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360° Content Editing

This guide will help you capture, edit and share 360° content using equipment available in the Experience Lab. Your content can be viewed both on traditional devices and in VR (Virtual Reality) headsets. 360° content has a wide range of teaching and learning applications through immersive storytelling. Some examples include virtual field schools, historical site tours, broadcast journalism, interior design, museum tour and new world exploration.

360° Camera Models

The primary 360° cameras being used in this guide are the GoPro Fusion & Ricoh Theta. These are both available for checkout from the Experience Lab. For more details about each of the cameras review the Beginners Guide° to 360 Cameras guide, the GoPro Fusion Guide or the Ricoh Theta Guide.

GoPro Fusion Ricoh Theta V

The fusion is a 360 camera that captures high res 360 content in demanding environments including water and snow.

GoPro fusion studio allows you to stitch, edit and reframe your content.

The Theta one-click camera that takes 360° photos and videos and automatically stitches them together. 
Features
  • 5.2K30 or 3k60 360° Video
  • 5.2k Photo
  • Waterproof to 5m without a case
  • Shock resistant for active environments
  • 75-minute battery life
Features
  • 4K30 360° Video
  • ~5k Photos
  • One-click recording
  • PC, iOS and Android apps
  • 4k 360 live streaming 
  • 19GBs of internal 
Requirements
  • The 360° content requires stitching in Fusion Studio on a PC or Mac (available on experience Lab computers).
  • Two high capacity Mirco SD cards.
Requirements
  • The additional case needed to be waterproof (available from the Experience Lab).
  • An additional device needed to download and edit content.

 

Using the 360° Cameras

Below are some basic functions of the GoPro and the Ricoh Theta V cameras. There are also more detialed guides for the GoPro Fusion and the Ricoh Theta V available. 

GoPro Fusion Ricoh Theta V

The camera only features two buttons, a Shutter button and a Recording button.

  • Power On and Off - Hold Mode for one second
  • Change Modes - Press Mode
  • Video Mode
  • Photo Mode
  • Timelapse
  • Settings - Press and hold Mode till the settings come up, press mode to cycle and press shutter to change a setting.
  • Recording or Photo - Press the Shutter to start, press to stop

The camera uses 1 primary button with 3 smaller secondary buttons on the side.

  • Power On and Off- Press the topmost button on the side
  • Change Modes - Press the bottommost button on the side
  • Wifi - Press and hold the middle button on the side till the light turns on
  • Recording or Photo - Press the large primary button on the device to start and stop

Processing 360° Content

GoPro Fusion Ricoh Theta V

Content captured with the GoPro Fusion has to be processed with Fusion Studio (available on Experience Lab computers) prior to editing in traditional software.

  1. Open Fusion Studio and select Browse Camera Media. Keep the camera connected.
  2. Preview your shots and trim them if desired. If you want multiple of the same shot select create a copy.
  3. Adjust your settings as desired.
  4. Overcaputre - Flat video from 360
  5. Stabilization - Anti Shake preserves the rotation of the clip.
  6. Add to the Render Queue when finished and select the appropriate settings for the process.
  7. Repeat the process for the remaining clips.
  8. Click the render tab and render all. Your clips will begin rendering, this may take some time. 
The 360° content created by Theta is already stitched in the camera. They can be treated like any other file.

 

Editing 360° Videos

For this guide, we will use Adobe’s video editing suite, Premiere Pro. The computer’s in the Experience Lab and additional computers in the library have this software. 

 

Importing 

  1. The first step is to create a Premiere Pro project. The default settings are appropriate, leave them as is. Screenshot image
  2. To bring your files into the project, drag them from their imported folder to the bin in Premiere Pro. Screenshot image
  3. Once the files have been imported into the bin drag your first clip to the blank timeline. This will ask if you would like to allow it to change in the sequence settings; select yes. Screenshot image

Viewing 

  1. To view your video in a 360° viewport, toggle the VR Video Display; a 1:1 square in which you can move the view.Screenshot image
  2. To widen this viewport and reflect most headsets and the YouTube Viewer.
    1. Open the settingsScreenshot image
    2. Open VR settings Screenshot image
    3. Change the settings to 170°Screenshot image

Editing

  1. With the video now imported you can edit the video as you would normally. Note, cutting works as intended, the text will be placed on a sphere and some transitions will not work.Screenshot image
  2. In some situations, you might want to change the default VR view, this can be done by setting the default positions with the VR Rotate Sphere effect. If you have large amounts of text the VR Plane to Sphere effect can be used to flatten it. Screenshot image

Exporting 

  1. Select the sequence in the bin, then navigate to File > Export > Media. This will open a dialogue box.screenshot image
  2. Choose appropriate settings for your project, the default for YouTube are listed.
    1. Export Settings
      i) H.264
      ii) Match source - High bitrate
    2. Bitrate Settings 
      i) Target bitrate - 45 Mbps for 4k
      ii) Quality - Good
    3. VR video
      i) This video is VR
      ii) Frame Layout - Monoscopic Screenshot imagescreenshot image

Viewing 360° Video

Once you have your final 360° video you have the option to share it through YouTube or locally on headsets.

Local Viewing 

  1. Connect your headset to the computer, the headset will appear as a drive. On a Mac, you will need to install Android File Transfer.screenshot image
  2. Put on the headset and ‘Allow access to data’ by selecting OK.
  3. Drag your selected 360° to the devices folder VR-Headset>Internal Shared Storage>Movies.screenshot image
  4. Your imported photo and videos will appear in the Gallery tab on the headset.

Youtube Account

  1. If you want to share your video and access it on multiple devices, YouTube allows you to upload 360 videos. You will need a Gmail account for this. You can:
    1. Use your pre-existing Gmail account. All Gmail accounts are YouTube accounts.
    2. Create a Gmail account, either by creating a new email address or using a pre-existing one from another provider.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube. This will take a while as the video needs to be processed after uploading it. If you wish to keep the video private set it to Unlisted. This will still give you a link to share.screenshot image
  3. After the video is processed, confirm it is VR by ensuring that you can drag the view.

Viewing

  1. Open the URL in a VR browser on your headset or phone. This will play the video in a 360 viewer or take you to the YouTube app.
  2. Open the video on the YouTube app. On a phone, you can watch as a flat video or place in a Google Cardboard you look around. In a headset, you can look around to change the view.

Editing 360° Images

Both cameras have the ability to shoot photos, while the photos from the Theta can be edited right away, the photos from the fusion need to be stitched together using the Fusion Studio software following the same process as videos. 

Importing

  1. Open the file in Photoshop as you would with any photo and apply any edits you would like such as colour balance and exposure. screenshot image

Viewing

  1. Create a 360° panoramic, telling Photoshop that this is a 360° photo. It will ask you to enter a 3D workspace, click yes.screenshot image
  2. Adjust the FOV to your liking to frame the shot if you want a normal photograph. If you are exporting the full 360° you can skip this step.

  3. Drag the photo to move the view. You can export this view as a flat image.

Exporting

Flat Image (the current view)

  1. Crop the image to the appropriate size and select the view. 
  2. Export by selected ‘Export As...’ screenshot

360° Photo for use with a 360° viewer

  1. Export by selecting “Export Panorama…”screenshot image

Viewing

360° photos can be viewed in various viewers such as:

  1. Google Photos (recommended)
  2. Google Tour Creator
  3. Facebook
  4. Google Street View

 

 

 

Contacts

If you have any questions, would like to check out the equipment/software, or just come and try out more technology visit the experience lab during open hours