The most intimidating factor for people who are new to 360 ° videos is ” how to put all the images together?”Only the term “sewing” seems laborious. Fortunately for us, this is not the matter at all. Sewing software has come a long way in just a few years, and companies like Kolor have really focused on streamlining the process. In this tutorial you will learn how to embroider 360 ° videos with AutoPano Video Pro and we hope you will understand the steps related to the process.
A short prologue for a 360°video
Once 360° is sewn, it will normally be in a Format called equirectangular. (This is the same Format as a world map, which is a sphere that looks flat.) You can see distortions at the top and bottom of the image that would be the polar areas on a sphere.
The number of cameras needed to create a 360 ° equirectangular image may vary. It could go anywhere from a single dual-lens camera (like a Samsung Gear 360 or Ricoh Theta S) to multiple camera system configurations like the GoPro Omni, which consists of six cameras. Other configurations can include three, four, or an unlimited number of cameras. Once You have sewn, no matter how many Cameras You have used, the Film even Equirectangular Format. In my matter today, I sewed images of six GoPros.
AutoPano Video Pro
In this tutorial, I will use AutoPano Video Pro 3.0 to embroider my 360°video. AutoPano Video Pro is the industry standard for assembling 360° images and is popular with many VR filmmakers. Once the program is launched, all we have to do is drag and drop our Clips to get started.
A great aspect Of AutoPano Video Pro is that it has all the settings at the top — in the order in which we need to use them. Thus, they act as easy-to-follow instructions for the sewing process.
360 image synchronization
The first step is to sync your recording together. If you are using a DIY camera platform or a platform that does not start all cameras at the same time, just click the Sync button at the top. You will then have the option to synchronize your Clips with Audio or movement. (This allows you to review all your Clips and align them to your preference.) I usually prefer audio sync, but if you haven’t recorded Audio, you can sync it with Motion. In my matter, since I used the GoPro Omni, all cameras were synced by default.
The next step is sewing, which you can select at the top of the Stitch tab. From there you can select different camera options and whether you want the point analysis to be done at one Position in time or Analyze multiple positions (ideal for moving 360 photos). From there, just click Stitch and AutoPano Video Pro will automatically embroider the Clips. Once the stitch is complete, you will see a real-time preview of the 360° stitched video, and you can balance the horizon line by clicking and dragging on the image.
Now we can switch to stabilization by clicking on The Bar tab in the top menu. In the stabilization tab, the settings include the amount of stabilization that ranges from fast movements to full stabilization. Settings such as fast motion only stabilize the 360° video while allowing for natural rotation and movement. Complete stabilization will try to get rid of all unwanted movements and keep The horizon flat and static.