Several 360-degree cameras have arrived in the past year for consumers, but a good, simple way to edit the video from them has lagged behind.
One of the best desktop apps I've seen is the Samsung Gear 360 Action Director app bundled with the company's Cyberlink's new PowerDirector 15 suite for Windows.. These tools are now available in
The package doesn't do stitching, so it's meant for cameras that export in equirectangular view (think of a flattened globe). But it has tools for trimming and combining 360 clips and adding titles, transitions and animated particle effects. You'll also have the option to convert 360 video to regular 16:9 widescreen clips while using the full spherical view as a virtual camera operator by panning and tilting through a scene.
The base PowerDirector 15 software ($70, AU$130 or￡80) includes the 360-degree tools, but if you want even more control, you can add the company's ColorDirector 5 ($130, AU$130 or ￡100), which uses motion tracking to accurately color grade objects moving thorough 360-degree video.
The suite has a whole host of editing tools for standard video, too, which includes some.
Cyberlink also debuted PhotoDirector 8, which oddly has several new video-related features, namely, options for using video to create stills. You can capture single frames, sure, but you can also turn a panning shot into panoramic photos or take a clip of someone moving through a scene and turn it into a multiexposure picture. And if you always struggle with group shots, you can use video to select the perfect expressions for everyone in the shot and create one still image.
PhotoDirector 8 Ultra ($100, AU$110 or￡80) is available for Mac and Windows version and includes 25GB of space on CyberLink Cloud for a year, while a Windows-only Deluxe package is $60, AU$65 or￡50.