Insta360 Goes Halvsies, Bringing 180° Capture To Pro Series

Company looks to teach old dogs new tricks

At the end of last week on VRFocus we brought you news of how innovative camera firm Insta360’s announcement of their new ONE X 360-degree camera, which the company touted as the “future of the action camera”. The 5.7K camera bringing not just 360 degree video capture but a number of other very attractive features for filmmakers – and in particular ones looking to create experiences in the virtual reality (VR) space.

Today we bring you more news about Insta360 and new features that were announced today at the Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles.

Insta360 is set to roll out a free software update that will, in effect, teach their old dogs some new tricks. Adding support for 180 degree 3D video capture to the firm’s pro-level VR cameras the Insta360 Pro and Pro 2.  Making them the first cameras at professional level to capture both 180 and 360 degrees. The update coming to both the camera firm’s own Insta360 Stitcher software and the integrated extension that’s a part of Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

“Using the new 180 3D feature, Insta360 Pro and Pro 2 users will have the option to isolate the footage captured by only the lenses necessary to capture a 180 3D video.” Explains the company in a statement. “This footage can be used to easily create a high-quality stereoscopic 180 video for playback in a VR headset, at a resolution of 4K x 4K per eye.”

Insta360 Pro camera software“There’s a huge overlap among the creators who are innovating in 180 and the ones innovating in 360.” Adds Max Richter, Insta360’s Head of Marketing. “For the first time ever, they can capture pro-quality content in both formats with one camera and one seamless workflow. Even better, they can shoot both 180 and 360 at the same time from a single vantage point.”

The update is set to be launched later this month, although no exact date has yet been given. VRFocus will bring you more news about developments in the 360 degree camera trade very soon.

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