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Insta360 Studio for One X tutorial (UPDATED 2019): convert 360 video into keyframed non-360 video with this FREE overcapture app for Windows or Mac — now you can SAVE projects!

Insta360 Studio for One X Tutorial
Insta360 Studio for One X Tutorial

Insta360 Studio for One X is a free 360 video editor for creating videos with cinematic camera movements through non-360 overcapture / reframed / freecapture videos.  It works not just for Insta360 One X but also for many other 360 cameras from other manufacturers.

Studio is a free app for Windows and Mac, and has long been my favorite app for converting 360 videos into cropped / non-360 overcapture-style videos with keyframed camera movements.  With the Insta360 Studio for One X version 3.2.1 or later, you’ll be able to edit unstitched Insta360 .insv videos and immediately convert them into overcapture videos without stitching them.  Here’s a tutorial.

Why use Insta360 Studio?

Insta360 Studio can be used to convert a 360 video into a non-360 video where you as the creator can control the view and show the viewers the perspective that you intended.

There are other software for converting 360 video into non-360 video, such as the GoPro VR Reframe effect in Adobe Premiere.  However, Studio is intuitive, and can change projections (e.g. changing from rectilinear to fisheye, which many 360 video editors can’t do).  It’s also available for free, for both Windows and Mac, and is compatible with 360 videos from almost any 360 camera, so long as the video is in standard equirectangular format (the aspect ratio must also be 2:1), and the video resolution can be up to 5.7K.  Insta360 Studio for One X is available as a free download here from Insta360.com.

Insta360 Studio Tutorial

Here is my new tutorial for 2019, with Insta360 Studio for One X (which can also be used for other Insta360 consumer 360 cameras, or to some extent even 360 cameras from other brands):

Here is my previous tutorial for the older version of Insta360 Studio:

How to save projects in Insta360 Studio?

On Insta360 Studio for One X, you can save your edits by going to File… Save.  The keyframe edits will be saved into the video file.

For the older Insta360 Studio, when you create keyframes, they are automatically saved.  When you reopen the same file, you’ll see the keyframes again:


How to save projects on Insta360 Studio
How to save projects on Insta360 Studio


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    • Hi sorry for the delayed reply. i didnt see this comment. i can’t find the save option either. i’ll find out from insta360.
      best regards, mic

  • Hi Mic, Xiaomi Mija files do not seem to be accepted by this programme. There’s sound but no video. Any ideas why this happens? Regards,

    • Hi Oliver. Xiaomi has two types of rendering. There is a checkbox for mp4. Try the other setting – it might work.
      Best regards,

    • Hi sorry for the delayed reply. i didnt see this comment. i can’t find the save option either. i’ll find out from insta360.
      best regards, mic

    • Hi Nick. Can you clarify what you mean by splice a section? you mean trim out the middle and have the two ends combine? If that’s what you meant, no it is not possible but you can render the two remaining segments and then combine them in your video editor.

        • The best 360 video editor afaik is Adobe Premiere. But you can also use Magix Movie Edit Pro Plus or Cyberlink PowerDirector. A good free 360 editor is Virb Edit. You can also try Davinci Resolve which is a pretty good free editor and then add 360 metadata manually with the metadata injector tool

  • When I export a screenshot from a stiched 360 image, the resulting file is blank (black). Exporting a screenshot from video works as expected. Anu suggestions why this may happen?

    Using the newest Insta360 Studio 2.14.3.

  • why can you not edit with the new insta one x…only export?

    I saw the old software you were able to edit…prefer to use this software instead of premier…any idea if editing will be available with the one x in the insta studio software?


  • After I add the set points like in your video and completed my project I click to export and the resulting export is almost immediate and the resulting file that saved to my desktop is blank (less than 1KB in size). Any fixes? I will note when I open the original file and click into free capture it automatically saved my previous key points so I do not have to redo my project points.

    • Hi Bobby. TBH i’m not sure why that is happening. What are your pc specs, are you exporting to your hard drive and do you have enough hard drive space left?

      • I’m running a last gen. MacBook Air. Purchased a MacBook Pro in the mail currently. I am saving to the hard drive and have a few hundred gigs free. The video itself is very short only two minutes in length with very minimal editing done to it.

      • I am currently running the previous Gen. MacBook air but have ordered a MacBook pro. The file is from a madventure 360 camera and edited in davinci (just spliced together not much done). I have a few hundred Gigs of space available and I am saving it to my hard drive. I have found others with this problem elsewhere but no answers.