How to create a 360° VR Metaverse Animation in AE | Tutorial
The Metaverse! Everyone talks about it, but no one can really imagine it yet. Therefore, I want to bring you closer to the Metaverse through an example in this tutorial. I will show you, how to create a 360° VR video animation with your consumer 360-camera.
Let me explain my idea behind it:
360 degree VR videos & photos are nothing new. No matter if they are viewed on a screen or through VR goggles, the situation is as follows. The viewer has the possibility to move freely around the room. There are no restrictions and instructions for the viewer. To guide the viewer through the 360 room in a controlled way, the use of animation is a possibility.
I see great potential in using this technology, to present stores, facilities, art, learning materials and much more.
Therefore, in this tutorial I want to show you how to create 360 VR animations with Adobe After Effects. To keep everything as simple as possible, I will use a static 360° video, that I created with my Insta360 ONE X2.
In my opinion, Adobe After effects is currently the best program for creating VR animations. If anyone knows other programs, please let me know in the comments.
In the first step I open After Effects and create a new project. Then import your 360-photo or Video, where you want to add a VR animation. In my example I use a 360-video, which I created with my Insta360 ONE X2. To create the 360 degree animation environment, click on “window” and “VR Comp Editor” to open the After Effects plugin. The “VR Comp Editor” window will open where you can create a 2D edit.
After Effects automatically creates your 360-Editing and Final-Output Environment. You can switch between the Editing and Output-Rendering Environment with the buttons “Edit” and “Output/ Render” in the VR Editor.
In the Editing Enviroment you can move around in the 360-room with the “Orbit Around Cursor Tool”. The first Editing Step, I show you, is how to remove the Tripod in the 360-video. Point down to the Tripod with the “Orbit Cursor” and the select the “Clone Stamp tool”.
When you now click on the “Output” button in the VR Editor, you will see that the tripod has disappeared.
Now you will understand how the VR comp editor works. It is a kind of a converter. You can edit your 360 video in the editor and it will be automatically converted to a 360 degree video for export.
Create a new “3D Edit”. Now we can start to add the first 360 Animation. My idea is to create an avatar that guides the viewer through the 360 room. But first we start with a simple text example. For this I use the text tool and write an example test text on the image. When you now move around with the Orbit cursor the text always stays on the same place. To lock it, the text must be marked as a 3D layer. The text disappears, because it is now exactly in the zero axis. To make the text visible again, change the z-coordinate. Now the text becomes visible again in the 360 room. With the coordinate-system the text can be placed anywhere you like.
Of course, it is possible to animate the objects with movements. Keyframes are used for this purpose. For this, the keyframe function must be activated with the stopwatch symbol. Set a keyframe at a defined time. Then move the timecoursor to set another keyframe at another time stamp. In this example, the text moves from the first defined position to the second.
To create depth it is necessary that the avatar disappears behind objects. For this, masking is required. I recommend you to mask directly in the output composition. My tip is to create a new “mask” composition. Add the 360 Raw material as top layer and then create your masks. Now the 360 VR video animation is finished. After exporting, the video can be viewed in a 360 video viewer such as Insta360 Studio. You can also upload it to Youtube or Facebook and watch it, using your smartphone.
If you want to create your own 360 VR content, you will find all the important links above. As 360 camera, I recommend the Insta360 ONE X2. The Insta360 ONE X2 is optimal for creating 360° material. Currently the Insta360 ONE X2 is the best consumer 360-camera on the market. A link to the editing program Adobe After Effects can also be found above. You can test Adobe After Effects for free. After the trial period there are different subscription models available.
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