Edit VR videos in Adobe Premiere

To edit in Adobe Premiere Pro, your videos need to be in a supported format. You can use VR180 Creator to convert your video files by following the steps below.

Convert your footage

To change your video files into the right format, you’ll follow the process below.

VR180 editing

Step 1: Transfer your files

Send your recorded files from your camera to your computer. You can also transfer your files to your phone.

Tip: You can make a copy of your videos on Google Photos just in case. Learn how to back up and store your videos.

Step 2: Convert your footage

  1. On your computer, download VR180 Creator.
  2. Open VR180 Creator.
  3. Click Video and then Convert for editing.
  4. Select the files you want to convert.
  5. Select these settings:
    • Output field of view: 180 video
    • Output stereo layout: Top/Bottom
    • Output resolution: Optimal for input
    • Video codec
    • Video codec quality
    • Motion stabilization: On
  6. Click Convert, and then choose where to save the files.
  7. Click Export.

Step 3: Edit your project

Note: The following instructions are for Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019.

  1. On your computer, open Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019.
  2. Click File and then New and then Project.
  3. Type a name for your project.
  4. Click File and then Import.
  5. Choose the VR videos you want to edit.
    • Be sure to convert these files in VR180 Creator first.
  6. Click Import.
  7. To create a sequence, drag and drop a clip into the "Timeline" window.
  8. To set VR properties, click Sequence and then Sequence settings.
  9. Under "VR properties," next to "Projection," click the Down arrow Down arrow and then Equirectangular.
  10. Under "VR properties," next to "Layout," select Stereoscopic - over/under.
  11. Change "Horizontal captured view" to 180.
  12. Click OK.
  13. To start edits, drag any other clips into the sequence.

Add titles, graphics, and effects

  1. To the left of the "Timeline" pane, click the Type tool.
  2. Click anywhere on the video to type your title.
    • To center your text, click Effect controls and then Text and then Transform and then Position. Then, click Reset effect.
  3. Under "Effects," click Video effects and then Immersive video and then VR plane to sphere.
  4. Drag and drop the effect onto your title in the sequence.
  5. Select Windows and then Effect controls.
  6. Adjust the following settings:
    • VR plane to sphere
    • Title parameters
Optional: Set the stereo disparity

To make sure the titles display correctly in a headset, you can adjust the stereo disparity and add depth.

If you don’t have a VR headset, you can use a pair of red/cyan 3D glasses to open Anaglyph Mode. Then, you can adjust the stereo disparity.

  1. Click Window and then Program monitor.
  2. Select your sequence.
  3. To turn on the VR spherical viewer, right-click the viewing canvas, and then click VR video and then Enable
  4. Right-click the canvas, and then and click VR video and then Settings.
  5. Under "Stereoscopic view," click Anaglyph.
  6. Put on your 3D glasses and adjust the depth until it looks correct.
Optional: Apply effects
  1. At the top, under "Effects", click Video effects and then Immersive video.
  2. Choose the effect you want to apply to your clip.
  3. Drag and drop the effect to your clip in the sequence.
  4. In the "Effect controls" panel, adjust the settings.

Step 4: Edit your sequence

  1. On your computer, open Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
  2. Create a new sequence with a 1 x 1 aspect ratio.
  3. Drag and drop your sequence into the new sequence.
    • If you see a clip mismatch warning, click Keep existing settings.
  4. In the "Browser" pane, select your new cropped 180 ̊ sequence.
  5. In the Project pane, click the sequence you want to export.
  6. Click File and then Export and then Media.
  7. In the export window under "Export settings," select Format: H.264.
  8. To change your file name and directory, click Output name.
  9. In the Video pane, under "Basic video settings," enter your resolution.
  10. Click Encoding settings and then Profile.
  11. Select High.
  12. Click Bitrate settings and then Bitrate encoding.
  13. Select VBR, 1 Pass.
  14. Change the target/max bitrates so that it matches your resolution:
    • 2048 x 4096: 45Mbps
    • 2880 x 5760: 80Mbps
    • 3072 x 6144: 127Mbps
    • 4096 x 8192: 170Mbps

Step 5: Export and publish your sequence

  1. Under "VR video," make sure Video is VR is checked.
  2. Select the following settings:
    • Frame layout: Stereoscopic over/under
    • Horizontal field of view: 180
    • Vertical field of view: 180
  3. Under "Source scaling," click Stretch to fill.
  4. Type a name for your file.
  5. Click Export.

When your VR file is ready, you can add it to another website like YouTube. Learn how to upload VR videos to Youtube.

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