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Tourist
Posts: 4

Is this the best quality I should expect?

Hi,  after stitching a quick test video with antishake and then Sharing from FCP using the Youtube preset at full resolution I'm quite disappointed by the lack of quality.  I thought it might be prudent to compare Fusion footage against reality instead of just my expectations and ask if anyone could post examples of the quality/resolution they are getting. 

 

Here's my example of disappointment in motion...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GXlGW7J1lM

 

Certainly doesn't look like awesome being super fuzzy and seemingly low res, plus the jiggling when walking is not good!

 

 

This video is about norientation
Hiker
Posts: 19

Re: Is this the best quality I should expect?

You should play more with export settings and keep in mind that YouTube compress and cut quality of your videos alot.

Nomad
Posts: 878

Re: Is this the best quality I should expect?

If you want the crispest image quality possible you're going to have to export the footage at ProRes quality (huge file size) and then upload to a service that offers a decent compression.  Youtube is great for sharing video's, but when it comes to 360 degree video's, they tend to compress it quite a lot.  It's never going to look as good as the original quality.

 

I filmed the attached footage with a GoPro Fusion in Alaska. I exported it at Pro Res and then edited it in Premier Pro using the GoPro reframe plugin and exported it as a standard 1080P video .  The final video footage quality looks great.  However the term "great" is subjective.  To me, it loooks "great" for a youtube video.  The original quality when viewed on my video editing PC is still far superior.

 

Tourist
Posts: 4

Re: Is this the best quality I should expect?

Hi, thanks for the feedback...

 

Yep, I recorded at 5.7k.... used Fusion Studio to stitch the footage and customized the 'Editing' export preset to set ProRes, then dropped the resulting file onto Final Cut timeline and exported ("Share") at highest resolution to Facebook.  It sounds like I could improve quality by using Compressor or some such software to fine tune the export settings and manually upload to not Youtube, but Vimeo.   

 

Ultimately there needs to be a cut-and-dried, repeatable process to achieve the highest quality result.  

Nomad
Posts: 878

Re: Is this the best quality I should expect?

It sounds like you're doing everything correctly and that Fusion Studio is doing what it should be.  You should check your export settings in Final Cut as that's going to be adding some sort of compression.  After that Facebook and Youtube will add their own compression formats which will also affect the final video quality.  So it's up to those two platforms to make the nessacary changes to support the highest quality 360 footage possible.  Please note though that the reason they have a quality drop there is so that more viewers using less powerful platforms (mobile devices, older tablets and pc's) can access the footage without experiencing interuptions.  So they are balancing their end users expections from a video sharing platform against what the uploader wants and in all fairness, they will always go with the larger number (so more viewers needs met vs a single uploaders needs).

 

The only other tip I can give you is that you're using your selfie stick incorrectly.  With most selfie sticks and cameras, you extend the stick and point the camera either at your face or at your subject, therefore making an angle at the end of the stick with your camera.  Your GoPro Fusion should actually be laying flat and in line with the stick (so no angle present).  This will give you the "floating camera"/"Angel View" effect that GoPro Fusions are famous for.