Virb Edit is a remarkable 360 video editor, with features not even included in some paid software, and it’s free!
Virb Edit is Garmin’s video editing software for its action cameras. They updated it for the Virb 360 to add features specifically for 360 video editing, and they did an incredible job!
– Add titles anywhere in your 360 video. Adding titles to 360 video is a little tricky because if you simply overlay titles on the video, they will look warped as you move higher or lower from the ‘equator’ of your 360 video. With Virb Edit, you can add titles that will automatically be mapped to your 360 video, keeping the normal proportions of the text no matter where you place them. Even Adobe Premiere Pro doesn’t do this (you need a plug in)!
– Change the heading. You can change the heading of the video (the view that a viewer first sees, assuming they are looking “forward”). This setting is under Stabilization … Set Initial Orientation. I have 360 video editors that can’t even do this (unless you do it manually by cropping and duplicating the video).
– 360-compatible transitions. There are several conventional transitions that look bizarre when used with 360 videos. Virb Edit lets you add transitions that are compatible with 360 videos.- Speed up or slow down the video. As fast as 800% (8X speed) or as slow as 12.5% (1/8th speed).
– G-Metrix and Maps. If you have a Garmin GPS or other device, you can overlay a map or statistics on your 360 video.
The only drawbacks are that so far it seems my exports are limited to 2.7K. I don’t know if that’s because my video clips are not from the Virb 360 or because of my PC hardware. I did order the Virb 360, which I hope to receive soon to see if I will be able to get 4K. You can download Virb Edit here (for Windows or Mac)
: This is bizarre, but I’ve found that if the footage I use is from Xiaomi or 2016 Gear 360, I can export at 4K 30 fps. If it’s from the 2017 Gear 360 (4096 x 2048), it’s limited to 2.7K. But if I mix footage from Xiaomi and 2017 Gear 360, I can export at 4k. On the other hand, if I add clips from the Nano or Air, the maximum I can export is 2.7K.