Video editors like Pinnacle Studio Ultimate offer 360 video editing that allow you to take your 360 footage to the next level. Simply add your 360 video to the timeline and trim or enhance the colors in your video as you would to a standard video. By right clicking on your footage in Pinnacle Studio you can access additional 360 controls, like adding 360 responsive titles, or converting fisheye to equirectangular formats.
The only drawbacks are that so far it seems my exports are limited to 2.7K. I don’t know if that’s because my video clips are not from the Virb 360 or because of my PC hardware. I did order the Virb 360, which I hope to receive soon to see if I will be able to get 4K. You can download Virb Edit here (for Windows or Mac).UPDATE: This is bizarre, but I’ve found that if the footage I use is from Xiaomi or 2016 Gear 360, I can export at 4K 30 fps. If it’s from the 2017 Gear 360 (4096 x 2048), it’s limited to 2.7K. But if I mix footage from Xiaomi and 2017 Gear 360, I can export at 4k. On the other hand, if I add clips from the Nano or Air, the maximum I can export is 2.7K.
So you’ve bought a 360 camera and want to start shooting some awesome 360 video. After you’ve shot your video you’ll probably want to do a bit of editing; trimming, color correction, filters, add text, sounds simple enough right? Unfortunately no. 360 video is special and therefore the normal editing programmes and apps won’t work, you’ll need to use ones that are specifically deigned to edit 360 video. Thankfully there are now more a few excellent software options (both free and paid) out already that will allow you to easily edit 360 video. I’ve included links to where you can download each piece of software/app below.
To edit a 360-degree video with Magix Movie Edit Pro you first need to create a 360-degree project and then switch to the 360-degree view. The software will stitch all your spherical videos in real time, but how long the process is going to last depends on the size of each file you're stitching together. The software's video monitor displays only a portion of the entire spherical video, but you can easily change which part of the shot is visible by clicking on the video monitor and dragging the mouse cursor. Besides enabling you to stitch 360-degree videos, Magix Movie Edit Pro also lets you apply video effects, adjust colors or add overlaying images to the original video. However, the software's exporting features are somewhat limited, because you can't upload 360-degree videos directly from the software to online video sharing platforms.
Over the last few years omnidirectional cameras have grown in popularity, and capturing 4K 360-degree videos no longer requires you to spend a lot of money on a camera. Finding video stitching software that enables you to edit your spherical videos and share them on social networks is not as simple. Professional video editing software products like Adobe After Effects or Final Cut Pro are probably among the best options for advanced 360-degree video producers, while CyberLink PowerDirector or Movie Magix Pro are better adjusted to accommodate the needs of less experienced 360-degree video editors.
A great video isn’t just about images. Without clear audio you lose much of the emotional impact. Music can make a big difference in immersing your audience into your experience. Often time camera pick up white noise such as wind, which can take away from the playback experience. Why not add a soundtrack to your video to set the mood you want share. Be sure to pick a soundtrack to compliment the action on screen.
There are several other apps that can do similar things, but the Collect apps interface is perfect for mobile use and makes it really easy to edit your videos. Once you’ve finished editing you can preview your new videos then either save them to your device or share them. I use the collect App when I’ve shot a few short 360 videos in the same location and want to merge them into an easy to watch longer video, the controls and interface allow me to do so in just a few minutes.
Facebook (parent company of VR headset maker Oculus VR) followed suit by adding 360-degree video support in September 2015, and subsequently unveiled reference designs for its own 360-degree camera systems known as Facebook Surround 360. Facebook announced in March 2017 that more than 1 million 360-degree videos had been uploaded to Facebook to date. Vimeo also launched 360-degree video support in March 2017.