The rolling planet is one of the many cool video effects you can pull off with the Insta360 One X. In this tutorial you will learn how to make your very own rolling planet, and try to stay on top of it! You will need the Insta360 One X, a mini tripod, After Effects, Photoshop, Insta360 Studio For One X, Insta360 One X LUT, and Insta360 Studio. Let’s get started.
Here is the result you will achieve by the end of this tutorial:
You will also know how to make rolling planets like this! Tutorial coming very soon 🙂
Posted by How To Make A Video on Tuesday, November 20, 2018
How to Make A Rolling Planet With The Insta360 One X:
- Let’s film the footage. Attach the Insta360 One X to a tripod and set it on the ground. Make sure there is a lot of space around you.
- Turn the One X on. Set it to Video mode, 5.7K 30fps. Use Auto exposure if the light is consistent.
- Use Manual White Balance to keep the video looking consistent. To set the White Balance, check what the video looks like when it’s set to Auto. And then find a White Balance setting in Manual mode that closely matches Auto White Balance. For easy colour grading, keep Log mode off. If you want more control over colour in post, tap Log mode on. Your settings are now ready. Press record.
- Pretend to fall forward.
- Pretend to fall backward.
- Run around the camera in a circle once. Keep 1 metre apart from the camera.
- Pretend to almost fall forward again. Stop recording. You now have the footage needed to make a rolling planet.
- The next step is to stitch your footage. Import your footage into Insta360 Studio For One X. Trim the footage by using the yellow start and end points. This will reduce your stitching time and file size.
- When you finish trimming your footage, press the yellow Export button in the top right hand corner. Keep the resolution at 5760 x 2880. Set the bitrate to 150mbps. Choose a folder to export to and a filename. Click OK. Wait for the footage to finish stitching.
- The next step is to remove the rig/shadow and colour grade the footage in After Effects. Open After Effects and create a New Project. Drag your footage into the project.
- Make a new composition by dragging your footage into the Make A New Composition button. The next step is to take a screenshot of the video to remove the rig and shadow in Photoshop.
- Make sure Resolution is set to Full.
- Select a frame where the rig and shadow is clearly visible. And make sure you are away from the rig and shadow.
- Go to Composition, Save Frame As, and select File. A Photoshop file will be added to the Render Queue.
- Click Render and open the Photoshop file.
- Photoshop allows you to edit 360 degree photos in a 360 view. To do this, go to 3D, Spherical Panorama, New Panorama Layer From Selected Layer. Use the Move tool to look around the photo.
- The easiest way to remove the rig and shadow is using the Clone Stamp Tool. Select the Clone Stamp Tool. Set the brush to roughly 500px, and set the Hardness to 0%.
- Choose a patch of grass to copy over the rig and shadow. Hold the Alt key down and Click to select a patch of grass.
- Let go of the Alt Key. Click and Drag your mouse over the rig and shadow to cover it up.
- Keep on applying the Clone Stamp Tool until the rig and shadow is completely removed.
- Save the photo by clicking 3D, Spherical Panorama, Export Panorama.
- Drag the photo you just edited into your After Effects Project. And then drag the photo above the video in the composition.
- The next step is to mask the photo so that only the grass in the photo is visible. To do this, select the Pen Tool, and make points around the grass area.
- Our rough mask is now complete. The mask needs to be checked throughout the video to ensure it does not effect the video. There will be instances where I walk into the mask. The mask needs to be edited to make sure it does not cut me off in the video. To do this, click the drop down on the video, Masks, Mask 1, and switch the stopwatch on for Mask Path. This will allow you to edit the mask at various points in the video.
- Skip through the video every 2 seconds and check whether the mask is effecting the video. Look out for your feet being cut out. When this scenario occurs, just edit the point below your feet. To do this, just click the point and drag it down. Keep doing this throughout the video until the mask is perfect.
- The next step is to add colour to your footage. The footage and mask needs to be combined into a single composition. To do this, select both the footage and the photo, right click, and select Pre-compose. Click OK.
- Click the original composition. It will now be combined into one composition.
- In effects, search for Lumetri, and drag it onto the footage.
- This footage was shot in Log mode. In Lumetri, add the Insta360 One X LUT for a colour grading headstart. Change the Saturation to 150 to boost the colours. Any other colour grading adjustments is up to your own personal preference.
- Another way to boost the colours is to add the CineSpace look in the Creative Panel. Change the intensity to something that you like.
- Once you are finished colour grading, the footage is now ready to export from After Effects. Go to File, Export, and Add To Media Encoder Render Queue.
- When it opens in Media Encoder, click the Preset to change the Export Settings. Make sure to change the width and height to 4096 x 2048. Insta360 Studio does not accept video larger than this. Check Render At Maximum Depth.
- Change Bitrate Encoding to 2 pass. Set Target Bitrate to 100mbps and Maximum Bitrate to 120mbps. Set Key Frame Distance to 30. Check Video is VR. All your video settings are now set for the highest quality output. Click OK. Choose a folder to export to and begin exporting by clicking the green start button.
- When the footage has finished exporting, open Insta360 Studio to animate your rolling planet. Import your footage and click Free Capture.
- Find the frame when you begin to walk and create a keyframe by clicking the yellow button. Click the Tiny Planet button (looks like Jupiter in the bottom left hand corner) to transform the video into Tiny Planet Mode. Change the Pan Angle until you are on top of the planet. Drag the grey start marker up to the starting keyframe. This marks the start of the video.
- Now find the frame when you fall forward and create another keyframe. Change the Pan Angle so it looks like you are falling over.
- Now find the frame when you fall backwards and create another keyframe. Change the Pan Angle so it looks like you are falling back.
- Find the frame after you ran around the planet and just before your fall forward again. Add a keyframe here.
- Change the Pan Angle of this keyframe to do a full rotation. This will give the effect of you running around the planet.
- Add a last keyframe a second after you stop running. This gives the illusion of you about to fall forward again when you stop running. Drag the grey marker towards this keyframe to mark the end of the video.
- Select the lines in between the first 2 keyframes and change the Transition Effect to Fade In Fade Out. This will make the animation look smoother. You may have to adjust your Keyframes and Pan Angles again.
- Almost there! If you want to export your video for Instagram then change the resolution to 1080 x 1080. Set the Export Bitrate to 16mbps. Choose an output folder and name your video. Click Export and your video will be ready!
- Result! Now you know how to create your very own rolling planet! Share your video on the How To Make A Video Facebook Group!
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