Create a Tiny Planet effect in Final Cut Pro X and Motion

In Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4 and Motion 5.4.2, convert a 360° video object to a stereographic "tiny planet" projection. 

Clip in the viewer with the Tiny Planet effect

Create the Tiny Planet effect in Final Cut Pro X

You can use the Tiny Planet setting on 360° clips in a standard non-360° project to create a "tiny planet" effect. The setting converts the entire 360° sphere to a stereographic projection mapped onto a flat plane.

  1. Add 360° clips to a standard rectilinear Final Cut Pro project.
  2. Select the 360° clip in the timeline.
  3. Choose Window > Show in Workspace > Inspector (or press Command–4), then click Video inspector button to show the Video inspector.
  4. Scroll down to the Orientation section, click the Mapping pop-up menu, then choose Tiny Planet.
  5. To adjust the tilt and pan of the clip, click orientation button, then drag the clip in the viewer. To constrain the movement to one axis, hold down the Shift key as you drag. You can also adjust the individual Tilt (X) and Pan (Y) controls.
  6. To zoom in or out on the clip, adjust the Field of view slider.


Use the Tiny Planet filter in Motion

The Tiny Planet effect works best on 360° media in a standard, non-360° Motion project.

  1. Choose Window > Library (or press Command–2).
  2. In the Library, click Filters, then click Distortion.
  3. Drag the Tiny Planet filter from the Library stack to a layer or group in the Layers list, Timeline, or canvas.
  4. To edit the Tiny Planet's settings, select the filter in the Layers list or the timeline, then click Inspector. Or, click HUD button to edit settings in the HUD. 
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