Slideshow Video Tour for Real Estate Listings
I have recently been working on a new project that I might start offering to my real estate agent clients. I have been using some of my past real estate photo jobs to create virtual slideshows that have some pan and zoom video effects to give the images a better presentation than just clicking through them. Eventually I would like to add music to the slideshow video to make it a more pleasant viewing experience. It also may be possible for me to brand the slideshows with the agents contact information so that potential buyers have the ability to contact the seller.
I am also experimenting with different video resolutions for playability. High quality 1080p slideshow videos are very large files and will definitely take longer to load. Lower resolution videos are smaller files but they present the images in lower quality which makes the transitions in the video look choppy.
My goal for this post is to see if there are any problems with the slideshow. Just like YouTube the video will play at a resolution that takes the least amount of time to load. Because of this feature you may need to choose to play the video in 1080p from the "AutoHD" button in the bottom right corner of the video. I would appreciate if you could watch the video and let me know if there are any loading problems or any bad qualities. I am not looking for a critique of the video itself only the quality in which it plays...whether you are using a computer, iPad, iPhone or Android phone. I want to make sure it plays correctly on all devices. Any comments would be extremely helpful.
Click HERE to view a page dedicated to presenting this video to potential home buyers. As you can see my website is hosting the video but most of my branding is gone from the page so that the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) should be able to link to the page with no problems.
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Shaun, it played fine on my i-mac. looked good too. Have you made any further progress using photoshop cs6 for your slideshows? Have you now added this to your service offering and if so how did you add music. Can you export the video file from photoshop to delver via email for use on your clients website?
I'd be very interested to understand where you are with it today as I am thinking about doing the same. Any advice? Cheers.
Charissa, I used Photoshop CC to create the slideshow. With the integration of video and the timeline feature introduced in Photoshop CS6 it has become a lot easier for photographers to create videos within Photoshop. I have not yet integrated this product in my own business because I still need to do some more research with my local MLS to see if they would allow agents to link to the video from my website. I believe Lightroom CC can create a similar slideshow but without the text and it creates larger files than Photoshop.
I think the quality of the video is great! I'm currently using a laptop on wifi and the video (on HD) only took about a half a second of buffering before it played.
I'm a photographer as well, also looking into offering slideshow tours. However, I'm only in the software research stage. So, a question, if you wouldn't mind...which software/program did you use, and what did you think of it?
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