Media Encoder – 8K video & 8K 360 VR video for YouTube

Software:
Adobe Media Encoder CC 2018

Recently YouTube added support for uploading HEVC H.265 video encoding.
That’s great news for anyone wanting to upload 8K video from Adobe Premiere Pro CC, or After Effects CC, because there’s no need to use inconvenient third party workarounds and plugins like WebM, DNxHD etc.
Abobe Media Encoder doesn’t allow encoding H.264 at higher than 4K resolutions*, but has native support for HEVC H.265 that does allow 8K encoding.
* There’s a commercial plugin that encodes H.264 at 8K.

Another convenient & time saving feature in the Adobe Media Encoder H.265 output module is the option to add panoramic VR video meta-data to the file eliminating the need to use meta-data “injection” utilities,
So uploading 8K stereo 360 VR video to YouTube became completely hassle-free 🙂

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Creating a 360 VR video sequence in Premiere

Software:
Premiere Pro CC 2018

  1. Right click the Project Window and choose New Item > Sequence to create a new Sequence.
  2. In the new sequence settings, in the VR Tab, set the VR settings.
  3. Use the Toggle VR Video Display in the Program monitor to switch to panoramic display.
    * if the Toggle VR Video Display button doesn’t appear in the toolbar, use the Button Editor to add it.

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