Scanning a second floor with Matterport

The Matterport 3d Camera makes it easy to create visually stunning and engaging 3D virtual walkthrough’s for your listing. However, there are some things that you might encounter that require a little bit of finesse when scanning.

The Matterport App lets you add a second floor to any scan, which in and of itself is pretty easy to understand and use… If you know this little trick. I’ll use this scan from Chandler near Ahwatukee to show as an example.

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As we approach the staircase, we make sure and get an alignment scan right at the foot of the stairs. This gives the camera an optimal starting point since all points going up the stairs will also view / scan our first scan at the base of the staircase. Even if the staircase has a winding trail, getting this first alignment scan is critical as it will also grab walls, ceilings, light sources, and other elements at that location that will help subsequent scans find their mark.

Once the alignment scan has been successfully rendered, we can now proceed up the stairs. I always add the ‘Second Floor’ starting with the first scan up the stairs. To me, it makes the rendering of the floorplan images a lot smoother when the elevation changes are part of the second floor. The first scan of this new floor will be the next scan point up the staircase. In the example scan above, we started the ‘Second Floor’ with the first scan up the staircase.

As you can see from the results, including the floorplan and dollhouse views, the breakup of floors is handled quite well with the Matterport camera. The skill comes in to play when you see the fluidity with which you can actually ‘walk’ up the stairs without having to search for the next scan point or manually clicking ‘Second Floor’ on the option links at the bottom.

Some Matterport scanners just want to get up to the second floor and skip a lot of potential key points they pass along the way. However, having multiple scan points up the stairs allows a visitor to stop at one of your scanpoints and look around the rest of the house to see what kind of a view they have from the staircase. Keep this in mind as you are walking up the stairs to always look back and see if a part of the climb affords them a nice view of some of the other rooms in the house. In the example scan above, the second walking point provides a beautiful view of the living room and the hallways that lead to other parts of the house.

If the stairway is curved, narrow, or surrounded by walls and doesn’t necessarily allow for a ‘view’, you might consider just getting a limited number of scans so people can quickly get the top or bottom and continue their virtual tour.

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