You have filmed with your GoPro Fusion and you want to upload your videos to Warp Studio? In this blog we will explain all the steps for the most optimal render settings and we will give you some tips and tricks to attach the videos to the scenes.
To stitch the videos of the GoPro Fusion, use the free software: Fusion Studio. Click here to download the software and install on your computer. Start the program. You will see the following:
Step 1: Import the videos. There are two ways to import videos from your GoPro Fusion into Fusion Studio:
- Connect the GoPro Fusion to your computer with the included cable. Select "Browse Camera Media" so import begins.
- You can also manually import the videos. Remove the two memory cards from the camera and import the images via a card reader. Please note: Copy the entire folders "100GBACK" and "100GFRNT" and do not change the names. Click on "Add Media" to select these folders where you saved them to start the import.
Step 2: Change filename. When all videos have been imported, you will see this:
All your videos (and photos) are on the left. If you click on a video more information is shown about the video, such as name, date and a preview. Play the preview to see and hear what has been filmed.
Personally, I always start by changing the filename to a specific format If you have followed the steps of my: How to film blog, I show you how to add the scene number and take at the beginning of the video. Click on the name on the right to change it. I always use the following format: [Scenario name]-S[scene number]-T[take number].
Note: Do not use any special characters other than a "-" or "_". This can cause the software to crash!
If you want to edit the video in other software and only want to stitch de videos, you can skip steps 3 and 4.
Step 3: Trimming the video.
Trimming the video means you cut off the beginning and the end of the video to get part you want to use. Do this for example when at the beginning director is in the shot or when there are some unwanted noises in the video.
Play the preview to determine what needs to be cut. Pauze at the moment you want the video to start. Drag the blue marker towards the circle.
Play the preview again to determine where you want the video to end. Click on the pause button again at the desired location and this time drag the white marker left until you have reached the circle.
Click on the play button to show a loop of the final video. Not satisfied? Then change the location of the blue or white marker again by dragging them.
Consider that you may need a loop in Warp Studio. More information about this can be found in the blog: How to film.
Step 4: Change the north.
For more information about the north of a video, read my blog: Determine the North of a 360˚ video.
To change the north of the video, use the "Yaw slider" on the right side of the screen. I first look at the different Camera locations and find something that can be seen in all videos. Then I select the first video and stick a sticky note on my PC screen as a reference.
By clicking on the number next to the slider, you can copy the Yaw-number. Only copy paste if the video is from the same camera location and the camera hasn’t moved.
Step 5: Color correction.
Click the settings button on the right and new sliders will appear. Now adjust things like Temperature, Tint, Global Contrast and Sharpness. Change the settings and see the result immediately in the preview.
Personally I only change something when a video appears to be very different from the rest.
If you want to edit the colors in other software, click here on the "Flat" profile. This way you maintain the highest dynamic range in the video for color correction in other software.
Step 6: Add to render queue.
Before rendering the videos do a final check:
- Did you change all the filenames?
- Are all videos trimmed?
- Is the North set for all videos?
- Did you do a Color correction?
- Is the switch set to ‘360’?
- Is the stabilization set to “Full Stabilization”?
Now select all videos by clicking on the first video and then clicking on the last video while holding down shift. All selected videos have a blue outline. Now click on the blue button "Add to the Render Queue".
Step 7: Render settings
A white screen appears where you can select a preset. Click on Vimeo, 4K and Stereo.
On the right side, you now see a list of all videos that are ready to be rendered.
Do you miss a video? Then click on Edit at the top, select the video you want to add and click on add to render queue again. The same preset will be linked to this video.
If you click on a video in the list, you will see all the settings. The settings must be:
- Video Codec: H.264
- Video Resolution: 4K (3840 x 1920)
- Spatial Audio: Stereo
- D.Warp (Parallax Compensation): On
Step 8: Render.
This is an easy step. Click “Render All” to start the render. Do you see “Render Selected” instead of “Render all”? That is because you have selected a video. Click on “Render” at the top and you will see the list of videos on the right again. Now you can click "Render all" again.
Keep in mind that rendering can take a lot of time depending on the power of your computer. As a reference: a 30-second 360˚ video in 4K resolution can take up to 12 minutes to render.
Change Render location. You can change the location where the videos will be rendered. Make sure you have enough memory at this location. To change this you need to do the following.
- On a Mac, select the GoPro Fusion Studio App in the menu bar and click "Preferences". You will see the option to change your locations there.
- On a Windows computer, simply click Edit at the top of the GoPro Fusion Studio App window, then select Preferences.
Step 9: Upload to Warp Studio.
Once all videos have been rendered, upload them to Warp Studio. For more information about uploading videos, click here.