In this article we give an overview of where stitching fits into the VR video production workflow, and show you step-by-step how to use Pixvana's SPIN Studio Stitcher.
What is Stitching?
Stitching is an essential step in the VR video production workflow, where individual raw camera data is combined to create a piece of 360 footage. These video products can then be processed and worked into the timeline of a greater project with software including Adobe Premiere and After Effects, and using SPIN Studio's Story feature [coming soon]
Most stitching of VR Videos is done using a variety of desktop software, some of which are extremely powerful. Each software automates the process differently -- in some, most of the work in stitching is done for you, while with others you have more control. On most of these applications, however, it is very difficult to stitch multiple videos in parallel, as it takes a large amount of the computer’s processing power to render the videos.
Stitching VR Videos with Pixvana SPIN Studio
Using SPIN Studio, not only is the stitching process mostly automated, but it is also performed entirely in the cloud. All you have to do is upload your raw footage and SPIN Studio will take care of the rest. Using dozens or even hundreds of GPU servers, you can render multiple stitches simultaneously in the cloud, drastically decreasing the time needed to complete one or multiple projects
What our SPIN Studio Stitcher Currently Supports
Our stitcher currently only suppers 360 mono video. We currently support four different cameras: the GoPro Omni, the Insta360 Pro, the ZCam V1 Pro, the ZCam S1 and the Kandao Obsidian.
How to use Pixvana's SPIN Studio Stitcher, Step-by-Step
1. Upload your raw video footage into the cloud using Pixvana’s Uploader Application. The uploaded assets will appear in the Library of Pixvana SPIN Studio.
2. Then login to SPIN Studio, and create your stitch -- there are two ways to do this:
- In the LIBRARY tab, multi-select (shift and click) your raw footage, and click ‘Create Stitch Project’, located at the top-right side of your screen.
- In the PREP tab, click ‘Create Stitch Project’ at the top-left side of your screen
3. Name your stitch, and select the camera used to shoot your footage.
4. Your preview should then load, along with an editing panel on the left side of your screen.
5. Set or adjust the horizon using one of the following methods:
- Drag on the preview itself.
- Using the ‘Set Nadir’ function, just click on the location of your camera rig and it will automatically move to the southernmost point of the preview.
- In the ‘VIEWPOINT ROTATIONS’ drop-down menu on the left side of SPIN Studio, use the ‘Tilt’ and ‘Roll’ sliders to further adjust the horizon
6. Center your video. The center of your shot will determine which part of your shot viewers will be looking at immediately upon entering the video. Using the ‘Pan’ slider under ‘Viewpoint Rotations’, line up the center of your shot with the intersection of solid, light-blue grid lines.
Note: at the bottom there are shortcuts for several of the commands, including 'Pan' and 'Set Nadir'
7. Using the ‘COLOR ADJUSTMENTS’ dropdown, add a color filter to your video.
- Be sure to take advantage of our camera-specific color filters, which automatically take care of color adjustments typically needed for the Insta360 Pro and GoPro Omni
8. Once you’re finished, click the blue ‘STITCH “NAME OF YOUR STITCH”’ button at the top-right corner of the screen. Your stitch will immediately begin rendering in your Library.
9. Your stitch will immediately begin rendering within the Library under the Library section or folder where your source footage is stored. Please give SPIN Studio 5-10 seconds to display the stitched footage. If you don't see the video stitching, refresh your browser.
When the video has finished rendering, it will immediately start encoding. Once encoding has finished, you can Download your stitched footage, Publish it to Steam or YouTube, add it to a SPIN and cast it to your VR headset, or use it in a larger project in the STORY tab [coming soon]
Want to Learn More?
Watch this webinar hosted by our Product Manager, Beverly Vessella, where she walks through use of the stitcher in further detail. And be sure to check out this article for more information on stitching high-quality VR video.
Pixvana's SPIN Studio Stitcher will be available soon to all SPIN Studio users. Want access as soon as it’s available? Sign up for SPIN Studio today!