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Aerial Frog FAQs on the most common Aerial Photography and Virtual Tour questions????

Q: What is 3D Tour scanning?

A: In plain English, it’s the creation of a virtual walk-through of a space such as a house or a business. We use a 3D Virtual Tour camera called a Matterport. Check our pricing in this FAQ page for current rates.


In more professional terms, a 3D Virtual Tour is a three-dimensional representation of a real-world location created from 2D (RGB) imagery and 3D data from the 3D Camera. A 3D Virtual Space can be navigated on a desktop or mobile web browser, and in virtual reality through a Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, or Google Daydream.

Combined with seamless hosting and our web player called 3D Showcase, 3D Spaces create a complete 3D media ecosystem for businesses to leverage 3D models of real places for many purposes — property marketing, construction, facilities management, and news/entertainment.

Click here to see a sample real- estate property

Click here to see a sample commercial property



Q: How long does it take to capture a property?

A: Depending on the size of the property, onsite time can vary. A typical 2000 square foot home or business can take up to 3 hours. This time includes 3D scanning, video footage and aerial flight time.


Q: Once my footage has been collected, how long does it take for final product to be delivered?

A: We know job complexity and customer needs vary. Time for delivery can also vary from project to project. While a 3D Virtual Tour creation may take up to one business day to stitch together, creating a fully produced video could take 3 days or more.  We partner with our customers throughout the process to ensure the timeliest delivery of the final product.


Q: How much do your services cost?

A: Several factors affect the cost of aerial photography such as location, footage needed, risk management, equipment, etc. For this reason, it is best to contact us to discuss your vision. Our pricing typically ranges from $150-$500 for smaller jobs such as real estate or small commercial locations.

Base pricing for Matterport 3D Virtual Tour scans only, 0.10/sq. ft.

Produced video costs vary due to complexity of the project, location, final video length, etc.

Call us to discuss your project needs. Affordable package solutions are available!



Q: Do you just offer aerial photos of real-estate?

A: Yes and no! Allow us to explain. We can just provide you with aerial photos of a property. Clients often will provide a shot list to our pilot. In addition to real estate and commercial property shots, we also provide aerial photography for weddings, parties, club events and much more. Our expertise ranges from small and intimate to complex shot lists at multiple locations. Most frequently, our clients request photos, video clips and fully edited videos.

Q: How do I know you are a licensed and insured pilot?

A: A reputable aerial photographer will not hesitate to provide you with a copy of their flight insurance binder upon request. Anyone flying a drone for commercial purposes needs to carry flight liability insurance. No exceptions. This protects the pilot and the client(s) in the event the drone crashes and damages property. Flight insurance is very different than general business liability or professional liability insurance, and it is exceedingly rare that a general business or professional liability insurance will cover the flying of or any damage done by a drone. Depending on the scope of your project, a basic bare bones liability policy may not be enough. We can help!

Q: Is a UAS license required by the FAA?

A: Yes. The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is heavily regulated. Drone photography requires special licensing by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), anytime images captured by a UAS are used in furtherance of a business. Licensed operators receive a card, similar to a driver’s license, after they have passed a test. Pilots must also register their aircraft. The reason for all these safety precautions is to keep people on the ground safe and to keep planes safe in the airspace.

Q: Is an airspace permit or authorization required?

A: Authorization is required in controlled airspace. In some cases, authorization can be obtained in as little as one day. For uncontrolled airspace, authorization is not required. We will help you to understand the parameters of your job and airspace requirements.

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