When it comes to editing 360 clips inside of Apple Final Cut Pro X, it is not much different from editing traditional, flat clips. However, there are elements of a 360 project that vary. How is it different? In this video, author Nick Harauz walks you through how to work in a 360 video project in Final Cut Pro X.
- So the last movie we made a few selections or range selections on our clips by pressing i and o around the section or the segments of the clip that we wanted to on our 360 material. We did that here in list view. And I encouraged you guys to go through and do that to the three remaining clips. I have do so, I've actually created favorites or basically favorite sections which after I made an outpoint on the clip, pressed f to mark certain clips here as favorites. And these favorites are actually stored here under your smart collections folder. Just a nice, easy way to only select the relevant material when you're ready to bring it into the timeline.
So first off, I'm going to actually switch this to your actual filmstrip view. And right now, if you're looking at this clip appearance a little bit different and you want to see some more information, you could actually click on this button here to make these clip a lot bigger. And I always have my clips set to all here so if you're seeing them as multiple film strips like this which just going on to the clip you can just drag here in order to change that. And notice that any clips that have audio will have wave forms on them, if you click on here and just allow you to see which clips have audio and which clips don't.
So the trick here now is to get the majority of these clips here into the Final Cut Pro timeline. And just to make sure we're dead center on each of these clips. What I'd like to do is go to the settings menu and I just want to reset the angle just to make sure that we're where we're supposed to be on each of these clips, where we're supposed to look at these clips in the head-mounted display when we first see them. Now to create a 360 project, we come down here and click on the new project button. Keep in mind that you could go to the file menu to do the same thing under new project. And by default, this is going to be based on the first settings of the clip that you dropped in.
Now, these clips have different frame sizes for them so this is something that we want to keep in mind. So I'm going to call this project My First 360 Project and rather than use custom settings which is fine, I'm just going to show you down here, depending on the type of clip you pick, you've got a choice of a 360 option. And various options for the type of 360 video that you're working with in terms of size as well as as frame rate to how you recorded them.
Notice as well, the 360 monoscopic and stereoscopic options that are available here as well as the various color spaces that are available depending on what your library settings are set to. So knowing this, that I'm going to choose these settings, we're going to just okay and a timeline comes down. I think the important thing is that in working in a 360 space, we start to add effects that are 360 optimized and titles, everything will come together just the way that you want.
So let's choose an order for the clips that you see here. I like to start with the meditation clip, followed by the boardwalk. And we're just going to bring in the final clips here which is the Harbourfront Centre and then followed by the Jack Layton Ferry. Although we marked them Washington, we shot as a favorite. It's really not relevant to these Toronto-based clips. So with that order of selection, a quick way of getting these into the timeline is to press the e key. And all those clips now come in.
They have their 360 badges here. Just going to press shift + z to fit them to the window, just a nice little handy command. And if we go down to our event, we should see that our project is now saved, My First 360 Project. And if we go the inspector, you can see the settings that were applied to that based on what we set versus the custom settings that matches actually our GoPro footage. Going to close down the inspector and as you can see our various little clips here in the timeline, our 360 viewer to navigate around them.
And the only thing that we do want to have taken out are a couple things. Just the audio on this first clip in the timeline, that's really easy to do. We can right click it, then choose to detach audio and that just separates it from it's main source where we can select the audio easily and just choose to delete it from the timeline. Of course there are ways to break in video without audio, just wanted to show you one additional thing that you can do inside your Final Cut Pro 360 project timeline. So my next movie, we're just taking how we can add some editing to the mix of editing and trimming our clips here inside this Final Cut Pro X project.
- Differences between 360 video, virtual reality, and augmented reality
- Recording Ambisonic sound
- Filming with the Samsung 360 and the GoPro Omni
- Stitching 360 video together
- Importing, editing, and organizing VR clips in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X
- Adding transitions, effects, and graphics in Premiere Pro and After Effects
- Reorienting your 360 shots with Final Cut Pro X
- Adding effects with Final Cut Pro X
- Exporting your projects