360° Workflow for Behind the Sail

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The Samsung Gear 360 was designed to transfer and stitch footage seamlessly with the latest Galaxy phone. If you don’t have a Samsung phone, the camera also comes with the free stitching / editing program Action Director which is compatible with Windows 10. But if like me you like your iPhone and are working with a Mac, there is a way to get a proper stitch without having to invest in expensive software like VideoStitch Studio ($745) or Kolor Autopano Video Pro (€699.84 for the bundle).

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To view: Chrome browser w/YouTube Settings 4k


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At first I started with a demo version of Autopano Video Pro. By testing a workaround that I found on YouTube, where you can export two 1920×1920 files (back + front camera view) with Adobe Premiere (Pro CC 2015) and then import / stitch with APVP, it was clear that this was too time consuming when the camera comes with free software to do this automatically. Then I realized, why go through this workaround when I can run the (free) Samsung Action Director app with Boot Camp and Windows 10 Pro ($199).

When you import this media, Action Director automatically processes the stitch and saves to a designated folder. Copy the now stitched files (_Stitch_YHC.MP4) to an SD card and restart to launch OS X. With Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 you can edit, audio mix and color grade. I use Adobe Media Encoder CC 2015 to export the sequence, with match sequence settings and “video is VR” selected.

Download the Spatial Media Metadata Injector app to attach the necessary metadata for YouTube and Facebook to recognize that the video as VR 360. To play the video locally, recommend the GoPro VR Player which is a free app.

Resources & Inspiration:

Walking New York: http://with.in/watch/nyt-mag-vr-walking-new-york/
björk: stonemilker (360 degree virtual reality): https://youtu.be/gQEyezu7G20
Facebook 360: https://facebook360.fb.com/learn/
GoPro VR: https://youtu.be/9_XPYtyiMWE?list=PLSSPBo7OVSZt1kg5D2Z13-sBn9TqzTbUV
Gear 360: http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/gear-360/