How To Edit 360 Videos – Complete Beginner’s Guide

Most of the new videographers wonder how to take their videos to the next level after capturing the scenes in 360 degrees. You will be like, how can I do this? Will my final edit look creepy? Or which software can I use to edit my videos? Worry no more because in this article we will provide you with a complete beginner’s guide on how to edit 360 videos.  

Among the first steps to achieving a successful and professional edit is choosing the right editing software. This software must contain the right tools and features suitable for editing 360 videos. But before we go deeply into software, lets first understand 360-degree videos. 

Explanation of the 360-degree videos

The beginning of the great 360 videos starts with capturing great 360-degree footage.  And to capture impressive footage, you will need a good camera. All these will end in the editing part, where you will need the best editing tools and features that suit 360 videos.

360-degree videos are also known as spherical videos or immersive videos. These names come from the word 360-degree, which means that all possible angles of the videos are recorded at the same time while shooting the footage. The cameras used to capture the videos are usually either a collection of cameras or omnidirectional camera.

But how will a viewer see on a normal slat display? It’s simple; it works like a panorama where the viewer has control of the direction to view while on playback in a normal flat display. Also, projectors can be used to display the videos but are arranged in a sphere-like manner.  

So, to make your 360 videos look good when editing, you will need to trim out the unwanted parts, do color correction, add some suitable transitions, and even audio correction if need be. One other thing is that there are two types of 360 videos –the Stereoscopic and Monoscopic.

  • Stereoscopic. This is a type of 360-video that mostly requires a VR headset. This is because of its immersive virtual reality videos that have utilized the 3D in its edit. You can see objects flying around you or even extend your arm to touch something in that video. These usually require pros to make quality and realistic video. They have real depth perception.
  • Monoscopic. On the other side, this is the most common type of 360 video. The videos may be 360-degree rendered or flat rendered, but they lack the real perception depth. For example, that real perception we see in google street view.

What are some of the popular 360 video editing software or APPs?

Virtual reality editing requires great 360 video editing tools. Therefore, one of the essential tools is 360 video editing software or apps. So, what are the current quality and most-used apps of software?

1. Adobe Premiere pro

This is one of the most popular video editing software in the market. Adobe launched the VR editing tools during IBC 2017.  Adobe premiere pro is available in adobe creative cloud, and not only does premier pro have VR video editing tools but also Adobe After Effects. 

Compatibility: Windows and macOS.
Pricing: $20.99 Monthly subscription for a single app.

2. Adobe after effects

It is another app from Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

Compatibility: Windows and macOS.
Pricing: $20.99 monthly subscription.

3. Final Cut Pro

Final cut pro is another commonly used video editor that is also equipped with VR video editing features and tools. If you find this app interesting to you, first, be sure that you have gone through the apps requirement for 360-degree video editing. If it suits your pc, then you can proceed with the installation. 

Compatibility: macOS.
Pricing: $299.99 

4. Mocha VR

If you are going to be dealing with a ton of footage that needs a good planner, then this app is an ideal choice for you. For 360 video editing, this app comes with a whole 360-degree optimized workflow. The importance of this is to simplify the process of cinematic VR post-production. The other good thing about this app is that it comes as either a standalone app or a plugin for various 360 video editing apps. For example, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Vegas Pro, and Avid media composer. And more importantly, it is an award-winning planner tracking app.

Compatibility: macOS and Windows.
Price: $295 for 12-month subscription.

How to edit a 360 video: Step by step guide 

With one or various of this software installed in your PC, then editing your 360 footage will be super easy. But it all comes to three fundamental principles that will be complemented by other stuff. These principles are trim, merge, and add titles. all these have to be done with one thing in mind, “your footage should tell a story.” Therefore, as a beginner, your refining process should be enjoyable and less crispy. That said, let’s start with a step by step guide.

1. Trim your video accordingly

The first step to taking your footage to the next level is a proper trimming of your footage. So, you should define what it should be in the video and what should not be included. After that, edit the unwanted parts out. While trimming, ensure the scenery that you want to show your audience is clear. After a complete trimming of every footage, and you are satisfied with them, then you move to the next step.

2. Merging your footages

This is a point in which you edit or organize your videos to tell the story. And to make that to happen when you have to merge videos, trim some parts, and you can even split the videos only if it suits the moment in that video. For instance, comparing two places, then splitting the video will be appropriate. 

3. Adding titles or subtitles

After the two steps above, adding text at this point is usually advisable. This a point at which most editors choose to add titles before heading to the last stages of editing their 360 videos. Add text to merge the audio and transition so as not to affect the mood of the video. You can animate the text, at least but not over animation. To do it right, let the background of the footage dictate how you are going to animate that text. For instance, in the footage, there is wind; you can add a fade-out transition to your text that marge the activity in the footage. Just tailor it to suit best to that situation.

4. Set the tone of the final edit

If you have done all the other things right, then at this point, you can correct the tone of your video. For instance, adding music to remove the remaining background noises or to add an emotional touch to the message being passed by the video. The other thing is a color correction to avoid having crispy footage or to avoid footage that changes colors from one scene to another unless otherwise. 

How to do this is by:

  • Choosing the soundtrack that compliments the cation in the video.
  • You can record a voice over if need be.
  • Color grade your footage to create a standard 360-degree video.

And these are all you need to know about editing your 360-degree footage. Otherwise, thanks for stopping by.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *