360-degree camera maker Insta360 has worked with Adobe to integrate the post-production workflow for its six-lens professional camera Insta360 Pro into the Adobe Premiere Pro CC video editing package, covering every part of the process from stitching to editing. The feature will be available as a free extension to users of Premiere Pro CC 2017 and later, and will be released during this quarter.

With the Insta360 extension installed, users will be able to directly import Insta360 Pro footage into Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Content can be edited before stitching, which is achieved by means of a lower-resolution proxy version of the original footage.

This not only allows for reductions in stitching time, it also means less computer power is required during editing and the original footage is only compressed once, during the final export.

“A major part of growing the 360° video industry is simplifying post-production, so that pros can use the skills they already have to explore a new medium,” said Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for professional video at Adobe. “We’re thrilled that Adobe’s flagship video software is now ready to stitch, edit and polish content captured by the industry-leading Insta360 Pro."

When working with the proxy version, users can trim the footage and apply any type of edit. Then, during export, all edits made to the proxy version are applied to the original full-quality footage, and the latter is stitched using Insta360’s algorithm.

Integration with an industry-standard editing package, such as Adobe Premiere, is big step forward for Insta360 and a clear sign that 360-degree imaging is here to stay. Let's see if other manufacturers will follow suit.

Press Release

Insta360 Collaborates with Adobe to Simplify 360° Video Production in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Los Angeles, April 23, 2018 — Working in close cooperation with Adobe, Insta360 has developed a new integration for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC video editing software, part of Adobe Creative Cloud®. The integration allows users of Insta360’s six-lens professional camera, the Insta360 Pro, to complete every part of their 360° video post-production workflow — from stitching to editing — in Premiere Pro.

“A major part of growing the 360° video industry is simplifying post-production, so that pros can use the skills they already have to explore a new medium,” said Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for professional video at Adobe. “We’re thrilled that Adobe’s flagship video software is now ready to stitch, edit and polish content captured by the industry-leading Insta360 Pro.”

The free extension will be released during this quarter to users of Premiere Pro CC 2017 and later.

Introducing “No-Stitch” Editing

Once users install the new Insta360 extension for Premiere Pro, they can directly import Insta360 Pro content into Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

The extension allows users to start editing before ever stitching their original footage, drastically cutting down stitching time at the outset of a project. To accomplish this, it generates a proxy version of the full-quality footage — a quick-stitched, lower-resolution substitute.

Working with a proxy version instead of the original footage offers some key advantages:

  • Stitching time at the start of a project is greatly reduced — down to just what’s necessary to generate the proxy video.
  • The software can perform smoothly during editing — without the processor-dragging challenge of navigating and displaying an 8K video file.
  • The video is only compressed a single time, during final export, ensuring maximum image quality. In a traditional workflow, there would be two compressions — one during initial stitching and one during final export.
  • Users can cut down the proxy version to exactly the parts that are necessary for their project. In the end, only the footage that’s used is stitched, avoiding any wasted time spent stitching footage that doesn’t make the final cut.

Once the proxy video has been generated, creators can trim it and apply any edits as they normally would in Premiere Pro.

The last step is to export the video. During export, all changes made to the proxy version will be applied 1-to-1 to a full-quality version, and the footage involved will be stitched using Insta360’s optimized algorithm.

The upshot is that creators maximize their time, minimize compression, and lump in stitching with the final export, after all of their work is done.

Learn more about the Insta360 Pro at Insta360.com.