Importing, editing & producing 360 video | PowerDirector Video Editor Tutorial

PowerDirector supports 360 video in equirectangular format. You may have also heard this referred to as “world map” style because it basically takes the spherical 360-degree footage and unwraps it to fit a standard, flat aspect ratio. To get raw 360 footage into equirectangular format, it requires stitching. Many of the popular 360 cameras on the market come with their own stitching software, which handles the task automatically. Once your video is in equirectangular format, it can be imported into PowerDirector. Launch PowerDirector and click “360 Editor”. Import your footage as you normally would for standard files—either clicking “File” then “import” or just dragging it into the media library. Many of the tools you use to edit conventional video are available for 360 video, too. But there are a few things to be aware of. As a guide: Some transitions work, some don’t look as good in 360 mode. A bit of experimentation is required, but in general, transitions that include single defined shapes (e.g. a heart, star or circle) will become distorted the further they move away from the “equator” of the sphere. It doesn’t mean you can’t use them; it just means that the effect may be different based on where the viewer is looking at the time the transition happens. The same applies to titles and text— the further away from the equator you move, the more the text will become distorted and begin to “wrap around” the sphere. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep text along the equatorial line as much as possible. Particle effects can be a great addition to 360 video. To prevent it looking like all the particles are emanating from a single point in the sky and disappearing into a point in the ground, you can easily tweak where they emit from and finish using the Particle Designer. When you’re done editing, producing your 360 video is straightforward. You have two options: You can output it as an equirectangular format file that can be viewed with a 360-capable player, such as PowerDVD or via VR headsets; or You can upload it directly. In both cases you can export up to 4K video resolution. Simply select your file profile, choose a destination folder for the finished video, and click “Start”.

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