Twisted Frame is always looking for the next big thing in video production in Toronto. We keep up on all the techniques and technology that will fulfill our clients’ needs and make sure that their video production projects are completed on time and under budget. 

Video editing is an important and often underestimated part of that.  Good editing is the beating heart of successful video production. Scripting, performance, recordings; they’re all raw material, and it’s the editor that stitches them together into a viable product. 

(Our founder and president, Onur Arslan, comes from the editing world. He uses that knowledge every day when working with clients to produce their projects.)

The next big thing in media is virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR). Skilled video producers are working hard to learn about editing this video. Today, we wanted to discuss a little bit about the VR editing process. It’s a bit different, but familiar at the same time!

It Looks Like a Map!

So you probably know that, to record the footage for VR, you’ll need a special camera: one that can record dual 180-degree or 360 degree video. You probably also know that video editing is done using special “non-linear” tools. You’ve probably used consumer-level tools like like Apple iMovie to make short clips, and you may know people who use professional tools like Adobe Premier Pro, Apple’s Final Cut, or Avid Media Composer. 

Will the two work together, though? Yes, with a bit of work.

When you dump a 360 degree video from your camera to your computer, it’ll look really weird!  If you open it in a standard video player, you’ll end up with one of three possibilities:

  • Fisheye, where the camera’s in the centre of the image and wraps the image around it like a big sphere or bubble;
  • Dual Fisheye, where a dual-180 camera (two 180-degree cameras instead of one 360-degree camera) produces two of these fisheyes; and
  • Equirectangular, which flattens out a 360 degree image into a flat one, just like a map flattens out the earth. 

‘Equirectacular” is the format that you’ll likely see while importing or editing the video, but it can take a little while to get used to! Here’s an example of what it might look like. 

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Editing Remains Familar

Once you get used to the flattened image, though, it’s much like editing other videos. You start a project in an professional editor like Premiere Pro, Avid or Final Cut Pro—which can handle 3D videos—import video, trim clips and move them around, cut between them, add sound tracks, everything you’d expect for video editing. Professional tools can work with 360 degree images, 

But with 3D, it’s a bit different. Once you’ve prepared the video for editing, you’ll be able to move the point of view up and down, left and right, looking at the clip from all different directions. Some directors will use the 3D video to create a traditional video; VR video directors will want to keep it as 3D, adding text, animations, and transitions to make it more immersive. 

A lot of techniques are very similar, like colour grading, adding soundtracks, cutting and the like. They’ll be using somewhat different tools to fix images, though…and if it’s stereoscopic, an editor may be switching back and forth from one eye or another…or even checking out what it’ll look like using anaglyph (red/blue) glasses. 

Professionals Working on the Next Big Thing.

So as it turns out, the next big thing in video editing, VR, is still video editing! An editor that’s skilled with professional tools will need to spend some time learning how 360/VR video is technically different, but they’ll still be able to apply their professional expertise to the project.

At Twisted Frame, professional expertise is the cornerstone of our business. Our professional video editors know how to handle VR video, and can apply it to your projects. When the next big thing in video editing comes along, you can rest assured that we’ll be right on top of that, too. 

Reach out by clicking, or calling us at (416) 619-1116, to start your free consultation, and we’ll  make sure that you’re ready for the next big thing.