By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Its not all darkness and despair over at GoPro, as this week the action camera company finally released OverCapture, the feature that allows Fusion 360 camera users to take their smartphones and create a 2d video clip from any direction. And in my opinion, it could save 360 video as we know it.
“With the new Mobile OverCapture feature, the GoPro App takes the storytelling experience to the next level, allowing iOS users to re-frame and save traditional fixed-perspective videos “punched out” from the large 360-degree video.” – GoPro
When GoPro announced OverCapture in San Francisco it was somewhat of a revelation for me. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I’m not a fan of virtual reality filmmaking. I think that VR has its place chiefly for video gaming, but I also believe that most audiences don’t want to watch a movie or TV show with their head on a swivel. We want to be told a story as the filmmaker wants us to see it. Any action going on around or behind distracts from that narrative.
But that doesn’t mean a filmmaker can’t use a 360 degree camera as a source recording medium to get every conceivable angle possible in a scene and then use that footage to create different scenes. That’s what OverCapture is designed to do, and I think it puts 360 video in it’s proper relief.
GoPro is crafting OverCapture to work in two post production workflows. Chiefly, users have been able to create OverCapture clips through GoPro Fusion Studio and as a plugin for Adobe Premiere and After Effects. But now users also have the ability to craft OverCapture through the GoPro Quik app on your iPhone (and coming soon to Android). Editing features include stitch and trim, plus the punch out 2D clip in 1080p. You can also zoom out to create a “little planet” shot as well.
The app enables users to live view their Fusion 360 shots in 5K, in both gyroscopic mode (where the image turns as you turn) or in touch screen mode where you move the video spectrum around with a swipe of your finger. It’s pretty easy to use, too. When you connect your Fusion camera to your mobile device, the app will let you know that there’s a firmware update and then you run it. Make sure you have enough battery power in both your camera and your phone to accomplish it, though and I would also put your phone in airplane mode so you don’t get interrupted by a call. That happened to me right at the end, but the timing was perfect as the app finished updating right as the phone rang. Bullet dodged!
Once updated and connected, the Fusion gives you access to the footage you want to work in. Select a clip and open it. Navigate to the point in the footage you want to record and from the angle you want. Hit record and then use a steady and smooth finger swipe to pan the camera from it’s starting point to the ending point. Then hit stop. The GoPro Quik app will then process the video clip and give you a 2D clip in 1080p to share via Facebook, YouTube, or save to your camera roll. You can also save to GoPro’s own sharing service.
And it’s a heck of a lot easier to use than the Fusion Studio software. I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t have the patience to edit in 360 because there’s just way too many balls you have to juggle in the air to align and sync the footage, then cut it and color correct it to look good. I still haven’t gotten my head around that.
But with OverCapture, I can hit the ground running and output a create 2D clip in HD using the same 360° footage to share with the world. It’s really pretty cool.