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Animating a Single Panorama

The Animation Editor allows you to create self-playing panoramas. You can animate the pan, tilt and field of view perspectives and then export the project as a movie file that you either upload directly to YouTube or import to your NLE (video editor).

  1. Open the Animation Editor by doing one of the following:

    • Go to Tools and choose Animation.

    • Click on the Animation button in the Toolbar.

  2. Add a clip by clicking the New clip button in the Clips section.

    In the dialog that pops up, give the clip a Title and click, OK. You’ll then see the clip listed in the Clips section.

  3. Choose a frame overlay. Right-click in the editor and choose your desired overlay.

    If you know that you will be outputting a movie with a frame size of 1280x720, then you would choose the 16:9 overlay.

  4. Start animating! First rotate the panorama to where you want the panorama to move.

  5. Add keyframes using the Magic Keyframe feature. Click the star to add the magic keyframes.

    The magic keyframe feature allows you to add evenly timed (constant speed) keyframes. The default speed is 10 degrees per second. You can change to any value.

  6. Rotate the panorama again.

  7. Add another group of magic keyframes by clicking the Add Magic Keyframes button again.

  8. Play it back to see if it’s what you want. Edit the keyframes by doing any of the following:

    • Drag the keyframes to re-adjust.

    • Each keyframe has bezier curve handles. Drag these handles to modify the motion.

    Delete a keyframe by doing one of the following:

    • Right-click and choose Delete keyframe

    • Drag the mouse over the keyframes to select one or more and hit the Delete key.

    Learn more about editing keyframes.

  9. When finished editing, close the editor. Your changes will be saved.

  10. Output the movie. You have a few output choices: Video and Frames.

Output a video file

FFmpeg must be installed.

  1. Open the Output panel.

  2. Add an Animation output by clicking on the Add Output button.

animation output

  1. Open the Animation panel and in the Video section, enter a video resolution.
    If you used a 16:9 overlay in step 3, then your resolution would be something like 1280x720 or 1920x1080.

  2. Enter a frame rate.

  3. Select Generate video file.

  4. If you won’t need the frames, select Delete frame files after video creation.

  5. Click the Generate Output button.

  6. Choose, All Frames or if you have multiple clips, choose Clip and select the clip to output.

    ✭ Tip: You can create multiple clips from the same image to capture different perspectives or projections.

  7. Click Render.

Output frames

  1. Open the Output panel.

  2. Add an Animation output by clicking on the Add Output button.

  3. In the Frames section, choose the file format of the frames. If you choose JPEG, define the quality.

  4. Edit the filename if needed. The image sequence number will be appended to the file’s base name.

  5. Click the Generate Output button.


See also

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