Matterport is a Sunnyvale based company that is popular for its 3D scanning software and IR based 360° camera – the Pro2. One of the best examples is promoting luxury real estate. Here, a house for sale can be displayed in 3D, complete with floor plans, room measurements, information tags and of course – the images that bring in that ‘wow’ factor.
Think of Matterport as Google for built up structures. The high-end camera, the Pro2 is designed to typically capture details of interiors. Note that it is totally different from the Insta360 Pro 2, which is designed for professional filmmaking (and would not work with the Matterport app).
The good news is that the 3D platform can also be used with other consumer level 360° cameras such as the Insta360 ONE X and Ricoh Theta. The great news is that the app now supports imagery from an iPhone. This is still in Beta phase and an Android version is slated to be launched soon. Before we dig deeper, we recommend watching this one-minute video to understand the Matterport platform better.
What's the Catch?
Yes, the software works with your iPhone, but you’re going to need professional cameras for better quality. There’s Matterport Pro2 and the Leica BLK360 which is a laser-based 360° camera for 3D scans. Here’s another 1.5 minute video for you to appreciate hardware that offers high levels of 3D accuracy.
If you would like to experiment with just your iPhone for now, you can subscribe to the free plan where one user can use one active space. The same plan can also be used for the Insta360 ONE X. The next upgrade is the Starter plan, where you have 5 active spaces (that you can share) for one user. This costs $9.99 per month.
The professional and business plans allow multiple users, Street View publishing and other features. Either of these two plans are required to use with the Pro2 and BLK360.
You may use your iPhone for all the plans and can experiment for free right away though.
Good to know:
To shoot with the iPhone or the Insta360 ONE X, the mobile app would install Cortex, that converts 2D into 3D imagery, because these devices don’t have active depth sensors. Ensure you have enough storage space in your iPhone because you will need it to capture multiple rooms and floors.
Use a tripod if you can because so that the scans are more accurate and steady. If you have shot Google Street View images using a smartphone, that tactic of turning around your heel may not be the best practice here because this is 3D imagery of a room involving specific dimensions.
You can take multiple scans in the same room, add tags, mark windows and more. Visit this link to see a sample of a home office – https://www.matterport.com/industries/gallery/spacious-and-bright-home-office
We will be introducing some special offers for the subscription plans in India soon. Stay home, have fun!