Producing a Storytelling Virtual Tour sounds more complicated than it is. At Cyango we work to simplify processes and help you focus on what really matters: getting more clients.
Unlike a regular virtual tour, a storytelling one is way more engaging if done right. This tutorial helps you on creating it the best possible way. In 3 steps you will understand the whole process, so let’s dive into it.
Step 1 – Plan
If you want to promote your new product, you will likely want to explain details about it, how good it is and what are the benefits. Storytelling is a way of communication and a virtual tour is the tool for engagement.
Before jumping into writing the story, define some goals like:
- “I want to do a demo of my product”
- “I want to promote my boat tours”
- “I want to show a tour of a real estate and the neighborhood”
After defining this let’s step in the Story Sheet tool of Cyango Cloud Studio. First create a new story and name it after your project.
The Story Sheet is something we came up from all the experience on using other standard documents like the Call Sheet, Storyboard or production schedule, and made it easier to use and understand. Remember, our purpose is to make it easy for you.
It has 3 tables that can wrap up everything you need for the story production, let’s learn about each one.
This is where you define how many scenes your story has, when and where they are going to happen.
Every scene you add here, it will be automatically added to your Story when editing on Cyango Cloud Studio.
This second table will be in sync with the Scenes Shooting, and allows to describe in depth what is going to happen on each scene. You can assign the cast to the respective scene, write and assign text scripts for each cast member and take custom notes.
The cast table is simple. You just need to list all your cast member that will speak or participate in the shooting with the appropriate props and clothes. Also have the contact of the cast member in case something happens.
After completing the Story Sheet, you and your cast are now ready for shooting!
Step 2 – Shooting
The shooting days have come. Make sure everyone is positive and have good energy to work, make sure everyone is having fun while shooting, this is more than work, it’s an experience 😋
Get your equipment ready (see here the ready-to-go Virtual Tour Kit) and make sure everyone is in sync with the Story Sheet. You can print the Story Sheet or you can share a PDF exported from Cyango Cloud Studio for everyone.
Inspect the place a bit around and find the suitable position to place the camera. Use the preview on the Insta360 app to clearly see if the view is good and if it is according to the Story Sheet (sometimes the speaker talks about some location and points to it, and you need to make sure it’s visible). Mind some physical objects around that maybe need to be removed from the camera view, and assure there is enough space area to not get stitching errors. Another important thing is know where to hide from the camera when recording (this is a fun part 😂).
Lights are important to not be over or under exposed on the camera lenses.
Clean Lenses –
Level the camera lenses to the average level of the chin of the speaker (~1.60 meters height).
While taking preparations, guarantee that you’re not positioning the camera in a dangerous place (like highways or train roads). Make sure the camera is not on uneven ground and could fall, or if there’s too much wind, assure you have some weight on the bottom of the tripod.
A Storytelling Virtual Tour needs a storyteller. This could be the speaker or a person to record voice-over.
Show the speaker the 360º view from the camera so he can understand better where to position (recommended to be at a minimum distance of 1.5 meters), and explain him to take care of his body language and have more fit atitude when talking. You can do a first test recording with him going through the script and see if everything goes well. It’s also important to talk to the camera and look at the lenses as if it were a person’s eyes.
It’s a wrap!
In the end of each day of filming make sure every video, panoramas and voice recordings are ok and back them up on your computer and on a external hard drive. After checking that everything is ok, communicate to everyone so they can feel happy and fulfilled for the work done.
Step 3 – Building the Virtual Tour
This is the easiest step, where you use Cyango Cloud Studio to build the storytelling virtual tour you have planned.
Click on the Edit button on the Story. You’ll notice you already have the scenes created from the Story Sheet.
Go to the Media Manager and start uploading your files. All videos, panoramas, images and 3D models go here.
If you’re new to the interface take a quick learn on these video tutorials, it’s really easy to understand.
After completing your storytelling virtual tour, if you are ready you can Publish it and then view and embed anywhere in the web.
After this share your Story anywhere on social media and start getting more visits to the Story and start getting more leads to the products or services your promoted.