This guide will walk you through the process of taking and downloading a 360º Snapshot in the Matterport editor, then describe how to share that 3D image with Facebook.
Before you begin
Before learning how to do this, let's have a look at what a 360º Snapshot looks like after you download the file to your computer. See below.
Notice how the image is oddly warped - don't worry, this is normal. Transforming a 360º, sphere-based Snapshot into a flat image will cause distortions throughout. Uploading this same Snapshot to Facebook, however, will transform the image into a true 3D Snapshot.
Take a 360º Snapshot
- Open the 3D Showcase you want to photograph.
- Switch to Edit mode.
- Select the camera icon in the toolbox to the right.
- Position your camera.
- Click and drag your mouse to frame the shot, then use the arrow keys for refinement.
- Click the 360º Photo icon at the top-right of the image.
- Click the large photo icon at the top of the image to take the Snapshot.
Download a 360º Snapshot
- Click on the "Media" tab.
- Click "Photos".
- The 360º Snapshot thumbnail will appear much wider than the rest of the image, and will have the "360º" designation at the bottom right of the image.
- Click the 360º Snapshot to enlarge.
- In the pop-up window, click the download icon at the top-right.
- 360º Snapshots will download as JPEGs.
- 360º Snapshots will save at 4,096 x 2,048 pixels by default, regardless of capture device.
- 360º Snapshot image sizes will range from one to three MB depending on the content's detail and scope.
- 360º Snapshots use the equirectangular projection method - this seamlessly transitions spherical images into 2D, flat pictures.
To preview a 360º Snapshot before uploading to Facebook, we recommend using Pano2VR software.