Hi everyone! Great to see you again. I’ve been busy as ever, testing a number of 360 cameras, including how to Distribute video playback in real-time. with the Insta360 Pro. So, I thought I’d spend this week’s Pass the Mic going through a tutorial for live streaming with the Insta360 Pro!
Insta360 Pro is a new professional 360 camera that can capture 8K 2D or 6K 3D 360 video. It can also live stream in 4K, either in 2D (30fps) or 3D (24fps).
Live streaming on the Insta360 Pro is much easier than with other professional 360 cameras. In this tutorial we will cover the basic method that uses RTMP.
Here is an overview of the basic steps:
1. Connect the Insta360 Pro to the internet.
2. Connect your smartphone, tablet, or PC to the Insta360 Pro.
3. Create a live stream event using your preferred live stream platform.
4. For best results, do a quick stitching calibration and adjust the The measurement of the brightness and range (latitude) of light being captured by the camera. Exposure is governed by ca... More and other settings as desired.
5. Begin streaming from the Insta360 Pro to your platform.
6. Start the live stream.
7. End the live stream.
Before we examine each of these steps, here’s a short video tutorial:
Now, let’s have a look at the steps in detail.
Step 1: Connect to the Internet
Option 1: Ethernet
You can connect the Insta360 Pro to the internet with either a wired or wireless connection. For a wired connection with an ethernet cable, you simply have to ensure your router uses DHCP and is configured to assign an IP address. After you turn on the Insta360 Pro, connect the ethernet cable to the LAN port on the underside of the Insta360 Pro. Your router will assign an IP address which will be visible on the upper left corner of the Insta360 Pro.
Option 2: Wi-Fi
Insta360 Pro is one of the few professional 360 cameras with a built-in Wi-Fi capability.
It has two Wi-Fi modes. One mode (AP mode) is to create an ad hoc Wi-Fi network used when you want to control the Insta360 Pro with your phone via Wi-Fi. Instead, the mode we’ll use is where the Insta360 Pro connects to an existing Wi-Fi network, strangely named Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi mode (as if they want to create a “who’s on first?” skit).
To switch to Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi mode, go to the Insta360 Pro’s main screen and press the settings button. The first option is Wi-Fi settings. Press the OK button to toggle this to Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi (instead of Wi-Fi: AP mode). Press back to the main screen.
Now we need to enter your Wi-Fi network and password. To do that, you’ll need your Insta360 Pro smartphone app. On the upper left corner of the app’s main screen, tap on QR Code Generator.
On the next screen, tap on the Wi-Fi tab and enter the network name and password. Then tap on the button to generate a QR code.
To scan the QR code, go to the Insta360 Pro’s main screen. Select the Wi-Fi icon and press the Settings button on the camera.
You’ll be prompted to show the QR code, and it’s at this point that you show the QR code on your phone in front of one of the lenses. Try moving it forward and backward to get the right distance.
When you hear a beep, it means the QR code has been read, and the camera will connect to the Wi-Fi network. When it’s connected, you’ll see an IP address on the upper left corner of the Insta360 Pro’s screen.
Step 2: Connect your PC/phone/tablet to the Insta360 Pro
First, make sure your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet is connected to the same network as the Insta360 Pro. Then, launch the Insta360 Pro app.
If you’re using a smartphone, use Connection Method A. Whether you use the desktop or smartphone app, you’ll be prompted to enter the IP address of the Insta360 Pro, shown on the camera’s screen.
Step 3: Create a livestream event
Use your preferred live stream platform (e.g., YouTube or Facebook) to create a streaming event.
The service I like to use is called LiveScale.net. It’s not free but it lets me stream simultaneously to multiple platforms, and can automatically create events for each of those platforms (I don’t have to create a separate streaming event for each one myself).
Whichever platform you use, you should have a Server URL and a Stream Key.
Step 4: Stitching calibration and adjustments
For best results, you should do a quick stitching calibration. On the main screen, look for the icon that looks like an arrowhead and press ok.
Move away from the camera as it takes a photo for calibration. In about a minute, the stitching should be automatically calibrated.
You can also adjust the video’s settings. From your Insta360 Pro desktop or mobile app, click on the Live Stream icon. From there, you can specify the The measurement of the brightness and range (latitude) of light being captured by the camera. Exposure is governed by ca... More and adjust variables such as brightness, saturation, and contrast.
You can also specify whether to record the live stream, and whether you want the recorded video as separate video files for each lens (for re-stitching on desktop) or as in-camera stitched video, or both.
Step 5: Begin recording on the Insta360 Pro
Begin recording by pressing the shutter on the desktop app, smartphone app, or on-camera buttons. The Insta360 Pro will now be transmitting to the streaming service, but the video won’t be visible to your audience yet.
Step 6: Start the livestream
On the streaming platform, begin the stream.
Step 7: End the livestream
When you’re ready, you can end the stream. As a reminder, there is a delay from the time of capture to the time it’s shown on the stream. Be sure to wait until the video on the stream is truly over before you end it.
As you can see, streaming on the Insta360 Pro is almost as easy as streaming with a consumer 360 camera. In addition, the Insta360 Pro has other streaming options such as via HDMI or with OBS using the Insta360 Pro’s built-in server.
If you’ve already received your Insta360, maybe today’s the day to Individual instance of a shot; a take = each time the camera is started and stopped. it out and try to Distribute video playback in real-time..
See you in a few weeks!