The VR Plane to Sphere effect in Adobe Premiere allows you to take 2D elements such as pictures, standard video, or titles, and map them properly into your 360° video.
Because of the way 360° videos are laid out, when adding these elements, you need to take into account the fact that the video on the screen will eventually be wrapped around to create a 360° video. This means that if you don’t account for this, your 2D elements may appear distorted in the video. The VR Plane to Sphere effect will make sure these elements are laid out properly within the video.
For this example, let’s say we wanted to add a logo to cover up the tripod that appears in the bottom of the shot.
First you will need to add your 2D element into the timeline above your 360° video track.
Once it is added, rather than trying to move it manually to the bottom, we can add the VR Plane to Sphere effect to the logo and this will allow us to move it around the scene.
To find the effect, first go to the effects bin in the bottom left hand window and open the video effects folder.
In this folder, there will be another folder called Immersive Video. Open it up and you will find the VR Plane to Sphere effect.
Drag and drop the effect onto the 2D element in your project.
Once you drop it on, you will notice a change right away with your 2D element in the preview window. You can now adjust some of the effect settings to move the element around the 360° video.
In this case, we want to move the logo down to the bottom of the video so that it covers the tripod. To adjust this, go over to the Effect Controls window to the left of the preview window. You should see the VR Plane to Sphere effect located here.
The two main settings in this effect we will be using is the Scale and the Rotate Projection. Scale will allow you to resize the element. You can do this just by either typing your own number into the setting or clicking and dragging the number to the right or left.
The Rotate Projection setting is what we will use to move the element around the video. In this case, we will move it to the bottom of the screen. To do this, we will change the Projection Tilt (X axis). Click and drag the number and slide it to the right and you will see the element move in the preview window.
Depending on where you need to place the element, you may need to play around with all 3 axes on this setting. Once you have it set though, take a look at it in the 360° preview mode to make sure everything looks right.
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