How to Edit 360° Video in Final Cut Pro X 10.4 on Mac

With the availability of several enormously handy tools, editing 360° video in Final Cut Pro X 10.4 on Mac is a delightful experience. Refer this complete guide to get started with this new feature.

Recently, Apple released Final Cut Pro X 10.4, one of the most powerful video-editing apps for professionals. The latest version of the app boasts several notable features including the ability to import and edit 360° equirectangular video in a wide range of formats and frame sizes. Apple has ensured editing 360° video in Final Cut Pro X 10.4 on Mac remains a seamless affair. Having gone through this new feature, we can say that it’s ideally executed.

Apart from letting you import and edit monoscopic or stereoscopic 360° video in multiple formats and frame sizes, the app also lets you export 360° video to a connected VR headset. You can simultaneously monitor the equirectangular video and the 360° video in the Final Cut Pro 360° viewer. More after the jump:

How to Edit 360° Video in Final Cut Pro X 10.4 on Mac

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How to Edit 360° Video in Final Cut Pro X

Import 360° Video to Final Cut Pro X 10.4

If you wish to monitor with a VR headset while editing, you must use a supported VR headset. Besides, make sure to install the supported software.

Before importing 360° footage into Final Cut Pro, make sure to create a single 360° image, referred to as a stitched image.

For editing in the app, the stitched image must be an equirectangular projection. An equirectangular image looks like a world map that depicts the globe as a two-dimensional (2D) rectangle.

Make sure you have stitched all the camera angles together and formatted your 360° media for equirectangular projection.

Step #1. Select File → Import → Media.

Step #2. Now, you have to select your clip and click Import. The 360º clip will appear in the viewer as an equirectangular view.

Once you have imported the 360° media, make sure to check your 360° media’s metadata tags as they affect how the clips behave in viewers, and the software creates projects based on the clips you import.

Step #1. First and foremost, choose the clip in the browser and select Window → Show in Workspace → Inspector (or press Command-4).

Step #2. Next, you have to click (i) button in the Inspector.

In the Inspector, you need to check that 360º Project Mode pop-up is set to Equirectangular. Besides, set the Stereoscopic Mode pop-up to the mode in which the media had been recorded.

How to View And Navigate The Clips in Final Cut Pro X on Mac

In Final Cut Pro, you will be able to view and navigate 360° clips in a dedicated viewer.

Choose View → Show in Viewer → 360º.

The 360° viewer is displayed to the left of the viewer. To view the clip in full 360°, you need to select the clip in the browser and then click and drag in any direction in the 360° viewer.

There is also an option to navigate in the 360º viewer when playing back a project.

  • You get the option to change following controls in the 360° viewer:
  • To reset the angle and view to its default orientation, you need to click Settings at the top of the 360º viewer and then choose Reset Angle.
  • To widen the field of view, you have to drag the slider towards.
  • To widen, simply drag the slider towards.
  • To reset the field of view to the default setting of 90º, you have to click on the 360° viewer.
  • When using a VR headset to track video, click Settings in the 360° viewer and select Output to VR Headset.

How to Edit 360° Video in Final Cut Pro

Step #1. First off, you need to create a new 360° video project. Then select File menu.

Step #2. Now, you have to click on New Project and then add the 360º clip into the new timeline.

The app will automatically set the properties of the project to match the properties of the clip. However, you will also be able to create custom project settings.

To change the master orientation of a clip, you need to just adjust its tilt, pan, and roll.

To cover up unwanted images, use the patch effect and apply other special 360° effects, generators, and titles.

How to Change the Master Orientation Of A Clip in Final Cut Pro

Every 360º video clip features a master orientation, which is basically an initial angle that viewers see when they start watching the video.

The master orientation depends on how it was initially recorded. To change this orientation, you need to use the Video Inspector, onscreen controls in the viewer, or the Horizon guidelines.

How to Hide Unwanted Objects In A Clip in Final Cut Pro

You can use the 360º Patch effect to hide a tripod or other unwanted objects in the clip. To do so, simply clone an area in the image and then place it over the object you wish to hide.

Final Cut Pro comes with a number of special 360° versions of some standard effects including blur, glow, and sharpen effects.

Make the most of these effects to 360° clips and 360° projects without creating seams or unwanted distortions.

The software also comes with titles and generators, which have been specially designed for use in 360º projects. 360° generators include 360° Color Solid and 360° Gradient generators.

That’s it!

Enjoy fine-tuning your marvelous videos:

Once you have edited your video, you can share your creativity with a number of video-sharing and social media websites that support 360º video. For instance, you can blast your videos on YouTube VR channel, Facebook 360, and Vimeo 360.

The software includes 360° metadata in the output media file to make it easier to be recognized. It lets you export master file, XML files of events, projects, or libraries with the 360° clips and projects.

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