StreetView 360° creator
Shooting 360 degree photos with a smartphone is easy. Whether you own an Android or an iOS device, you will need to download the Google Street View app to use the SeenSEO Virtual Studio. Click the links below to download the app.
The process is almost the same on both operating systems
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Install the App
Install the app and pick an interesting spot to try it. After a few screens with tips and welcome messages, you’ll arrive at the homepage of the app. Click on the “Camera” icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen to start. A contextual menu will appear.
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After selecting “Camera,” you’ll be taken to the camera screen. The app will guide you through the capture process – essentially, the user has to stand still , hold the device in the right position, point the camera at the dot, and hit all orange circles appearing on the screen.
See the Video on the next screen.
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For best results hold your phone close and hold steady when you’re prompted to take the photos by the ORANGE dots.
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At this point, the app has already begun “stitching” all of the images together to create a 360 degree panorama. The progress is indicated by an orange loading bar at the bottom of the screen.
As soon as the process is completed, the app will notify you by indicating that your 360 photo is “ready to publish.”
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The images are now stitched together into one 360 image. While you are able to preview the raw version of the image in both Android and iOS devices, there are some differences in how you access them.
Android and iOS users will need to:
Press the “private tab”, click on your image and press the “share icon”, and then choose “share privately”. Once you’ve done this you can then save the image or send it using your Gmail app…
Alternatively, you can upload the images to your Google drive. This will allow for quick transfer and faster access from your desktop computer.
See the next few screens for examples and follow along as we discuss this a bit further.
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Now you can access the raw 360 image on your smartphone but what next ?
From your smartphone you can :
– Upload your image to the SeenSEO Virtual Studio App directly. Though this is possible, it’s easier to accomplish this from a lap/desktop computer.
– Send your image by email, and download it to your desktop, then upload it to the SeenSEO Virtual Studio App.
– Download the Google Drive app, upload the images from your phone to your Google Drive, then upload the images from your Google Drive to the SeenSEO Virtual Studio App once you’ve arrived at your lap/desktop.
Download the Google Drive App here-
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Be Patient & Practice
As with anything new, you’ll see that it requires a bit of practice to make a good 360 image from street view. The most common “mistake” people make is not holding still when capturing an image when prompted by the orange dot. Be patient though, after 2-3 attempts, you will come out with a good one. Then it’ll be easy.
Try making 360 panoramas in open areas, while you can definitely do this indoors, the further away objects are, the easier the stitching will be. Once you do this once or twice, move indoors. It’ll be easier.
Good Luck and Happy Virtual Touring!
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