how do i make a 360 degreese Video?

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i know it might sound dumb, but i wonder how other people do it?
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Rick Stone

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I think we will need more information. What exactly do you mean by a 360 degree video? Can you point to an example?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hey, I've been looking around trying to find editing software for 360 video. Just to elaborate I'm looking at the Sphericam 2. Which syncs 6 GoPro's together to produce a single warped looking mp4. Then software like on YouTube which now supports 360 video makes the video look normal again but you can scan around at any angle

Example: https://youtu.be/uFry4IGM-2UU

Anyway I use Camtasia. And I was wondering if you would support editing of this video. It would be nice to be able to pan to important parts of the video at the appropriate time as well as put multiple video files into one movie.

The main purpose I would like this set up for is to capture all events at once without being the camera man and enjoying the experience while being able to grab any footage afterwards for safe keeping

Please let me know if this is possible with Camtasia

Thanks
Matt
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Thanks Matt

For the benefit of others, I was a bit stymied on first watching the video that Matt linked to. Looked like a plain ole YouTube video to me and I was left scratching my head wondering what the difference was. Then I noticed this gizmo in the upper left corner:



Admittedly this is the first time I've ever seen this capability in a video on YouTube or elsewhere. Clicking the arrows allows you to dynamically change the view while the video is playing.

Interesting times... Rick :)
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With the advent of the GoPro cameras, seems many things are now possible. Although I question where folks find the funding to purchase an array of these beasties to use!

I saw this video last night.



Very cool!
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Does Camtasia's hosting platform for interactive hotspots support 360 video? Basically to create interactive 360 videos.
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yes

you can make a dynamic video, with hotspots [using a CS production to MP4 with controller], by using an existing panorama image on the timeline; you can even hand-assemble a panorama by manipulating separate photo images in the canvas; I've done it both ways, although starting with a good panorama image [like one from Lightroom or Hugin] is a lot less work

these can be hosted on Screencast.com, or, on any web site that supports interactive content

example using panorama image in CS 

I have another example made from a 360 degree panorama image, but it is not on my web site

Heads Up ...

my web site's server was upgraded a few days ago, its configuration is still being tweaked, and the site's availability is still sporadic
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Hello,

I have recently started using a Ricoh Theta S 360-degree camera in my classroom.  One of the issues is that you need to film the footage with a 360-degree camera and then the software with the camera will "stiches" the footage together to make the circular video.  In this case, there are two 180-degree camera lenses and then the camera application "stiches" those two images together.  With the Google Jump application, I have read it will use multiple cameras and put all those images together into one circular video.

I have been able to put the 360-degree footage together and then edit parts out with Camtasia.  This can be a bit difficult because when using Camtasia the image is "flat".  Your looking at a distorted curved image and just trying to cut certain segments out.  I have also used Camtasia to add text to the video.  When this file gets uploaded to YouTube, the texted will become warped and twisted.  I wish there was a way to do curved text (180 degree arch) with Camtasia.  I believe that once the image is uploaded to YouTube the arch would balance out and look like straight, normal text. 

Once you have done some basic editing, you need to restore the meta data to the video file.  The meta data is the info that gives the camera the instructions to allow to view up and down and side to side.  YouTube requires you to download a free app off of GitHub.  You select the file and then within a minute or two it restores the meta info to your file.  At this point you are ready to upload to YouTube.

I have used YouTube because I am familiar with uploading other videos to the service and they have the information on how they support 360-degree video on their site.  One issue is that you lose image quality for some reason when using 360 footage on the site.  My Theta S films at about 12 mp.  If you look at the footage you would think it is from a 3-4 mp flip phone from a number of years ago. 

I am learning the process.  Right now, I would really like to be able to edit text and add some basic chroma key items in Camtasia with 360-degree film.  I really do not want to have to go spend $500-700 to buy Adobe Products when I am familiar with the Techsmith application.  Take the time and look at the footage.  This is the first classroom video I have been able to put together.

Regards,

Joe Franta
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Hey joe, would the theta s be a good option to shoot adult videos if I need to edit them on camtasia first? I too would prefer not to spend money on Adobe products.
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you need to take [vertically orientated] overlapping still photos, then "stitch" them together to make a panorama image; I use 2 tools for the stitching: Lightroom 6, and Hugin [free]; both do an excellent job

once you have the panorama image, import it into Camtasia, put it on timeline, choose editing dimensions that will frame only a small section of the panorama [full vertical, but only part horizontal; then use animation to pan the image over some period of time

this process, for me, works great, but creates huge files

perhaps watch these videos ...

How To Use Hugin

Making Panoramas With Hugin
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One of the fairly recent changes to Adobe software is the new "Cloud" plans. For these, you no longer have that horribly expensive cost. You can spend something like $50 per month and have access to all the software you need. And if you no longer need it after a month, you cancel. And you can resume again later.

I'm taking some filmmaking classes at our local library and last night the instructor was asked why he was using Premiere as opposed to Final Cut. (He's a Mac guy) and his answer was plain and simple. Because it was much cheaper for him to use Premiere.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I would try downloading the trial version of Premiere Elements 14. See if it will handle that footage for you?
It's made by Adobe as well and you can pick it up for under $100 as a combo that includes Photoshop Elements when it's on sale at Amazon. You can run the free trial only from Adobe but if you decide to purchase it you can purchase the key through a third party like Amazon.



 I don't know if it will work with your footage or not.

Your camera produces the video by stitching two videos together and that's probably the reason that Camtasia degrades the quality of your video.
Camtasia 's editor is limited to 2048 x 2048 max resolution and it down-samples any video recorded at a higher resolution and the quality goes downhill fast.

Make sure you are editing and producing your video in Camtasia at the same video dimensions.
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Regards, Joe

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