Filming professional 360 video can be intimidating without the right workflow in place. This video course walks the aspiring VR filmmaker through all the steps necessary to take a sphere of GoPro cameras and transform the footage into professional 360 video content that can be published to YouTube, GearVR, VRideo and other 360 platforms.
With 20 video lessons, this course will explain how to set up and prepare your equipment for a 360 VR shoot, best practices for achieving quality results, and the post-production process of stitching and editing 360 videos.
Basic troubleshooting and stitching techniques for Autopano Video Pro are covered in the post-production lessons as well as some tips for color correcting footage. We'll go on a sample demo shoot together and stitch that footage in the lesson.
Welcome to the 360 video course with GoPro cameras and AutoPano Video Pro Stitching software. We'll go over everything you need to know to start filming 360 video. Remember, you will need GoPros and stitching software to complete this course.
An overview of the equipment needed to film 360 Video with GoPro cameras and a 360 Rig. You'll need these basics to make filming possible. GoPro Cameras, a 360 rig, Batteries, SD Cards, Lens Wipes, Audio Equipment, and of course Software. You will need some stitching software like AVP or VideoStitch.
Navigating the menus and settings of the GoPros can be tricky. With all the options, you'll need a roadmap to make sure you use the correct settings to film beautiful 360 footage. With the wrong settings, you'll encounter problems and lose time. This lesson covers the best format for filming great 360 stitch friendly footage.
Setting up the remote control so you can operate all GoPros with the push of a button is critical for a fast moving production. Learn how to make that happen in this lesson. Just a note: Having wifi enabled on your cameras drains the battery faster. Be sure to disable wifi when not in use.
Learn how to get your cameras loaded to your rig and prepared for the shoot.
Learn the best practices for positioning your actors, setting up your shots and camera height, and achieving consistent results.
Learn the steps to make a 360 VR shoot come to life as we record a demo scene on our building's parking garage.
This lesson covers how to care for your equipment and footage after your filming is done. With all the many components and gadgets involved in 360 filming, it's important to stay organized.
Learn some quick tips to rename your footage in an organized fashion so you can wrap your brain around things without getting shots mixed up.
Part one of organizing your footage to help prevent errors while stitching
Part two of organizing your footage to help prevent errors while stitching
We'll be getting things ready to remove the tripod from our footage by preparing images and organizing footage.
Learn a quick skill in Photoshop to remove the tripod from all of your cameras before stitching. If you don't have Photoshop or an image editing software, you can skip this section and still be able to complete the course. You will just have a tripod in your final export.
This is one of the most important lessons with some great practices along the way. We'll be synchronizing our cameras and exporting them out in a new version with tripods removed.
Here, we will import our synchronized files from Premiere into AVP and begin the stitching process, don't worry, the software is smart!
In this lesson we'll go over some basic practices to finesse and polish seams and blend parallax.
This lesson is about how to use the automatic color balancing tool in AVP to blend the different lenses together.
A very important lesson; we'll go over the types of outputs that will produce great quality images and how to avoid artifacts and pixelation.
This is a quick lesson on importing your stitched footage into Premiere and applying a color grade. **Note - be sure to avoid using Sharpness or Blur on 360 videos as the pixels won't match when the image wraps around itself.
We're all set! Time to add music and export our final video from Premiere so we can upload it to our favorite VR platform.
Here is the final export of the 360 video all stitched and exported with a fun music track. Download the file in resources to view in your Samsung Gear VR. I will also include a link to this video on YouTube so you can experience it in 360.
Noah Scott started his film career with $15 and an iPhone, walking across Japan to produce a 31 episode travel documentary. Currently, he runs the production
team Herovision and is preparing distribution for his directorial debut feature film, “Scramble” produced with the team at LA REELS.
Noah is focused on helping brands and coaches produce quality content to uplift and ignite positive change. He also is an active public speaker and writes a blog on the Herovision website.