With each new update to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, there is additional support for new media types and formats. This is due to cameras continuing to evolve and the increasing level of camera options. In this video, Richard Harrington walks you through the additional support for VR180 in Premiere Pro.
- Virtual reality is a popular new addition to many different types of video distribution platforms, and its latest version is VR 180, which has been made popular by Google. This essentially gives you a field of view looking forward, or slightly side to side, and as such, it's becoming a popular format for a lot of consumer acquisition as well as things like virtual tours. It also has the benefit of supporting a simple stereoscopic type workflow. Let's take a look at the new formats and how you can work with them in Premiere Pro.
A new popular type of virtual reality media is 180-degree media, and this allows you to actually work with the footage. Now, when you look at the media out of the camera, it tends to look like this. What's happening is it's capturing two simultaneous clips with the lenses positioned about the width of the human eye. This allows for a 180-degree field of view, and even supports basic stereoscopic, so people using VR goggles get an immersive environment.
However, it's an immersive environment for the direction that the camera was facing, as opposed to 360 degrees. Now, in order for this material to work, you'll need to transcode it first. Google offers the VR 180 Creator, and this utility is simple enough. What you'll wanna do is download it, it's available for Mac and Windows, and it allows you to convert the footage for editing. So just click the button, and select the material that you want to edit.
In this case, I'll select the original MPEG4 from the camera, and you see we have a few options. First up, we're likely to export it as 180 video, not 360. That's dependent upon the camera. Premiere also prefers the top and bottom, so choose that layout. And you have the ability here to assign a resolution based on the source material. I'm gonna leave this optimal based on the input, but it does support basic upscaling and downscaling.
And then you can also choose between a consumer codec like H.264, or you can transcode things to the Avid DNX codec, which would be a little more robust for editing. Make sure you assign a quality, and I would suggest adding stabilization, particularly if the camera was handheld. In this case, it wasn't handheld, it was shooting from a car, but there were vibrations, so I'd leave that. You'll also find additional support, help, and information in the upper right corner, and when you're ready, just click Convert.
This does support the ability to add multiple clips so you can do batch processing, which is a good idea. Now, I've already transcoded the clips, so I'll just go ahead and exit this. And I've already brought it into Premiere Pro, and the media comes in like such. Now what you can do is simply add that to a sequence. When you do so, the clip's gonna look a little strange, until you enable VR. So check your sequence settings, and take a look here and make sure that virtual reality is enabled for the sequence.
You'll find that choice towards the bottom here. And in this case, I'm using stereoscopic over/under. That's because there's two views and it produces a stereoscopic video. Everything else has been read correctly from the file from the metadata, so I don't actually have to worry about the settings. Now to view the VR, simply choose from the Settings menu here VR Video Enable, and what you'll now get is a VR view.
If you're using a VR headset that's supported by your Mac or PC, it will also send the video out through the VR headset. But as you see here, I have immersive video with 180-degree field of view. And I get the ability to look around, look down, look up, and it's like I'm actually in the car as a passenger. So this is a new type of VR, and now it's fully supported by Premiere Pro. These cameras are available for many different formats, and it's a standard that Google is popularizing.
In this particular case, I'm using a small consumer-grade camera from Lenovo.
- The Video Limiter effect
- Auto Color matching
- New panels: Learn and Timecode
- Hardware acceleration for H.264 video
- Working with RED footage
- Ripple deleting gaps
- Writing keyframes in the Audio Mixer
- Customizing label colors
- Managing multiple open projects
- Saving After Effects template in the Essential Graphics panel
- VR workflow changes
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 10/15/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover improvements to usability, format support, Lumetri color, audio, and motion graphic templates in the 2019 version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC.