At NAB2015 we demonstrated our “HMD Preview” plugin from 360VR Toolbox, which was the first plugin of its kind to allow for pan/tilt viewing of 360° video within host apps like Premiere Pro. We are happy to say that today Adobe announced they are adopting that concept as a native feature in the next version of Premiere Pro CC.
This first effort by Adobe is currently only useful for previewing your equirectangular footage at any field of view or orientation, but not keyraming or exporting a “pan & scan” version. You will still require the HMD Preview plugin in 360VR Toolbox or 360VR Express to do that. However, this new Adobe feature does support both monoscopic and stereoscopic over/under or side by side equirectangular footage. It can be enabled by simply selecting “VR Video” in the Program or Source Monitor settings.
Additionally, new export options have been added to Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder to allow for embedding of special metadata required for 360VR upload to YouTube or Facebook. The feature will be available in the QuickTime, H.264 and HEVC formats, and will support both MP4 and MOV files. The metadata basically tells YouTube or Facebook that the video is 360° equirectangular in either mono or stereoscopic format.
Have a look at http://www.adobe.com/content/dam/acom/en/products/creativecloud/pdfs/nab/2016-adobe-pro-video-whatsnew.pdf to see all the new features coming for Adobe Premiere Pro.
We look forward to testing these new features out in combination with all of our 360VR plugins. Swing by our booth next week in the VR Pavilion at NAB2016 to see all of our new 360VR features working in Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro.