Here are some steps to help you record 360° videos using your Insta360 camera and export the VODs.
Step 1: Download the Insta360 App
Step 2: Insert a microSD card into your Insta360 camera
Insert a microSD card into your Insta360 camera. For more compatible microSD card information, please click here.
If you purchased the turn-key Avatour kit, you should have received an Insta360 ONE X camera. The location to insert the microSD card is at the bottom of the camera, next to where you would screw the camera onto the Insta360 ONE X mount. See below for said location:
Step 3: Connect the Insta360 app to your camera
Before connecting your Insta360 app to your 360° camera, enable (i) WiFi, (ii) GPS, (iii) Bluetooth.
To connect the Insta360 app on your cellphone to your camera, click on the yellow camera icon at the bottom of the screen as seen below:
Then select what type of Insta360 camera you have and click yellow "Connect Now" button. Again, if you purchased the turn-key Avatour kit, you should have received an Insta360 ONE X camera as indicated by the screenshot:
The same basic procedure applies for the One R or One X2 cameras, although the screen images on the app will be slightly different.
Once you've connected to the camera, make sure your settings are correct. When you record through the Avatour host app, we automatically set the correct settings. However, if you use the Insta360 app, make sure you are on the video settings with the desired resolution. See below for the location of these settings.
You are now ready to record your 360° video!
Step 4: Edit and Export your 360° video
After you are done recording your video, you can edit and then export your 360° video.
The following is a very informative Youtube video from Think Media that will teach you how to make some edits to your recording via the mobile application.
To export your video, do the following:
1) At the top of the screen, press the button as circled in red to the right.
2) Press 360 video button to export as a 360° video.
3) Select your export vector. Most likely it would be either download or link share (the grey buttons).
4) Allow your video to export. We recommend selecting the "Remove Grain" button to remove the graininess from your videos. This can take a while depending on how large your exported video is.
To edit and share directly from your PC, first download and install the Insta360 Studio software
Once installed, connect the Insta camera to an available USB port and launch the application.
1) Press the down facing arrow on the left side to import footage from folders and connected devices
2) After importing, the footage is able to be edited via the application’s tools. A tutorial highlighting the software's features and options can be found here.
3) Once the necessary edits have been made the the footage can be saved by selecting “Export” on the right upper side of the application and configuring the desired output settings.
(We recommend setting the output resolution to 5120x2560 or 4096x2048 and the output bitrate to 50 Mbps to keep the file size manageable.)
Step 5: Uploading to Host Dashboard
When you finally have your video file, you'll need to upload it to your Avatour cloud account in order to share it in an Avatour session. Transfer the file to your PC or laptop, and follow the instructions in this knowledge base article to upload and configure your file.