You can use a 360 camera to simulate several conventional cameras for a multicam video that looks like it was shot by a whole camera crew. Here's a sample, and here's how to do it.
360 videos are designed for viewing in 360 but they don't necessarily have to be used that way. You can use a 360 camera as if you have several conventional cameras with you, switching the point of view as needed to produce a conventional non-360 video.
Here's a sample video that uses this technique. Sorry it hasn't been color-corrected, and it's very shaky (I did order the Guru 360 gimbal which I hope to use next time), but the video illustrates the concept of this "360 Multicam" technique:
Anyway, to use this technique, you need:
- a 360 camera
- Insta360 Studio or another 360 video editor that can export the 360 video as a non-360 video. You can also use Magix Video Edit Pro Plus 2017 or Cyberlink PowerDirector 15.
- a video editor with multiple tracks (ideally with a multicam editing mode). B Magix Video Edit Pro Plus 2017 and Cyberlink PowerDirector 15 have multicam capabilities.
Here are the steps:
1. Use your 360 camera to capture a 360 video.
2. Use Insta360 Studio to create a non-360 video with a consistent perspective (e.g. following a particular person). Repeat as needed. In this case, I created a perspective to show my son, another for my daughter, and another for myself (three videos in all).
3. Open all the videos in your multi-track editor as separate tracks. I used Magix Video Edit Pro Plus 2017, which has a multicam editing capability. Cyberlink PowerDirector 15 also has multicam editing.
4. Switch between the videos as needed. This is easy with a multicam editor, but requires patience with a video editor that doesn't have a multicam editor. Here is what the end edit looks like:
5. Save the edited video and publish. Boom!
I plan to use this technique more often in the future as a way of encouraging non-360 camera users to use 360 cameras. (BTW, I personally haven't seen this technique used before -- I just thought of this myself, but I'm not at all claiming that I'm the first one ever to do it.)
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