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New 360 Video Effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2018

Charles Yeager

Check out the new Immersive Video effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2018 in this tutorial. Including free 360 footage!

Adobe has been committed to offering content creators more options when it comes to editing 360 video and VR content. Adobe backed up that commitment this year by acquiring the SkyBox 360/VR plug-ins from Mettle. The SkyBox plug-ins are a staple for many 360 content creators working in After Effects and Premiere Pro. Adobe recently integrated the 360/VR effects into After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2018, and the effects have been relabeled under what is now called “Immersive Video.” In this tutorial, we are going to explore the basics of these new Immersive Video effects for 360/VR footage.

You can quickly toggle all of the 360/VR Immersive Video effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro by simply searching “VR” in the effects list. All of the 360 effects have “VR” in the name, so this makes them easy to identify. The VR effects range from basic utility effects, seamless post effects, and unique stylization and filter effects.

New 360 Video Effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2018 - VR Effect

The two most popular Immersive Video effects will almost certainly be the VR Rotate Sphere effect and the VR Plane to Sphere effect. The VR Rotate Sphere effect allows you to seamlessly reorient your equirectangular 360 footage. It is also perfect for leveling your 360 footage horizon line. You can use the VR Plane to Sphere effect to add text, logos, and any 2D layer into your 360 video, ensuring that the layer will look correct in VR.

New 360 Video Effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2018 - VR Text

Ready? Let’s dive into the tutorial. (Make sure you download the free 360 footage clips to follow along!)


Download the FREE 360 Video Footage

To download the two free 360 footage clips mentioned in the tutorial, simply click the following download button.

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Adobe has also included some new advanced Immersive Video tools in After Effects CC 2018, such as VR Comp Editor, and new composition options like Create VR Environment and Extract Cubemap. I’ll explore these tools more in a future tutorial.

Additionally, if you would like to check out a 360 video created with these tools, take a look at the Half-Mile Zipline 360 Video mentioned in the tutorial.


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