What was once a complex process of alignment, synchronisation and stitching with multiple camera/file systems, is now made infinitely easier thanks to Canon’s EOS VR Utility², which makes conversion of the stereoscopic footage and stills for editing and playback, a much more efficient process.
In order to properly experience the 180° VR footage or still image through a VR headset, the order of the left and right eye images must be switched and an equirectangular conversion of the two circular fisheye images must be performed. This equirectangular conversion requires the use of Canon’s EOS VR Utility, and effectively ‘de-squeezes’ the two circular fisheye images into two side-by-side ‘square’ images - a standard format for 180° VR image files, ready for viewing on a VR headset or editing in a compatible software application or NLE system. A checkbox in the EOS VR Utility allows users to toggle between the converted and non-converted views.
Preview and playback the movie file, while marking the desired in and out points for export. Movie files can be exported into various resolutions and professional codecs, including DPX and ProRes files, ready for editing and grading in a compatible NLE application such as Adobe Premiere Pro. Still images are exported as JPEGs.
A paid subscription is required for the Canon EOS VR Utility however users can enjoy a free trial period and perform conversions of still images and videos shorter than two minutes. By subscribing to the EOS VR Utility and EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro subscription service, you can unlock the more advanced and professional features of the applications, such as Conversion of movie clips longer than two minutes and High-quality DPX/Pro Res movie exports.
¹ May require the latest firmware update for VR compatibility
² EOS VR Utility and the EOS VR Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro are required to perform the equirectangular switch of recorded 180° VR images from a compatible Canon camera. A paid for subscription service may be required to access all the higher functions and export codecs
³ A paid subscription is required for EOS VR Utility for videos over 2 minutes long