Using Skydrive to host a Real Estate Listing Video


I had an opportunity to create a virtual tour video for my parents Real Estate Company.  All of the tools used were from Microsoft.  So here’s the quick 101 on creating, uploading and posting a Virtual Tour video using SkyDrive.

The part is creating the Video.  I know a lot of you have your super Macs and high fidelity stuff but if you don’t and need to do something like this…   Well here goes…

Start with Windows Live Photo Gallery.  Why?  Editing the photos prior to putting them into the video…

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So you’ve got a photo you want to use but, it’s crooked, or needs to be cropped…

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Kind of looks like the ceiling is slanted…

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A little corrective action, and the photo looks a lot better.  Once all the photos are “touched up”.  It’s time to build the movie.  Enter windows movie maker…

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Simply import your photos…

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and you start to build your video…

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add your title…

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Possibly some effects…

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Now that you got the basics… you end up with your video…

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Ok, so you got your video and it’s ready to push up to SkyDrive…

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So by simply using the SkyDrive Icon…

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Choose the resolution…

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Log in to Live…

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Choose an existing folder or create a new one and click publish

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Once uploaded…

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You can watch online, etc…

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Open up Microsoft SkyDrive…

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There’s your video, all ready to go.  Now you need to share it on a web page…

By clicking on Sharing, you are presented with options of how you can share the video…

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The default is for email but in this case I need to imbed it on a web page.  Clicking on “Get a Link” presents a couple of choices…

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View Only was the option I chose.  By doing this, it creates an embeddable link that I can use on a web page.

You can use the initial link

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or create a shortened link…

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And that’s it.  Place this link on a web page or Facebook… and you’re done.

You can see the finished video here on it’s listing web page.

I’ve also used SkyDrive to embed the Mansions Photo here….

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