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YouTube Video

I just finished this video and put it up on YouTube and my web site. EP could make it easier. I got my pay rate down to minus $5 per hour! I would appreciate C&C.

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Video is going to become more and more important in our industry. Companies like ColdwellBanker and Century 21 are making their corporate presence on YouTube. Video only on their corporate site.

These can be good for business web sites also.

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Oh that IS smooth (no pun intended given names on this forum...)

Couple of comments...

1/ Your quality is far crisper than anything I've managed using screen capture software

2/ I didn't watch it all the way to the end (had to run) but do you make it clear that there are links to the, far more interactive, version on the website?

Just a thought.

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Forrest, Yes, I would put a link in the description and the audio. I did comment that it was made from a tour. I don't know where the tour is. Thanks for commenting.

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Have to agree that this is the best quality from a VT that I've seen on YouTube.
What do you mean by "I got my pay rate down to minus $5 per hour!"?
Do you care to share with us how you accomplished this quality?


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Jerry, The minus refers to the time spent figuring out how to put on YouTube. The video is a combination of EP movie and Camtasia. I caputured the floor plan in Camstasia. No matter what type of video you select in Tourweaver the frame rate will be 25fps even if it says 29.97 in the speed window. If put on YouTube at 29.97, the 25fps video will shudder. So the video has to be uploaded in a 25fps format. The video time out of EP does not match the tour time. This expands one's vocabulary when trying to match up the floor plan and the basic movie. Also as I have said earlier, TW4 plays back differently in Firefox than in IE. I can only imagine matching up audio. This is why I say EP could help make this easier by encoding both Map and tour and having audio determine length of sceene.

The video was rendered WMV, 5mps HD 720p which is at 25fps.

Hope this helps

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It would also look great with one of those overlays (a la sky) along the bottom with your website address just slightly overlaid at a transparency of about 95 percent opaque. I can recommend software if you need it.
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I can do that (I think). I also need to put the website address on the ending. I will be puting one up probably tomorrow. I will let you know if I can't do it. Thanks for the comment and the offer.

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So Kerry, if I understand you correctly you are just doing a screen capture of the tour as it plays? I use CaptureCam. Not concerned with the map as I rarely ever use them.
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Software I use for screen capture is CamStudio (its free and seems to be ok)

and the overlay software (amongst other things) is VideoWebWizard 2.0 - quite cheap.

 


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Jerry, I use the video out of Tourweaver for the base video and Camtasia in IE to capture the floor plan. I think the floorplan is what makes a virtual tour. I make a video DVD for people to view on their TV so people didn't have to crowd around the computer and they would have a keepsake. A Realtor friend told me about his success using YouTube. So I decided to give it a go. Most of the stuff in real estate is awful. Just like looking at Visual Tours in video.

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Out of interest Kerry,

Why do you make the movie in TW and not just capture your movements using Camtasia straight away? Just interested as doesn't that add an extra step?  Having said that I've never gotten to grips with the movie feature in TW from 1.3 onwards!


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