How To Timeshift With The Insta360 One X Premiere Pro Workflow

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Making a Insta360 One X timeshift video is much easier with Premiere Pro. Firstly, the video quality is better. Secondly, you have more precise editing over pivot points. Thirdly, you can add music and sound effects. And finally, you can take advantage of your computer’s processing power to render these videos.

To follow along this tutorial, you will also need Insta360 Studio For One X, and the GoPro VR Reframe Plugins.

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This is the result you will achieve by the end of this tutorial:

Willen Lake Cycling Insta360 One X Timeshift

Another example of how I made a timeshift video using Studio For One X + Premiere Pro CC 2019 + GoPro VR Reframe Plugin.

Shot with the Insta360 One X on GoPro Chest Mount. See blog post for more details:
➜ https://howtomakeavideo.co.uk/how-to-film-a-bike-ride-with-the-insta360-one-x/

Settings: 5.7K 30fps. Manual Exposure. ISO 100. Shutter Speed 1/2000. White Balance Fluorescent. Log Mode OFF.

Posted by How To Make A Video on Sunday, March 3, 2019

 

How To Timeshift With The Insta360 One X Premiere Pro Workflow

TIMESHIFT VIDEO BEST PRACTICE

With this workflow, there are a couple of best practices you can do when filming a timeshift video, to make your editing experience much easier. So when you film a timeshift video, make sure the LED screen is looking towards the primary direction you are filming. In this case I am filming directly in front of me.

insta360 one x primary direction how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

And if you turn left then the camera should turn left with you. Just pretend the One X is your third eye. This will save you a really big hassle later on!

insta360 one x turn left direction how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Then record your video, and make sure you keep the camera as smooth and steady as possible. I would suggest you record for at least 2 mins, and no longer than 10 minutes.

Now you are ready to edit your timeshift video. So download the footage to your computer. Next I am going to stitch the video using Insta360 Studio For One X.

STITCH THE 360 VIDEO IN INSTA360 STUDIO FOR ONE X

Import your INSV file into Studio For One X.

insta360 studio for one x import insv file how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Make sure you are in the View Tab.

insta360 studio for one x view tab how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Select Lock Direction. This is very important. Because this will save you soo much time. Without Lock Direction the video will keep turning around. Which means you need to keyframe the entire video to make it look in the direction you are travelling in.

insta360 studio for one x lock direction how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

This is why I told you to film with the LED screen facing the direction you are travelling in. Because now the One X is automatically facing the right way all the time. Now all you need to do in Premiere Pro is add the keyframes to look left, right, or behind you, away from this front view. I will show you how to do that a little later.

Next, drag the start and end points of the yellow box left and right to trim your video.

insta360 studio for one x trim video how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Click Export. Save Changes. Leave the resolution as 5760 x 2880. Select Superb Bitrate. Choose a filename and a folder to save to. And click OK to render your video.

insta360 studio for one x export settings how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

IMPORT FOOTAGE INTO PREMIERE PRO

Next open up Premiere Pro. Create a New Project and then a New Sequence.

premiere pro new sequence how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

In the Settings tab, you need to decide which aspect ratio you want. So you can choose 1920 x 1080 for Youtube, or 1080 x 1080 for Facebook, but I am going for 1080 x 1350 for Instagram. Which is a 4 by 5 aspect ratio. And click OK to create your sequence.

premiere pro instagram aspect ratio how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Now import the video you just rendered from Studio For One X into Premiere Pro. Double click on it to bring it into your source monitor. Use I and O on the keyboard to choose the In and Out points of the part of the video you want to keep.

premiere pro import footage how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Drag the footage onto the timeline. And select Keep Existing Settings. Now you can reframe your 360 video within this frame.

premiere pro keep existing settings how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Next I am going to add the GoPro VR Reframe Plugin to this footage. Go to Effects, search GoPro VR, and drag the GoPro VR Reframe Plugin onto the footage.

premiere pro gopro vr reframe plugin how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

I will add the Insta360 One X LUT to colour grade this footage, even though it was shot with log mode OFF. Go to the Lumetri Colour Panel, click the Creative tab, and click Browse.

premiere pro add one x lut how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Locate the One X LUT on your computer and Open it.

premiere pro one x lut how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

HOW TO ADD SPEED AND MOTION BLUR IN PREMIERE PRO

I want the first and last 2 seconds of the video to be normal speed. So I will make a cut here after 2 seconds. Press C on the keyboard to change to the Razor tool. Click to make a cut.

premiere pro first cut how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

And go to the last 2 seconds. And make a cut here. Press V on the keyboard to go back to the Selection tool.

premiere pro last cut how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

I am going to speed up this middle footage by right clicking on it, and select Speed / Duration.

premiere pro 100 speed how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

On the One X app you have 2x, 4x, 8x speed and so on. On Premiere Pro 2x speed is the same as 200% speed, 4x is 400%, 8x is 800%, 16x is 1600%, and 32x is 3200%. For this video I will use 800% which is the same as 8x, and select Ripple Edit. Ripple Edit will make the video clips after this clip move with it.

premiere pro 800 speed how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Ok, now we have a problem. If you playback this sped up footage, it will look too sharp. The One X app uses motion blur to make the footage look more smooth and natural. To apply motion blur on Premiere, change Time Interpolation to Frame Blending.

premiere pro time interpolation how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

And now when you playback your video, it will have speed and motion blur applied.

premiere pro speed and motion blur

HOW TO REFRAME 360 VIDEO LEFT OR RIGHT

Let’s say I want to look left here. We need to create a turn movement.

premiere pro look left how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

First we must tell Premiere, I want the video to look straight ahead up until here.

premiere pro look left start position how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

So go back 6 frames (Click this button 6 times).

premiere pro back 6 frames how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Add a keyframe for Yaw. Yaw is the left and right movement of the video. Now Premiere Pro knows that up until here I want the video to look straight ahead.

premiere pro add first yaw keyframe how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Now go forward 6 frames (Click this button 6 times).

premiere pro forward 6 frames how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

And drag the Yaw value left or right to your desired look position.

premiere pro yaw left position how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

I want to look left for about 1 second, so I will move forward 1 second on the timeline, and add a keyframe here. Now Premiere Pro knows that I want to keep looking left until here.

premiere pro forward yaw 1 second how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

I will go forward 6 frames (Click this button 6 times).

premiere pro forward 6 frames yaw to front view how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

And I will add a keyframe here to look forward again (Set Yaw to 0). The reason I use 6 frames is so the turn is really fast. If you want to, you can slow the turn down by creating a bigger gap between the keyframes. So instead of moving back and forward 6 frames, try 12 frames or 24 frames. Now you can repeat this step as many times as you like in your video.

premiere pro set yaw 0 how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

HOW TO DO A BARREL ROLL

Go to the position where you want to start a barrel roll. Add a keyframe for Roll which will turn the video around.

premiere pro barrel roll how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Move forward 4 seconds later in the timeline.

premiere pro barrel roll move forward 4 seconds later how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Add another Roll keyframe, and change the value to 360 (It will automatically change to 1×0.0). Play it back, and you will see your barrel roll!

premiere pro barrel roll 360 how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

HOW TO SLOW DOWN VIDEO AFTER YOU SPED IT UP

Just make a cut where you want to slow it down in your fast footage.

premiere pro slow footage make a cut how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Move forward 4 frames (Click this button 4 times).

premiere pro slow footage move forward 4 frames how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Make another cut.

premiere pro slow footage make another cut how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Right click this footage, and select Speed / Duration.

premiere pro slow footage speed duration how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Change the Speed to 100%, and make sure Ripple Edit is selected. Click OK.

premiere pro slow footage speed 100 how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

You now have normal speed footage in between your fast footage!

premiere pro slow footage between fast footage how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Now I have shown you all the different ways to customise your timeshift video. It’s up to you to take these skills and get creative with your own timeshift videos. The last thing I would do is add music, which you can get for free from Youtube Audio Library, and then add free sound effects from Freesound.org.

HOW TO EXPORT YOUR TIMESHIFT VIDEO FROM PREMIERE PRO

Go to File, Export, and Media.

premiere pro export media how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Choose a filename and folder to save to. Make sure Export Video and Export Audio is checked.

premiere pro export settings 2 how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

Set Bitrate Encoding to VBR 2 Pass. Set the Target and Minimum Bitrate to 16mbps. And click Export.

premiere pro export settings 2 how to timeshift insta360 one x premiere pro workflow

That’s it! You now know how to make a timeshift video with the Insta360 One X, using Premiere Pro. Don’t forget to share your timeshift creations on the How To Make A Video Facebook community. I am happy to help you and give you advice on your videos there. The only rule is that you can only post videos less than a minute! For One X video inspiration and settings I use, check out my Instagram @shanilkawol.

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