They need to allow us some basic editing / post processing features
As 360 and VR awareness rapidly increases and with Google's continued roll-out of its Street View Business programme, I'm finding clients are more receptive to my pitch for business.
However, there are two problems:
Firstly the guys offering bespoke 360 tours with DSLR's have a head start on us as they have been posting to Street View since the programme was launched. They also have the ability to represent multi-level tours. Nothing we can do about that until Matterport is ready to release its Beta programme.
But secondly, there is a glaring problem that I feel is not being addressed at all and that is our complete inability to do any post-processing. We cannot edit / manipulate Matterport models in terms of:
1. Lighting - every photographer's medium, it seems self-defeating that we can't control light levels to capture mood and effect (eg. dimly lit romantic restaurants etc.)
2. Perspective - all the Matterport photospheres are distorted according to the wide-angle of the lens. Again it seems insane to me that, pitching to realtors, we don't have the option to correct something as simple as barrel distortion to optimise the architectural representation. You only have to look at round.me for examples of the kind of things our DSLR competitors can achieve.
3. Outdoors - while I understand the infa-red limitations of the Pro Camera in terms of scanning, it seems silly that I can't take a panorama of the back yard / garden and link it to the interior model in post, nor can I navigate through closed doors. Surely this is a simple fix?
In summary I realise Matterport has a brand and reputation to maintain, but why not at least give us a limited number of lighting options and some perspective options? The Outdoor fix I'm sure is an easy one to remedy.
I look forward to any answers.