief and send over a quote based on your needs. Simple tours using still images might be relatively inexpensive, while tours with advanced features like interactive hotspots, video content, and VR compatibility may be more costly.

Pricing as a guide can be found at the bottom of each of the various sectors.

Absolutely! Virtual tours can be created for a wide range of locations, including tourist attractions, museums, educational campuses, event venues, and more. Click on the following link to see the various virtual tours sectors we cover.

Yes, all the virtual tour platforms allow for the addition of interactive hotspots, where viewers can click to get more information, watch videos, or view related photos.

All virtual tours provided by Zeus 360 are designed to be responsive and compatible with mobile devices, tablets, and desktop computers.

Virtual tours can typically be shared by embedding them on a website, sending a direct link, or even sharing through social media platforms.

We provide all the information and training required for you to do this yourselves and can communicate directly with your website developer for embedding the virtual tour on your website.