You may soon be able to stitch 8K and 6K 3D 360 videos in-camera with optical flow stitching on the Insta360 Pro.
This update, expected in October, will utilize the Pro’s own graphics processor to stitch the footage. According to 360 Rumors blogger Mic Ty, it might even stitch faster than some PCs. This is the same graphics processor that enables the camera to simulataneously live stream and record and stitch 360 video footage.
Since the camera was launched in June, it’s been able to stitch 4K video in realtime using template-based stitching. So, this update would be a significant improvement not only in resolution of in-camera stitched video, but also likely in stitching quality due to the update’s use of optical flow stitching. (We recommend the third section of this article to learn when to use optical flow stitching versus template stitching).
Although it’s very likely that you’ll still want the control of stitching on desktop, for quickturn pieces this would give you the option to stitch on the fly so you already have stitched footage by the time you get back to your computer to edit OR it could also be a way to split stitching jobs between both your computer and the camera.
Here’s how quickly the camera will be expected to stitch one minute of optical flow stitching at various resolutions with the camera:
- Monoscopic: 9.6 minutes for 4K, 11.1 minutes for 6K, 14.4 minutes for 8K
- Stereoscopic: 16.5 minutes for 4K and 18 minutes for 6K
The Insta360 Pro can capture 8K 360 video, 6K 3D 360 video and can stitch–and live stream–4K video in real-time. It can be controlled and previewed remotely on Android and Apple devices. This update is sure to contribute to the camera’s reputation in the market as one of the easiest-to-use 360 cameras.