The Matterport Pro 3D Camera is placed in multiple positions throughout the space. In each position, the camera rotates with its built-in motor to gather data in 360 degrees. An iPad is used as a remote control for the camera and to store the scan data to be uploaded later. The camera has a built-in WiFi network for the iPad to connect to. Later the iPad is connected to the Internet to upload the data to the Matterport Cloud for processing. It takes 1 to 2 hours for the data to be processed into a model. That model can then be shared online with a web link or embedded in a website.
A panoramic photo depicts a space from one fixed viewpoint and lets you turn left or right. A 3D model lets you walk through the space to experience it as if you were there.
No special lighting is required. The camera collects HDR (high dynamic range) data and automatically balances the bright and dim areas of the property.
It takes one (1) minute per scan. A typical 2,000-square-foot home can be scanned in about an hour with about 60 scans.
Two hundred (200) scans would be enough to build a model of an area up to 15,000 square feet. That can vary, depending on the layout of the property and furniture.
The Matterport Pro 3D Camera is ideally used indoors and does not function as well in sunlight or in wide open spaces. Some camera users have had success with external spaces, such as gardens and patios, when there is no direct sunlight (such as at dawn or dusk).
All rooms in a property must be physically connected to be part of the same scan. Each detached building (such as garages, cottage houses, sheds, etc.) must be treated as a separate scan.
Items/imagery found in the model view cannot be removed after the scan has been uploaded. Removing these items will require the purchase of a new scan. Virtual Realty LLC is not responsible for any items left in view that may be inadvertently photographed/scanned.
We will scan any property located in the Tricounty area of South Carolina, including Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. Any distance farther than 20 miles from the Charleston, SC city limits may incur a mileage surcharge.
The 3D model uses WebGL, the modern standard for 3D content viewed on the web. On desktop computers, WebGL is supported by the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. On mobile devices, WebGL is supported by Safari for iOS 8 and Chrome for Android.
Embedding a model is straightforward; it is similar to embedding a YouTube video. Here is a sample embed code for a model:
<iframe width="853" height="480" src='https://my.matterport.com/webgl_player/#model=5U2Nes3wodZ' frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>