With the use of 360 degree videos, video editing becomes a lot more complicated. This makes sense when you think that ultimately you have multiple videos (each camera direction) and you need to stitch them together seamlessly to create a fully immersive experience for the user. There are two common methods for video editing a 360 degree video.
Stitching footage from multiple cameras
With this method you can edit each video shot from each camera angle to have complete control over each piece of the overall footage. The tricky part is then to stitch the footage together which can result in issues with joining frames. This is particularly difficult as until you stitch together you have no idea about how the finished footage will look. This means that editing your footage into a continuous piece of 360 footage can be a long and arduous process.
With this method you can stitch all of the footage together into one long continuous piece of footage before you start editing the video. This has the advantage of allowing you to see how everything fits together before you start editing, perhaps removing parts that are necessary. However, editing from the latlong data means transferring a massive amount of data and a lot of rendering, which is a time consuming process and can clog up your processor speed, but it does mean that the footage will be 100% aligned.
There is a wide range of video software available for editing your 360 degree videos, here is a brief overview of three of the most commonly used.
Kolor Autopano Video Pro Software- this editing suite works well with the GoPro range and will automatically stitch your footage, saving you a lot of time and effort, and also allows you to export in HD and 4K. It is also YouTube compatible.
Adobe Premier Pro- Adobe have added 360 degree video editing to their well respected Premier Pro software. However, you will need to use other software to stitch together the content before editing in this application.
VideoStitch Studio V2- automatically takes your video files and converts them into a standard 360 video file ready to be edited with the wide range of features it has available. This software has a wide range of compatibility with a range of VR headsets and video players, including YouTube.