I'm interested in making a 360 degree YouTube video, but because I don't have a 360 camera I decided to find another way to do so.
I found it in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiojqF-60MU. I'd like to make a video with the effect you can see from 0:01 - 0:05 and from 1:32 - 1:46, but instead of having the same video placed 4 times, I'd like to have different videos in the different directions.
I don't know how to achieve this. I have a lot of experience with Sony Vegas Pro and After Effects, but since 360 videos are new to me I don't have any idea how to this.
Can anyone give me tips?
Thanks a lot!
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Last edited by pietstreepjer; 5th Oct 2015 at 14:46. Reason: spelling mistake
First, you should NOT use just 4 views: to stitch it properly, you need a bit of overlap (it uses that to match & crossfade the stitching edges). Use 5 or 6 views minimum. Though, If you are actually using totally different videos for the various perspectives, the stitcher app may baulk (it won't know what to match?)...
Second, you need a "video stitching" aware edit software. As of this point, AFAIK none of them are free (a few betas were, but they're no longer in beta). Most are ~$100> (incl. GoPro's Kolor AutoPano or PTGui or VideoStitcher Vahana Studio). Once you've created the stitched video, follow Youtube's guidelines on uploading and flagging such files.
its there a lot 360 cameras? i just know one. and it was released last September.
Not many, more than one. Plus you can use multi-cam arrays to stitch together the image (as mentioned before).
Also, you can use 2+ regular cams and a spherical reflector.
Why don't you choreograph it yourself for maximum impact? Bounce it to the beat.
Sony Vegas Pro and Premiere can both easily create 4 (or more) planes that you can manipulate in 2.5D. Give them a finished product.
My recommendations still hold (except obviously the overlap part). Maybe you can get the stitcher editor to accept non-overlapping clips...
Proof of concept, using free tools avisynth, defish() plugin . I just "eyeballed" the values and some trial and error. There is probably a mathematically correct way to do it, but my math isn't that great
***Warning: semi NSFW because Sports Illustrated video is used ***
"2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Tease" - also on YT
w=608 h=342 cr=72 ab=8 a1=0.15 b1=-0.05 c1=-0.05 orig=FFVideoSource("2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Tease - YouTube.mp4").assumefps(24).converttorgb32(matrix="rec709").spline36resize(w,h) a=orig.trim(360,600).Defish(a=a1, b=b1, c=c1).crop(cr,0,-cr,0,true).addborders(ab,0,ab,0) b=orig.trim(601,842).Defish(a=a1, b=b1, c=c1).crop(cr,0,-cr,0,true).addborders(ab,0,ab,0) c=orig.trim(843,1083).Defish(a=a1, b=b1, c=c1).crop(cr,0,-cr,0,true).addborders(ab,0,ab,0) d=orig.trim(1084,1324).Defish(a=a1, b=b1, c=c1).crop(cr,0,-cr,0,true).addborders(ab,0,ab,0) bl=blankclip(240,1920,1080,pixel_type="RGB32").assumefps(24).killaudio() left=a.crop(0,0,-240,0,true) right=a.crop(240,0,0,0,true) strip=stackhorizontal(right,b,c,d,left) overlay(bl, strip, y=(bl.height/2-strip.height/2)) # ConvertToYV12(matrix="rec709")
There is a bit of a learning curve to avisynth, but you just substitute your videos for a,b,c,d each resized to 608x342 for a 1920x1080 template base video . I used the video in post#1 as a template to get the rough size, orientation, angle . Someone could probably write a wrapper function to automate this and make it even easier to use if the values are considered to be correct (I just roughly guessed the values so far)
It should be possible in any NLE or AE, you just have to deform each video and assemble the just like the 1st video (the linear strip)
I used these instructions to upload to YT (all you really need is to inject the 360 metadata with the tool linked), there are no other special steps on uploading
Since you said you used AE, It's pretty easy to do in AE too.
1) Create a 1920x1080 composition
2) Precomp each of your videos (There are really 4 precomps, but #1 is used twice because it's split into the two "ends") .
3) Apply Optics Compensation effect to each with FOV set to 90.
4) Drop a white solid on top of each with 1272x1080 dimensions, set to luma matte (this will create the side edges cut off like in the example video in the 1st post)
5) Put the 4 precomps into the main composition, plus a duplicate of #1, each scaled to 37%
5) The x-position will be 0,480,960,1440,1920 for each of the 4 precomps (#1,#2,#3,#4,#1) , respectively
Since this is a template, and all you have to do is swap out the videos in each precomp
AE test (same video on all sides, just a lazy test)
I do notice the peripheral edges are smoother in AE (not as "serrated" or jaggy), perhaps the optics compensations is apply some anti aliasing. You could do the same in avisynth if you wanted to
Last edited by poisondeathray; 6th Oct 2015 at 17:24.
Last edited by pietstreepjer; 7th Oct 2015 at 03:07. Reason: Auto-correct ;)
your video. Do you think it's possible change the settings in the AE file in a way so the stitching line will be placed between two videos (in the black background)?
Thanks in advance
Yes, the line is there in the video in post #1 also. I just followed that template . If you look at the screenshot in post #5, it's from the first and last being split
You should be able to delete one (so there are four instead of five), and shift them all over. So it should look like this with four "boxes"
Easiest way to shift them all at once is create a null object, parent the remaining four to the null then move the x-position of the null to 1200
But youtube starts the video viewing at a vertex corner instead of straight on one face, perhaps that was why it was done that way in post #1