Creating a virtual tour is a great way to give your audience a feel for the space without being there in person. It’s also a good idea to showcase the property you’re selling or renting. Whether you want to create a virtual tour for business or pleasure, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. This beginner’s guide will show you step-by-step how to create a virtual tour.
What is a virtual tour?
A virtual tour is a computer-generated simulation of a real place, often consisting of a series of still images or video clips. They are usually created to give people an idea of what it would be like to visit a particular place and can be used for educational and promotional purposes.
Creating a virtual tour can be difficult, but with the right tools and planning, it can be relatively easy. This guide covers the basics of creating a virtual tour, including choosing your subject, setting up your camera, and creating the tour itself.
Choice of subject
The first step in creating a virtual tour is to decide what you want to include. This will largely be determined by the reason for your tour and your audience. For example, creating a virtual tour for a school project will likely want to include different attractions and points of interest than creating a virtual tour for a travel website.
Once you know what you want to include, you need to choose a location. This can be anywhere in the world, although it is often easiest to start somewhere close to home. Once you’ve chosen your location, start planning your route and mark any landmarks or attractions you want to include.
Creating a virtual tour is a great way to give viewers a realistic first-hand look at your business or rental property. But how to start? In this beginner’s guide from Giga Workswe’ll show you step-by-step how to create a virtual tour using the popular 360° video format.
What you will need
To create a virtual tour, you will need:
360° camera: We recommend the Insta360 ONE X, an easy-to-use 360-degree all-in-one camera that records 5.7K video and 18MP photos.
Tripod: A tripod is essential for steadying your camera and ensuring smooth, professional-looking footage.
Optional: smartphone or tablet: You’ll need a smartphone or tablet to control the camera and connect your footage (more on that later).
Now that you have everything you need, let’s get started!
Step 1: Find the perfect location
The first step in creating your virtual tour is to find the perfect location. This can be anywhere, but we recommend starting close to home. Once you’ve chosen a location, spend some time walking around and thinking about the best places to set up your camera.
Some things to keep in mind when choosing a virtual tour location:
Is there a lot of foot traffic? You’ll want to set the camera where people are constantly moving so that the audience gets a sense of the space and level of activity.
Is the lighting good? You want to make sure there is plenty of natural light so the audience can see everything.
Are there any interesting sights or attractions nearby? It can be anything from a prominent building to a picturesque view. By including them in your virtual tour, viewers will get an idea of the area and what it has to offer.
Step 2: Set up your camera
Once you’ve found the perfect spot, it’s time to set up your camera. If you are using the Insta360 ONE X, we recommend using the Bullet Time Handler accessory. This will allow you to shoot smooth, professional-looking videos while keeping your hands free.
To set up your camera:
Attach the Bullet Time Handler to the bottom of the ONE X using the included mount.
Pull the thread through the eye on the top of the handle, then tie it to the desired length. We recommend a length of 3-4 feet (91-122 cm).
Attach the ONE X to the top of the processor using the included mount.
Finally, secure the string to a sturdy object such as a lamp post or fence post. This ensures that your camera stays in place while you’re shooting video.
Step 3: Take a video.
Now that your camera is set up, it’s time to start shooting! We recommend walking around your location and making short videos of different areas. Keep moving as you shoot to give the audience a sense of space and level of activity.
If you are using the Insta360 ONE X, we recommend setting the camera to “Logo Up” mode. This will allow you to capture smooth, stable footage without the need for a tripod.
Once you’ve removed all the necessary material, it’s time to move on to the next step: stitching.
Step 4: Glue the footage together.
If you’re using Insta360 ONE X, you’ll need to stitch your footage together before you can start editing. Stitching is the process of combining all your video clips into one 360 video file.
There are two ways to join video footage:
With the ONE X app: The easiest way to connect your videos is to use the ONE X app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. Connect the camera to the app and follow the on-screen instructions.
Using Insta360 Studio: If you want, you can also stitch your footage together using the Insta360 Studio desktop software. This method is a bit more complicated, but gives you more control over the final product.
Once your footage is stitched together, you’re ready to start editing!
Step 5: Edit your footage.
Now that your footage is glued together, it’s time to start editing. Again, if you’re using the Insta360 ONE X, we recommend using the ONE X app for this step. The app includes a built-in editor that makes it easy to create a professional-looking virtual tour.
Using Insta360 Studio, you’ll have more control over your editing process. This method is a little more complicated, but it allows you to add special effects and proceed to your virtual tour.
When you’re happy with how your virtual tour looks, it’s time to export it and share it with the world!