Final Cut Pro X: Create a tiny planet effect
You can use the Tiny Planet mapping setting on 360° clips in a standard rectilinear project to create a “tiny planet” effect. The entire 360° sphere is converted to a stereographic projection (mapped onto a flat plane). As a result, your 360° footage is presented in wildly distorted and interesting ways.
In contrast, the Normal mapping setting shows a standard image (a portion of the 360° image) in the viewer in a rectilinear project, and the full equirectangular image in the viewer in a 360° project.
In the Video inspector, scroll down to the Orientation section, then click the Mapping pop-up menu and choose Tiny Planet.
To modify the tiny planet effect, do one of the following:
Adjust the parameter controls in the Orientation section of the Video inspector.
Click the Orientation button in the Orientation section of the inspector, then drag in the viewer to adjust the Orientation parameters. See Change the 360° orientation using the onscreen control.
To constrain the movement to one axis, hold down the Shift key as you drag.
The following parameters are particularly useful for tiny planets:
Field of View: Zoom in or out on the tiny planet.
Pan (Y): Rotate the planet.
Tilt (X): Create an inverted tiny planet.
Tip: During production, have some fun and take a stroll around your tiny planet: Position your 360° camera, start recording, take two or three large steps away from the camera, then walk, ride, or skate in a concentric circle around the camera.