2021 off-road edition.
A lot of guidance exists around creating virtual tours of businesses.
Ben Claremont’s, Which Is The Best Virtual Tour Software? (November 2019), video is a good example of the types of comparisons that exist.
Many of the software products mentioned in that video do include the ability to upload the imagery to Google Street View, but in many cases the workflows and comparisons are based on shooting in a small, controlled area indoors.
I’m yet to find a comprehensive comparison of tools for outdoor, off-road Street View uploads.
Last week I took a look at the Google Street View app in detail. This week I’ll take a look at other alternatives available to off-road street-level 360 photographers.
Google Street View App
Android 18.104.22.1680158636 (publish date: 5th Jan 2021)
Overall this is a solid choice if you’re taking a few photos with your phone, or want to connect it to a supported 360 camera for short adventures.
Doing everything on a phone does limit your ability to process photos or videos before upload.
Phone battery life also becomes an issue when shooting long tours and it’s very likely you’ll need an external power pack for your phone to ensure it remains charged.
- Free for processing photos but pricing starts at $10 per 2 tours uploaded to Street View
GoThru was one of the first companies in the market that allowed people to create indoor virtual tours and upload them to Street View seamlessly.
StreetBuilder is great at helping extract the correct panoramas from videos or sequences of photos prior to upload.
To upload to Street View, you first need to upload to the GoThru platform and then publish Street View. This requires a paid GoThru plan, which means if you’re uploading a high number of tours it can quickly become very expensive.
Trailblazer was the app that got me into capturing adventure footage for Street View, so Panoskin have a special place in my heart.
The app only works with GoPro Fusion video and photo files. Content from the newer GoPro MAX cameras are not compatible.
What I really like about Trailblazer is its ability to add local metadata to content, for example, what method of transport you used to capture with. The fact they don’t charge for uploads to Street View also earns it a plus point!
Map the Paths Uploader
We know outdoor photographers shoot with a wide variety of different cameras to match the conditions, they create a large volume of content, that requires a high degree of post-processing, all on a shoestring budget.
OK, I’m biased on this one, however, the Map the Paths Uploader was built to solve these problems outdoor street-level photographers face by allowing them to:
- Add metadata to sequences for easy management and discovery
- Convert 360 video to 360 photo frames to store locally for photo editing
- Geotag images using GPS track files (if photos are not geotagged)
- Flexibly edit photos (including the ability to add a nadir, adjust location information, etc.)
- Upload to multiple web platforms
Which one is your favourite?
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