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How to record a video of your tour

Making a short (teasing) presentation video of an existing tour, highlighting the strong points of a property, then widespreading on internet and social netwoks, can be a good way to attract qualified prospects.

One method is to record a live guided tour with a HD screen recorder, then post it to youtube.

What you will need ?

1/ Computer : windows or mac

The faster the processor and the graphics card, the better. You need to be able to record in FULL HD 1920×1080 with smooth rotation, without “dropped frames” : jerky video because the screen recorder could not record all the frames fast enough.

Why Full HD 1920×1080 ? This will give you the best image quality for your recorded video published with youtube, if you get the correct brandwidth with your internet connection. When playing the video, Youtube will automatically downscale the resolution if your connection can’t keep up. You can check (and change) youtube’s playback default resolution here :

2/ External USB Microphone (optional)

If you intend to record your narration while recording your tour(or later in post processing), a quality recorded sound can make the difference. Connect an external USB microphone to your PC. We got professional results with a Blue Yeti USB , but Blue Snowball USB is also a good choice. On the Yeti, select the CARDIOID mode : sound directly in front is picked up, while the sound at the rear and sides is not picked up.

3/ Screen recorder software

Apowersoft Screen Recorder  is a good choice : it will keep up without dropping frames in a resolution of 1920×1080 on a Dell XPS13 laptop, and there is a free version !

Depending on your graphics card, you might find a more efficient, dedicated, screen recorder.

Initial settings

We suggest you adjust your display settings to a resolution of FULL HD 1920×1080. You will then record “full screen”.

Alternatively, if your computer can’t keep up recording in FULL HD, you can choose 1280x720p which is the next available 16/9 format : if you don’t want black borders around your video in youtube, always select a 16/9 format.

Is is also advisable NOT to include the mouse cursor while recording the tour, nor the screen recorder toolbar . If applicable, select your external USB microphone as audio source.

Recording

Start viewing your selected tour and go to the first scene of your guided tour.

Hide the Thumbnails on the upper right side of the window, or leave them visible if you quickly want to change from one room to the other during the recording.

It’s a good idea to make a walktrough in all the rooms you will visit during your recording, so that the corresponding panoramas are already loaded in cache and show faster during the actual recording.

If you are recording in FULL SCREEN, click on the FULL SCREEN icon :

If you are NOT recording in FULL SCREEN, adjust the size of the nodalview’s window to the size of the recorded area (which should be in the 16/9 format).

Hide the Nodalview icons in the toolbar, because you don’t want to record the toolbars & icons on your final video.

 

When hiding the nodalview icons, the transitions arrows will be hidden, but will remain active. That means, when you hover with the mouse cursor on the location of the arrow, the tooltip will show, and clicking will get you in the linked room.

Here are some handy keyboard shortcuts available during recording :

Spacebar : starts/stop autorotation clockwise

Left Arrow : fast rotation left  Right Arrow : fast rotation right

letter F : smooth rotation left  letter H : smooth rotation right

Make sure you remember the hotkey to stop the recording.

Start the recording of  your guided tour. Stop recording at the end of the guided tour and save, review and edit your video locally, then upload it to youtube for publishing.

Here is a sample of what you can get (rough, without editing) :