How would you like to turn your 360 photos into a 3D virtual tour with a floorplan and dollhouse view? Benaco is a virtual tour system that allows you to take 360 photos from any 360 camera or DSLR panoramic rig, and uses computer vision and photogrammetry to automatically convert the photos into a 3D virtual tour. Find out how this can help you create virtual tours faster and more easily.
Advantages of 3D virtual tours
Almost all virtual tours consist of linked 360 photos, and they work pretty well. However, most of them require you to link the photos manually, and the amount of time needed to do so increases exponentially with the number of photos taken. Conventional virtual tours also require you to create a floor plan separately, which can be tedious to create accurately, and some do not even have an option to show a floor plan.
Benaco is a virtual tour system that uses conventional 360 photos and converts them into a 3D model. The process is completely automated and there’s no need for you to link the photos. There are many other benefits as well. A 3D model of your virtual tour enables you to automatically create a floorplan and a dollhouse view. A 3D model also enables a fly-through type transition between nodes, similar to Matterport. You can also take measurements and distances using the 3D model.
Here is a sample virtual tour:
How to create a virtual tour with Benaco
To create a virtual tour with Benaco, you need to take a photo every 5 feet or so (tight spaces such as doorways will need more photos). When you upload them to Benaco’s servers, the servers will convert the photos into a 3D model automatically, which will be embeddable on websites, and can be viewed on a browser or on a VR headset via WebVR.
These features have previously been available on other services such as Cupix. However, one difference with Benaco is its pricing. The amount you pay for a tour is based on the number of photos you upload from it, and it is a one-time fee.
The cost is $2 for up to 20 photos, $10 for up to 100 photos, or $50 for up to 500 photos. There are also monthly plans that give you a service credit, starting with the Basic plan, which is $10/mo and includes $20 of service credit. There are also custom plans with white labeling.
The tour is free until you publish, which means you can upload and process for free, and you don’t have to pay for a tour until after it is processed and you review it and decide you want to use it.
A critical distinction in Benaco’s pricing is that after payment, the tour remains available permanently, unlike Matterport or Cupix, where you have to pay a monthly fee or else the virtual tour will no longer be visible. This gives virtual shooters far more flexibility and certainty, and has a lower long term cost.
Try it for free
Benaco has made a special offer for 360 Rumors readers: for a limited time, you can use the code 360RUMORS to unlock your virtual tour for free. You can create an account for free here. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and I’ll invite the developers to respond.