How to Determine the Scan Path

An important skill when scanning with Matterport is choosing the right scan positions since these directly correspond to the user's path through your model.

Imagine the camera is a visitor seeing the property in-person. Naturally, you'd want to place the camera in order to simulate the walking path the visitor would most likely take. 


Distance & Line of Sight

  1. Place the camera 5 to 8 ft​ (1.5 to 2.5 m) from a previous scan.
    • The maximum distance can vary depending on the actual property.
  2. Keep a clear line of sight​ to a previous scan.
  3. Keep the camera 24 in (60 cm) away from walls and objects.
    • This will help avoid slices, warps, and distortion. ​ 
  4. Scan before a door and after entering but not directly inside the threshold.
  5. Scan in a clean, clear grid pattern​ for a professional look.


Highlight the Best Parts

Your selection of scan positions tells a story. By taking more scans in an area, you're encouraging users to spend more time exploring there.

Beautiful kitchen with a breakfast bar? Warm, inviting living room with a fireplace? These are all terrific areas take a few more scans.

Don't worry about taking too many scans. You can always hide some later in Workshop. Learn more.


Hallways & Narrow Areas

Generally, you'll want to move in a straight line down hallways  a zig-zag approach can be jarring for users. 

If you're in a narrow area, keep the camera at least 18 in (45 cm) away from the wall and other objects. This is to avoid alignment errors and distortions in the 2D panorama.



  1. Scan two to three feet (60 to 90 cm) before and after the threshold.
  2. Avoid scanning in the middle of a doorway.
    • If scanning in the middle of the doorway is necessary, hide the scan later in Workshop. Learn more.
  3. Keep doors consistently open or closed the entire time you are on-site.
    • If necessary to prop a door open for navigation, then prop the door so it is open 45º.


Floors & Stairs

For buildings with multiple floors, start at the bottom floor and move up.

This is not a hard requirement, but it is logical and easy to follow.

Furthermore, it's easier to place and adjust the tripod when you are moving up the stairs instead of going down the stairs. Take extra care so the tripod is stable and won't fall.

Learn more about scanning for multiple floors.

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