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Hiker
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GoPro Fusion Virtual Tour Capabilities

Hello,
We have been producing virtual tours of the dairy cow barns we design using a DSLR camera to cature the media, then stitching the photographs together in PTGui, then assembling the tour using Kolor Panotour. We have been quite successful producing the tours this way. Here is one as an example: http://testingserver.jeffprashaw.com/lakeland_college_artex_version/index.html.
Now we are looking at using the GoPro Fusion to do the same thing but in a video format. My question is will the desktop software allow us to produce a tour where there are multiple scenes, or locations? Will it also allow us to add "hotspots" that will follow certain feature, or products, in each scene where the used can click the hotspot and a brochure or video will pop up.
Thank you for helping us learn more about the capabilities of this product.
Jeff


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Re: GoPro Fusion Virtual Tour Capabilities

If you already have Kolor software, you'll still be able to use that. Shouldn't be any changes as far as that is concerned, but you can also use GoPro Fusion Studio, which is optimized to handle Fusion content. Once you stabilized, stitched and rendered the Fusion files in GoPro Fusion Studio, you can then take that rendered file and create any number of interactive experiences with it in a variety of programs or platforms.

 

When importing content in GoPro Fusion Studio, you want to import the entire folder, not individual files. When you unzip the sample file, you'll see a folder called "Fusion Sample". That's the folder you want to select for importing. In that folder are two sub-folders that hold the files for the content from the front lens and another for the content for the rear lens. When you import Fusion Sample, the software will match up the files from the two sub-folders and automatically create a preview stitch of each shot. Then, you can select which shots you want to stitch and render.

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GoPro
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Re: GoPro Fusion Virtual Tour Capabilities

 

Hi @jprash78

 

Thank you for sharing the information.

Fusion Studio allows you to stitch the 360 videos taken with your Fusion camera.

You will need a 3rd party application to get the stitched files merged with other 360 files.

You may use Adobe Premiere Pro for this or any other applications you prefer.

 

For additional reference, you may check these articles:

What is Fusion?

Fusion Tips Tricks

GoPro Fusion Studio App FAQ

 

Thanks!

Ej

Hiker
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Re: GoPro Fusion Virtual Tour Capabilities

Thanks @aragon1006

 

So the Fusion program processes the media on the camera.

What file format(s) is the result?

MP4?

GoPro
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Re: GoPro Fusion Virtual Tour Capabilities

 

Hi @jprash78

 

Yes.

Video file format is .mp4 and also includes .thm and.lrv files.

 

 

Thanks!

Ej

 

Hiker
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Re: GoPro Fusion Virtual Tour Capabilities

So the .mp4 is a 360 degree video file?
Does any viewer allow dragging to look around the scene?
What do the .thm and .lrv files do?
GoPro
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Re: GoPro Fusion Virtual Tour Capabilities

Hello @jprash78

 

The .thm files are Thumbnail video files which are used to display a thumbnail image of the video while the .lrv files are Low Resolution Video files There are more information about these files here

The rendered file (360 video) from Fusion Studio could be dragged to, or viewed using the GoPro VR Player that allows looking around the scene. The player is downloaded with Fusion Studio

 

Thanks, 
Marius

 

Hiker
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Re: GoPro Fusion Virtual Tour Capabilities

Just to add to the above, the .mp4 file will be an equirectangular video (the video file will be framed in a relative 16x9 format, but the top and bottom will be distorted). You can import it into Premiere just like any video file, and as long as you have some VR or "immersion" plugins installed, Premiere will recognize that the format needs to be unsqueezed for playback. When exporting, make sure that the Video tab has "Is VR" option is checked for platforms like Youtube to recognize as such.

Hiker
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Re: GoPro Fusion Virtual Tour Capabilities

Excellent @gregsonfilm thank you!

The software I use to build tours with multiple scenes and additional media is Panotour.

So I'm now researching if Panotour can import a .mp4 file to use as a scene.

There is a VR mode option so I'm thinking this may be possbile.

Does anyone have a link to download an example of the .mp4 360 file that is output from Fusion Studio?

If I have one I can test.

Thank you.