Matterport paved the way for providing a new, high-end viewing experience of real estate for potential clients. With this three-dimensional camera system, creating accurate and realistic virtual tours that give your prospective buyers an authentic feel of the property can now be accomplished smoothly and effortlessly. Using only a Matterport Pro camera and your iPad, you can simply, quickly and automatically create 3D copies of any space you wish to scan.

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You might think that learning how to use this advanced and refined camera system is hard but worry no more because in this article, you will learn the basics of Matterport 3D scanning for real estate in just 5 quick and easy steps.

1. Before scanning, prep the space.

Scanning a property is not as different as photographing one. Once on site, do all the initial steps you take when you shoot a property. These include taking a tour around the site and closing the door of rooms you do not want to scan. Also, turn on the lights in rooms as needed so as to maintain constant lighting throughout the whole property. Close the curtains or adjust blinds so that no direct sunlight can influence the data collection. Simply think of how you would adjust lighting when taking photos of a room. Moreover, declutter the space and remove anything you do not want captured and turn off moving fans. Make sure that the site is empty of pets and people. Remember, moving objects or furniture items while scanning sacrifices the consistency and quality of the model so once you are satisfied with the appearance of the space, leave it still.

2. Plan your scan path.

In planning your scan path, you have to keep in mind that every scan position will be a position in the model where a viewer can stand. Make sure that you keep your camera at the same height as you move through the space. When scanning long hallways, it is best to scan in a line down the hallway to give the viewer the smoothest experience. It is highly recommended to place your camera 5 to 8 feet between each scan position and 1 ½ foot away from any objects in the room. For important areas such as kitchens, you may consider adding one or two scan positions. When scanning multiple floors, starting on the lowest floor first is the best way to go about it.

3. Set up your camera.

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In assembling your camera, set up your tripod on eye level, at roughly 5 feet since this best represents the height of a person, and check if it is stable. Then, slide your camera on the quick release clamp and tighten it—make sure that it is secure because the camera will rotate as it collects data from the area.

4. Begin your first scan.

Turn on your camera and iPad. On your iPad, click Settings then connect your camera to the Matterport Capture app. Create a New Model on the app, and enter a name and any important details of your model before starting your first scan.

Place the camera at your desired origin location then press Scan. As it collects data, the camera will rotate; you can watch this process and observe how far long it has gone over the area through the progress meter on the app. Once the scan is complete, a preview in the form of a mini map will appear. You will see a top-down perspective of the space captured in this preview as well as the scan positions within it; you’ll also notice the dark spots around the area that you need to fully remove in order to create a complete model of the space.

5. Continue scanning.

To remove the dark spots visible on the initial preview, move the camera around 5 feet away from the start location and towards the areas that are still dark then, scan again until the entire room is scanned.

When you encounter an Alignment Error, this simply means that the camera does not have enough data to match the new information. To fix this, just move the camera closer to the previous scan position and continue scanning from there.

In scanning doorways, place the camera on both sides of the threshold to allow it [camera] to see enough of the surroundings to continue.

Don’t forget to mark the windows and mirrors as you scan. You can do this through the Mark Features option on the Matterport Capture app.

For properties with multiple floors

After completing the scan of the first floor, you can continue scanning the new floor.

When filming stairs, you would find it best to scan from the bottom up. Place your camera at the bottom and scan then, move 4 to 5 steps at a time and scan again. When moving up the stairs, be extra careful in adjusting the tripod; remember to keep the 2 legs on the lower step.

Once the camera is on the new floor, create a New Floor on the app and continue scanning. Simply repeat the process and as soon as you’re done, you can upload the model which can be viewed online from any device.

Now that you have learned these 5 basic steps in Matterport 3D scanning, you can now observe how fascinating and useful this camera system is. Despite its sophisticated technology, scanning a property and creating a virtual walkthrough of it for your clients is not as difficult as it seems so go ahead and give it a try!