Learn more about Premiere Pro support for VR workflows.

Premiere Pro offers support for viewing VR video in the Monitor panels. It also detects if the clip or sequence has VR properties and automatically configures the VR viewer accordingly. You can publish VR video directly to the web from Premiere Pro to sites such as YouTube or Facebook. 

VR Video Monitor Panel

VR Auto-detection

To determine if a clip has VR properties assigned to it:

  1. Select Project Panel > Properties.

  2. The VR Projection option in the Properties panel indicates whether the clip has VR properties assigned to it.

VR properties

The Source Monitor Settings options for VR video remain disabled when a clip that does not have VR properties is viewed. If the clip has VR properties assigned, it indicates the presence of three VR properties:

  • VR Projection
  • VR Layout
  • VR Captured View

Interpreting VR footage

You would want to interpret the VR footage when:

  • A VR clip has been imported but the Properties screen shows VR Projection: None.
  • The VR Projection, VR Layout, and VR Captured View properties are present but have incorrect values assigned.

This information is stored with the Premiere Pro project file. When video clips have VR properties associated with them, the Source Monitor Settings menu displays the option for VR Video. Otherwise, this option is dimmed out.

To interpret VR footage, follow these steps:

  1. Select the clip in the Project Panel and then select Modify > Interpret Footage.

    Interpreting VR footage
    Interpreting VR footage

  2. Specify the appropriate settings in VR Properties.

VR assignments

VR properties are assigned to clips when VR properties get written into the clip's metadata when it was created. There are no VR properties in the metadata associated with the clips but the importer detects, based on frame dimensions, that it's a VR clip.

  • If the frame size dimensions are 1:1, the clip is interpreted to be Stereoscopic over/under VR.  
  • If the dimensions are 2:1,  the clip is interpreted as Monoscopic VR.
  • If the dimensions are 4:1, the clip is interpreted as Stereoscopic side-by-side VR.

Note:

The auto detection is limited to specific frame heights of 960, 1920, 2048, 2880, 4096, 5760, 6000, and 8192.

Assigning VR properties to sequences

To determine if a sequence has VR properties assigned to it, select the Sequence Settings screen from the Sequence menu when it is open in the Timeline panel. The Source and Program Monitor Settings options for VR Video remain disabled when a sequence that does not have VR properties is viewed.

To assign VR properties to a VR sequence, select Sequence Settings > VR Properties, and then do one of the following:

Create a sequence from a clip that already has VR properties

  1. In the Project panel, right-click the clip that has VR properties.

  2. From the pop-up menu, select New Sequence From Clip.

Create a new sequence that includes the VR properties

To create a sequence that includes the VR properties, select New Sequence Settings > VR Properties, and then specify the VR settings.

Add VR properties to an existing sequence

  1. In the Project panel, right-click the sequence.

  2. From the pop-up menu, select Sequence Settings.

  3. In the VR Properties section, specify the VR settings. 

When sequences have VR properties associated with them, they are viewed in either the Source Monitor or the Program Monitor. The Monitor Settings menu shows the available options for VR Video available (not dimmed out).

VR properties for sequences
VR properties for sequences

Hiding VR video view controls

The VR view available in the Source and Program Monitors displays scroll bars and hot-text controls for changing pan and tilt, along with a dial that supports continual pan of the VR view. You can also turn off the display of these controls if you want to maximize the video display area in Source and Program monitors.

  1. To turn off the controls, select VR Video > Hide Controls from the Source or Program Monitors Settings menu. 

  2. You could also map this option to a keyboard shortcut. The state of control is available for each monitor and they are saved with the project.

Hiding VR video view controls
Hiding VR video view controls

Track Head-Mounted Display

Select Track Head-Mounted Display to link the VR view in the monitor to the view that is seen in a head-mounted VR display. This option gets highlighted when you install a VR headset along with supporting third-party plug-ins such as Mettle for Premiere Pro. Otherwise this option is disabled. 

Settings

The VR properties on clips and sequences are automatically configured in Export Settings when the export Format is set to H264, HEVC, or QuickTime. You can view these Export Settings in the bottom of the Video options in the VR Video section. You can also change the settings here.

360-degree panning

Use the dial at the bottom for 360-degree continuous panning, which indicates the direction of view. 

Using the dial for 360-degree continuous panning
Using the dial for 360-degree continuous panning

To center the view, double click within the video frame. Use either of these methods to change the view interactively during playback and while the video is paused. To return to the normal monitor display, open the Monitor Settings menu and deselect the Enable option for VR Video. 

To toggle between enabling and disabling your VR Video display use the button which can be docked with the monitor’s playback buttons. To open the button editor, click the up arrow available the lower right corner of the monitor. Drag the Toggle VR Video Display button out of the editor and move it into the monitor panel to the desired location. This button helps toggle between the normal monitor display and VR Video display.

Publishing your VR Video

To publish your VR Video on websites such as YouTube and Facebook:

  1. Select Export Settings >Video Settings tab. 

  2. Encode the video using H.264, HEVC, or QuickTime formats.

  3. Scroll down to check that the Video is VR check box and choose the layout which matches your media from the pop-up menu. Based on the metadata that gets added to the encoded video, Premiere Pro recognizes the video as VR Video content for publishers to play back correctly.

  4. Use the Stretch to Fill Scaling setting under Export Settings to get the best results for VR video exports. 

  5. Select Export Settings > Publish dialog to upload this video directly to websites such as YouTube or Facebook.

Note:

There could be a delay after the uploading gets completed before the video is playable in VR mode.

Video: VR Video Workflow

Learn how to work with VR media directly, including stereo media, so you can edit sequences, apply special effects and output 360-degree projects tagged properly for media players.

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