360° Stitching Directions By Lexi Hamada

Although sitcthing sounds like an unbearable task, it's acutally only a lot of clicking that requires attention to detail.

First you need fo find your Kava file of your shot. It will noramlly look like the auto panel giga logo.

When you open up your Kava file, it will automatically open the software Auto Panel.

You need to trim the end and beginning of your video to the point of which there are no people, your class mates setting up the video, visible. On the right side of the window, there will be a picture that looks like a panorama. If you look right underneath that panorama, you will see a button that says edit. Click that and wait for another screen to pop up.

The screen that pops up should look like the picture above. You then need to click on the picture and wait for yet another screen to open up.

Along the top panel you will see various buttons that do a variety of things to help you clean up your photo. Take notice of the decimal number and colored flag on the left, under general information. Optimizing helps to bring this number down, you want to keep it in the green flag range. You will see a blue outlined square that has different lines going throughout from side to side, click on it. In the picture above it is highlighted. This is the controls point editer, this is where you are going to optimize your photo.

When you click the optimize button, this window should pop up. You will see two buttons that look just like the optimize button with a gear, along a panel at the top of the window. There is one with a red dot and one without, you want to click the one without as the one with the red dot is a quick optimze that may not always fix all the things you're trying to correct.

As highlighted, there is a color wheel that will normally say none. If you click that it will bring up another menu on the left of the window.

You need to change this from none to auto. It will make the lighting of your picture better. In the exposure comprehension box, there is a line with a notch that you can move. Move the notch to the left to make the lighting darker and to the right makes it lighter. We like to try and line it up with a black line that's on top of the line. We use this to make the image darker because when we put the video in a VR player, it displays lighter compared to when we edited it. When you've completed the image with the amount of light you believe it requires, you need to click the green check that is next to the red X.

On the top panel, you need to click the levels button that's located next to the color wheel. Like the color wheel, you need to select the auto option. As before, you click the green check to made the changes to the image.

The button that you click next is called fusion. It helps to combine the different camera angles into one image. This is where you need to really look at the image because not every image requires the same necessities as the one before. You need to go through the blending settings and choose the one that looks the best for the picture. Then you do the same with the cutting settings. Under the cutting settings are weighting settings. This varies as well. At this point, you just need to try each setting and see which make the seams disappear and reappear. When you've decided the image is ready you click the green check as before.

You have now reached the point of which you are going to render out your Jpeg. To render, you need to find the gear button on the top panel. When you click this, a menu will pop up as shown above. You need to change the width to 4096 and the DPI to 300 as shown below.

To make sure you're saving it to the correct folder, click the 3 dots next to the folder title. It will automatically have the file name as "%a" but you need to change that to the shot number of the video you are editing. When you have everything set snd made sure you've made the changes, you can press render. Now that you have your jpeg, you need to render out your video.

You need to go back to your auto panel and render this video out. You need to find the gear button and click it. Just like foe the jpeg, you need to change the width to 4096. You also have to change where it says preset. You need to change it so that it selects H.264 4k. As before, make sure it saves to the right folder and has mp4 somewhere in the title, preferably towards the end of the title. Then press render. This takes some time but while you are waiting you can edit your jpeg in photoshop.

Before we start editing the image, you want to make sure you can see your history. It should pop up when you open up photoshop, but if for some reason it doesn't you can make it appear. Just find window on your top panel, and scroll until you find history. When you click the history, the panel that shows the history of changes you've made to your image should pop up on the right side of the photoshop window.

*Add image with clone stamp*

To insert the image into photoshop, you need to find the jepg in your folder and drop it over the icon. If you drop it straight into photoshop, it won't appear correctly. In photoshop you'll be able to see the tripod at the bottom of the image. We use two different tools in photoshop the clone stamp and the bandaid( the one highlighted in the screenshot). The clone stamp allows you to cover the parts of the image with another part of the image; a clone. The bandaid essentially allows you to do the same thing however, it auto patches the photo based on it's surroundings.

After you've covered up the tripod you need to export your photoshop jpeg. As you would save most other files, you find file on your very top panel, select save, and rename the file. Don't forget to change the place it saves to, to your shot folder.

Now you start to combine the video and photo, along with the school logo that you've been putting through various softwares. Now you need to open up Adobe After Effects(Ae). You need to drag your Mp4 and photoshop jpeg to the top left side of the screen. Then do the same with the Mid-Pacific school logo. As shown below.

Next, you'll want to drag your Mp4 to the bottom half of the window. Then drag your photoshop edited jpeg underneath your Mp4. As shown below.

You want to select the mp4 layer and find the pen tool on the top of the window. If you don't select the mp4 layer and do the following steps, it will not turn out as it is supposed to.

As shown above, you gave selected the pen tool. This makes lines that you will connect to make what we call a pink box. To make the pink box you have to start off the image. Then you start to make a box on the image by making your lines above the tripod, but stay as close to the tripod as you can. Once you reached the other side of the image, make a line off the image to the top of the picture, the make another to the other side of the top of picture, and reconnect it to the first line you made. Now you have essentially made your pink box.

Once you've made your box, you want to go down to your mp4 layer and click the arrow next to the the layer number which should be one because this is your first layer. After a screen drops down, you should see the words "masks." After you press the masks, another screen should drop down and you it should say mask 1 with a bunch of other options underneath that. You should find a mask feather, along with a zero number and the words pixels in blue. If you click this and drag it to the right, then you can feather your video. This helps to mend the Mp4 video mask with the jpeg underneath, that should not be showing at the bottom instead of your tripod.

After you've feathered your video, you want to include the Mid-Pacific logo. From the top left menu, you'll want to drag down the logo to the bottom menu where the jepg and video are. You want the logo to go on top of the video because that way it will show on top of the changes you've made. You'll want to make it fit the video. To do so, you need to click and drag the little box on the side of the image, and drag. However, you want o be careful because what you do one side, the same thing happens to the other. You also want the logo to over lap and close when the video is finished. To do this you need to have the logo go off of the video just a little. You also want to minimize the size of the logo. As you have changed the width of the logo, you want to change the height. Same with he height, what you do to one side happens to the other.

Once you've made the image fit the video, it should look like the screen shot above.

To add text to your video, you want to find the layer button on the very top of the computer menu. Once you've selected layer, a drop down menu should appear. Select new, and text layer.

A new layer on top of the log layer should appear along with a red bar along the time of the video. You can adjust the red bar to the amount of time you want the text to show, as shown below.

Click the layer name and start typing what you want to display on the screen. When you are done it should appear in a small space as shown below.

To adjust the size, to have to click and drag the boxes on theoutskirts of the text box. To change the color, there is a menu on the right side of the window. The solid color box is the color of the text, but to get a outline lkke shown in the screen shot below, you have to click the box behind the color box. It should have black box in the middle of it.

After you've changed the color, added a outline if needed, and have positioned the text box, you have to add this video to your render quene. This is where you are able to render the vidoe out. Go to file, click export, then add to render quene.

On the right side just under the menu where you changed the color of the text, is a render button. If you click this button, a screen will pop up where you have to change the name and choose where it saves to. When you rename the video, we recomend putting the word mov in the title so it's easier to differentiate your files.

When you press render a blue bar should start. This is the progress of your video's render.

After your video's rendered, you want to put it in hand brake. This is a software that allows you to put it in another software that puts the video in a 360° format that can be viewed on youtube. Once you open handbrake, you'll have to choose your video. At this point you're final video should include the word mov, making it easier to choose the correct file. Once you've chosen the file, you need to rename this file to have the words handbrake in the title. The press the start button at the top of window.

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