As a Google Street View Trusted Photographer, we provide amazing, immersive 360° panorama virtual tours of apartment communities, businesses, medical offices, home builder sales offices, hotels and more!
Why Choose Metroplex360.com?
- Free Matterport 3D Pro-2 Tour with all orders
- Imagery captured at every 4-5 Feet.
- Imagery is captured to connect your business to the street.
- Posted to Google at 8192 x 4096
- Embed on your website at 16,384 x 8,192 max resolution
- 10 – 14 second 3D Video to post to Google.
- Professional Photography available.
- Easily Embed into a WordPress Site with our free plugin!
- All tours shot in 3D and eligable for the forthcoming Street View VR Ready program. This enhancement is exclusive to tours shot with a 3D camera!
Google Street View + Matterport
Google Street View is an amazing way to boost your visibility on search — Matterport 3D is the BEST way to let visitors explore your location on your website. Learn More about Matterport 3D.
When Google Street View is captured with Matterport technology, the client receives more viewpoints with a greater depth of field than most capture devices.
Metroplex360 tours are optimized for ease of navigation and are captured in a grid-pattern with 90 degree turns. We also capture
As a bonus – a 10 – 14 second ‘Teaser’ Video created by the Matterport Pro-2 Camera is a great addition to your Local Listing Imagery.
Google Street View Tour Pricing
All tours include a free Matterport Pro-2 Scan (134 Megapixels) with free hosting that is delivered within 24 hours.
The Google Street View tour is visible within 48 hours and can be published to your brand account on request.
< 1000 SQFT
1000 – 1999 SQFT
2000 – 2999 SQFT
3000 – 3999 SQFT
4000 – 4999 SQFT
5000 – 5999 SQFT
$499 + $0.08/sqft
$799 + $0.05/sqft
We are based in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. We are now offering services to Houston and Seattle.
A $75 fee will be charged for each 100 miles beyond DFW Airport, George Bush International Airport, or Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Boutique DSLR Photo Package
$49 – Exterior (2) + 4 Interior Images
Business Interior Photos Package
$125 – Up to 24 Images
$15 per person (3 Images)
Matterport 3D Tour
Free with all Google Street View purchases.
Google Street View Tour Gallery
Frequently Asked Questions
A “Google Street View Tour” in the context of your business is a collection of linked 360 “panospheres” that can be found on Google Maps. Panospheres contain connections to other panospheres and provide viewers the ability to take walkthrough tour.
A photographer shoots a collection of panoramic images and uses a 3rd party service to position them on Google Maps, add connections and publish them to Google.
There is a large range of cameras that can produce 360 panospheres. The Ricoh Theta S and V are inexpensive consumer cameras that many low priced Google Street View photographers use. Hallmarks include low resolution, lack of depth of field and substandard image quality.
Some photographers user capture devices that use GPS for accurate positioning. These often fail when inside and are most useful for outside tours.
We use the Matterport Pro-2 Camera. This amazing camera provide “DSLR quality” images (136 megapixel!) and generate a standalone 3D tour for our clients’ websites — and is the first and only camera on the market to be certified for the Google Street View VR Ready program.
With the Matterport Pro-2 Camera, each panorama is perfectly positioned and connected with flawless accuracy thanks to 3D technology.
We publish our panospheres at 8,192 x 4,096 and we optimize quality to result in file sizes that are under 1.6MB.
Google Street View stopped optimizing imagery in 2017 and tours load slower than they used to as tiling is no longer used. Thus, photographers must upload optimized imagery to Google, which means that 136 megapixels = slow loading tours! Ouch!
We are thrilled that by using Matterport Pro-2 Cameras, we can provide our clients the highest quality walkthrough tour for their website as well as a lower quality, street view compatible version.
In May 2017, Google announced that they will be adding true 3D tours to Google Street View under the name ‘Street View VR Ready’.
The hallmarks of 3D tours are that all panoramas are placed within a 3D model and are accurately positioned. The 3D model allows for enhanced transitions between each image as well as an understanding of where boundaries like doors exist. This provides a more realistic tour experience and opens up possibilities to new features such as a dollhouse or floorplan view that is demonstrated in the Matterport 3D Tour that all of our customers experience.
In a nutshell, Google is bringing the Matterport experience to Street View. It was announced in May 2017 and we’re anxiously awaiting more information. Hopefully Google Street View Summit 2018 will reveal more information.
The entry point to a Google Street View Tour is from the ‘See Photos’ link on your businesses listing. You can also enter your tour by dropping the ‘pegman’ on your building in Google Maps. In some instances, your tour may be linked to the actual street to where someone playing around with Google Street View can navigate into your business.
You can also choose to embed your GSV tour on your website. Our clients receive BOTH a Google Street View and Matterport Tour. We believe that Matterport Spaces are much easier to navigate, load faster, and are an overall better product. Therefore, we recommend using the Matteport Tour for your website.
Yes, but surprisingly for Google, the statistics are anything but accurate.
Google will add a ‘view’ every time your business is loaded on maps and the image gallery appears. Basically, the stats are based on the number of times a thumbnail image is ‘requested’. What’s even sillier is that the thumbnail doesn’t even have to appear on a user’s screen – let alone be clicked. Don’t trust Google’s statistics.
If your tour has been “viewed 10,000 times” — that’s really just the number of times that a thumbnail was pulled from a database query. It’s not a useful metric.
Google Street View has arrow-based navigation on mobile, and ‘X’ marks the spot navigation on desktop. The X marks the spot navigation, aka pancake navigation, is truly difficult to use and we recommend using your keyboard to navigate your tour on desktop. Your Matterport tour will not have these issues as it uses a 3D environment to allow smooth navigation between imagery.
Despite submitting a carefully positioned and strategically connected tour to Google, the ‘pancake navigation’ system will allow viewers to walk directly through walls. This is a limitation caused by Google’s platform. This does not happen with Matterport as Matterport’s 3D environment uses walls as barriers and obeys logical navigation.
Previously, Google Trusted Photographers were able to set the starting point for tours. Google has taken this ability away from us and instead is using ‘Computer AI’ to automatically select this. This is obviously either a complete lie or their ‘AI’ is not intelligent at all as more often than not, the starting point for tours makes absolutely no sense.
Because of this, we use known hacks to limit the # of possible starting points by removing your business’s name from all panoramas except those that would be logical starting points.
Google used to allow Google Trusted Photographers to set the default thumbnails and their position on Google Street View. They took this away and now show the ‘North’ facing view for a random thumbnail. Often this means showing a wall.
It can be hard for people to find your tour. For years, Google would add a highly visible ‘See Inside’ thumbnail to a business’s listing when they had a Google Street View Business View tour. This entry point had INCREDIBLE value and was the #1 angle that Google Trusted Photographers used to market their services.
Now, tours are mixed in with the photo gallery for a business. As a community of photographers, we are hounding Google about this, but Google simply says that it’s not coming back.
One way to get around this is to use your Google Business (G+) page and post a new post every week containing the starting point for your tour. This information will display first on your infograph for a limited time.
With all of these issues with Google’s platform, you may think twice about getting a GSV Tour. While we do absolutely everything we can to create the best Google Street View tours that the platform currently allows — there are some issues with the platform currently.
We believe in being very honest about Google Street View and setting realistic expectations. In fact, Google asks us to be transparent and accountable:
So with that being said:
The product that Google offered until Spring 2017 was excellent. The product they now offer is not.
Google essentially killed off Street View for Businesses and migrated the imagery into the same bucket that anyone with a cell phone uploads their restaurant selfies through.
Panoramic imagery uploads do differ as they contain geo-coordinates and information about how they connect together. These band aids allow what used to be Google Street View tours to still exist and function.
The new system is band-aided together. Images are no longer optimized by Google and tilesets are no longer created — therefore, images must be uploaded pre-optimized for both desktop and mobile. Thus, we favor mobile and the ideal size is 8,192 x 4096 or less.
From observation, nearby panoramas no longer preload and connections load as each panorama loads.
There’s no longer integration with your business’s infography and the entry point is now buried in Google Maps – or the image carousel for your business.
All panoramic images appear by default, and thumbnails are warped and strange.
It is our HOPE that Google will address all of these issues and that any tours purchased from us and other vendors will increase in value over time as new features are rolled out. We love what we were able to provide for clients and we’d like to be able to continue to deliver the same level of services in the future.
This is why we provide a Matterport Pro-2 with every Google Street View Tour.
Essentially, when you order a Google Street View tour from Metroplex360.com, we are selling you a Matterport Pro-2 tour and providing the Google Street View tour for free. We believe that by doing this, we are delivering exceptional value to our customers.