With today’s announcement of new tools for both AR and VR developers, Apple is getting serious about bringing immersive experiences to its global user base of millions.
Easy to miss among the buzzy headlines, though, were a couple of important updates that are going to make the lives of 360 creators better in the near term.
1. Final Cut Pro X is adding support for importing, editing and exporting 360-degree video. That means users of the Insta360 Pro will have one more choice for how to polish up their high-res 360 videos. Along with Final Cut Pro X, they’ll also be able to use any other 360-enable editing software, or Insta360’s own Insta360 Studio software.
Insta360 Pro users will have one more option for 360 video editing with the next update of macOS.
Support for 360 video editing will roll out with the arrival of macOS High Sierra, the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system. The public release is set for fall, but interested creators can sign up for the beta test here.
2. The macOS update will also see the arrival of support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), otherwise known as H.265.
That’s good news for 360 creators, because the Insta360 Pro is ready to shoot in H.265 – allowing users to capture and play back beautiful high-res 360 video without hogging disk space. Apple also says that “hardware acceleration on the new iMac and MacBook Pro deliver incredibly fast and power-efficient HEVC encoding and editing”.
Apple’s latest updates are one more sign that there’s never been a better time to pick up a 360 camera and shoot.