Shot Lab: The AI Tool That Edits Epic Clips For You in Minutes

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Create wacky videos with clones of yourself. Shoot stunning starry sky timelapses. Make hyperlapses that look like they were shot on an FPV drone. 

These videos sound like they would take a lot of skill and time to edit, right? Wrong. You can do all that and more with Shot Lab, the AI video editing tool in the Insta360 app. Or rather, the AI can do it for you.

Shot Lab makes creative edits easy. At your fingertips is a continuously-updated range of smart templates based on the latest and greatest camera techniques. All you need to do is shoot a video with one of Insta360’s 360 action cameras, say ONE R or ONE X2, then tap a few places in the app to insert your video into a template. That’s it! The AI does the rest. 

Want to see how it works? Here are the top 10 AI video editing effects in Shot Lab.


Pixelize is a new mind-bending effect that makes your limbs look like pixelated spaghetti! Technically, it’s achieved by dividing the image into multiple parts and then using the previous frames to fill in the image. All you have to do is set up your camera on a tripod and move around it, maybe showing off some of your dance moves.

Pixelize Shot Lab

Split Jump

Split Jump edits together multiple shots of you jumping in different locations, making it look like you’re floating in air or taking a giant leap across the world. All you have to do is shoot in slow motion (3K/100fps) and split-jump in different spots with the selfie stick out to your side. 

Split Jump Shot Lab

Clone Trail

Everyone’s favorite Shot Lab template is undoubtedly Clone Trail. This effect clones your body, creating multiple versions of yourself in the same video.

This cloning technique used to take hours in professional editing software. Now with Shot Lab, all you have to do is put the camera on a tripod, move around it and then import the footage into the app. The app then uses subject-tracking technology to identify your body and clone it. 

Shadow Clone

Similar to Clone Trail, the Shadow Clone template also clones your body to create multiple versions of yourself in a video. But while with Clone Trail, the duplicated clones are static and unmoving, your clones can move independently of each other with Shadow Clone. It’s the ultimate way to multi-task. 

Auto TimeShift

Shot Lab can also spice up your hyperlapses. The great thing about using a 360 camera is you can reframe your hyperlapse in different directions to highlight certain landmarks or objects. But looking through your footage to find the highlights can be tedious. The Auto TimeShift template uses AI subject recognition to find the highlights, reframe it and add dynamic speed ramping for you. 

Fly Lapse

Another hyperlapse effect is Fly Lapse. Using similar AI editing technology as the TimeShift template, the Fly Lapse template adds barrel rolls and faster speed ramping to mimic the flight of an FPV drone. 

All you have to do is simply walk in a straight line with the selfie stick. No need to move it in different directions—all the reframing edits are done in the app by the AI. 

Dolly Zoom

The Dolly Zoom is a classic optical illusion popularized by Alfred Hitchcock in the movie Vertigo. As the camera moves closer to a subject, the field of view zooms out, or vice versa. In this way, the background appears to get bigger while the subject gets smaller and vice versa. 

Traditionally, the camera is moved on a dolly, or a wheeled cart, while the camera operator simultaneously zooms in on the subject. But with Shot Lab, all you have to do is move backwards with the selfie stick. The app will track the subject in the foreground, while digitally zooming in on the background.

Stop Motion

Another cinematic effect that Shot Lab makes easy is stop motion. You just have to take a walk with the selfie stick out to your side, then the template uses subject tracking to detect your moves and make you moonwalk. There’s even different options—you can choose to keep your feet static or have them move forward or backwards. 

Stop Motion Mix

Stop Motion Mix takes the stop motion effect one step farther. No longer limited to one location, you can shoot clips in multiple different spots. The template will then take clips from all of these videos and make it look like you’re moonwalking across different scenes. 


Ever seen those “star trail” timelapse videos where the stars look like they’re streaking across the sky? With the Starlapse template, anyone can shoot them.

Just use the camera’s preset mode for starlapses, which sets an automatically-calibrated long exposure for you, and then shoot for several hours in an area with low light pollution. When you’re done, just put it in the app and it will add the star trails for you!

And more…

The best part is that Shot Lab is continuously updated with new AI video editing effects to keep your edits fresh. Shot Lab started with just seven templates a year ago and now hosts over 20 and counting.

Has your camera been sitting on a shelf for a while? Dust it off and discover some new things to do with it. Don’t have one yet? Head to our website to learn more.

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  2. Frederic 2021/09/12 at 12:11 am

    I bought the Insta 360 X2 and had quite a lot of fun with it.
    Been experiencing the different shooting modes, and with the “ Split Jump” I have a 50/50 chance so far to get the shot right.
    I do everything exactly as the video shows, but I have a 50 percent chance so far that I only get the landing part of the shot.
    Is my timing wrong?
    When I extend the selfie stick, I position my myself, press the shutter button, the. I can see on the display a blue message “ preparing to record”.
    In that time I bring the stick in front of me – The button flashes red on the camera – I jump, legs spread far apart and swing at the same time the.stick to my side.

    And like I wrote before, sometimes the AI cuts it real nice and it looks perfect, or I only get the ending of the jump.

    My question is: can I start recording, wait longer and the. Jump? Or how does everyone else do it?

    Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions


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  4. Anna 2022/01/27 at 6:03 pm

    Interesting post, thanks for sharing.

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  6. Kevin 2022/03/30 at 3:56 am

    Does anyone know how to delete a story lab? I can’t fix the tracking and when I chose the same video, it remember the previous tracking even if I deleted everything…

    1. Insta360 2022/04/02 at 10:03 am

      Which template are you using? For example, if you are using Piexlize, you can choose ‘reselect’. If you are using flash dash, you can click ‘don’t keep’.

      1. Nathan 2022/10/22 at 4:31 am

        I have a similar question, I was running the AI editing tool on my phone and accidentally turned off the camera. I have the Draft clips but it didn’t complete the compilation and it would let me re-run the tool.

        Is there anything I can do to try again? or am i stuck

  7. Jo 2022/07/24 at 4:35 pm

    Hello, I would like to know if “shot lab” and all these creative tools are available on your new camera “insta360 OneRS. 1 inch”

    1. Insta360 2022/07/29 at 5:17 pm

      Hello, the shotlabs are available with the new ONE RS 1 inch camera.

  8. OS 2022/10/28 at 3:08 pm

    none of this functions is available on the insta360 Studio software for PC

    1. Insta360 2022/10/31 at 10:44 am

      Correct. Shot Lab is only available in the Insta360 app so it can be used on your phone, tablet etc. Insta360 Studio (desktop software) is great for a more hands-on approach, with more options for detailed editing, settings and export. Hope that clears things up!


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