SkyBox Studio

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Author: Mettle

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Quick Overview

SkyBox Studio makes it easy to create 360/VR in After Effects. Create 360/VR motion graphics entirely within AE (including 3D plugins). Also great for importing stitched 360º footage and combining it with text, graphics and VFX.
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SkyBox Studio makes it easy to create 360/VR in After Effects.

Works within After Effects 3D space, and with most After Effects 3D plugins (mettle ShapeShifter Ae, FreeForm, FreeForm Pro, Trapcode Particular and Form, Element 3D, Plexus) .

SkyBox Studio: Highly Commended by 3D World Magazine

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3D World is one of the most respected and prestigious industry magazines. SkyBox Studio was awarded "Highly Commended” badge".
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SkyBox Studio has 4 modules that set up the 360/VR workflow in Ae.

Creator

Converter

Skybox Creator Automatically sets up all working comps and cameras necessary for 360 production in After Effects. Create a new 360 master composition, or to bring an existing comp into a 360 format. Skybox Converter Converts footage or stills between FullDome - Cubic Cross- Spherical - Equirectangular formats. Re-orient camera feature lets you add "post" movement to your 360 footage.
Extractor Viewer

Skybox Extractor Extracts an undistorted view from your stitched 360 footage. Makes it easy to do motion-tracking, object removal, add text, graphics and VFX to your comp.

Skybox Viewer Preview your 360 format, one frame at a time.

 

SkyBox Creator automatically sets up the 6 camera views necessary for 360/VR output

Cam Views

SkyBox Studio lets you generate the following formats:

360 Video (ie. youtube and facebook)

When uploading to youtube: Follow the instructions on this page.

FullDome, Cubic Cross, Equirectangular, and Spherical Formats

After Effects: Use a SkyBox Equirectangular Map and your background and reflections will perfectly sync.

For 3D Apps: Use a SkyBox Equirectangular Map to Import into Maya, Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, Houdini, Modo etc..

Extractor adds a Master SkyBox Camera

Camera
Extractor adds a Master SkyBox Camera as well as 6 more camera views that are parented to the Master Camera. We generate 6 “Faces”… Front, Right, Back, Top, Left & Bottom. These are strategically positioned to form the cube you see pictured above

SkyBox Studio Examples

Please note that 360º videos must be viewed with VR goggles, or on iOS, Chrome or Android browsers to get 360 view.

Michelle Obama 360 Tutorial


Josh Kimmis(CV GLobal) was really impressed by the Michelle Obama 360, which was produced The Verge and Lunar North. The 360 interview is a clever mix of 360 footage and 360 motion graphics that tells the story of how the First Lady mastered social media. Josh has kindly made a tutorial that shows how to add the same style of motion graphics to 360 footage, using SkyBox Studio in Adobe After Effects, the same production pipeline used by The Verge and Lunar North. It shows how anyone with 2D motion graphics experience can easily make the jump into 360 production. Download a free demo and follow along.

 

Loki 360° Experience


By CollectiveBKPThe project comprised of capturing 360 live action video and seamlessly connecting it to animated kaleidoscope sections. 2D and 3D elements were integrated with video footage in Adobe After Effects using Mettle Skybox Studio and 360 renders from 3ds Max. CollectiveBKP worked with Dubai based animation studio We Are Alive for support with the creation of the animated sections.

 

Hyundai Creta 360


By CollectiveBKPThe project comprised of capturing 360 live action video and seamlessly connecting it to animated kaleidoscope sections. 2D and 3D elements were integrated with video footage in Adobe After Effects using Mettle Skybox Studio and 360 renders from 3ds Max. CollectiveBKP worked with Dubai based animation studio We Are Alive for support with the creation of the animated sections.

 

Michelle Obama 360


By The VergeAn exclusive virtual reality interview with First Lady Michelle Obama on how she mastered social media. For the best experience, watch in Google Cardboard VR or the YouTube app on a mobile device. 360 video shot on the Jaunt VR camera.

 

Soulscapes 360


By Academy Award winning VFX artist Jesse NewmanThis 360° animation is an ambitious attempt to distill and visualize his spiritual beliefs. A fully-immersive 360 degree experience, created entirely in After Effects with Element 3D and SkyBox Studio. The logo for Soulscapes was designed by John Langdon, who created the ambigrams of Dan Brown's Angels & Demons and The DaVinci Code. The music is by M83.

 

Where's Waldo 360


By Corridor Digital  Shot with a Go Pro rig, stitched with Kolor software and put together in After Effects with SkyBox Studio for VFX, text, color grading etc.

 

360 Self-Promo Video by SoWhen?


By SoWhen? a digital studio located in France. This 360° promo video showing a not-so-typical day at their office. Shot with a Ricoh Theta 360° Camera, incorporating some traditional stop-motion animation and time-lapse techniques, and using Adobe After Effects with Mettle SkyBox Studio and SkyBox VR Player to put it all together.

 

Making-of 360 Self-Promo Video by SoWhen?


By SoWhen? this making-of 360 video was shot with a Ricoh Theta 360° Camera, using some traditional stop-motion animation and time-lapse techniques. They used Adobe After Effects with Mettle SkyBox Studio and SkyBox VR Player to put it all together.

 

Nissan Drives LeMans 360.


By Hamilton+Kidd  Made in After Effects with imported stitched 360 footage. SkyBox Extractor lets you "extract" a flat format so you can add graphics, do grading and VFX. Re-export in 360 format.

 

Atmos


By Africard  Combination of 360 footage and VFX and CG in After Effects with SkyBox Studio.

 

DotCalm.


By ASMRRequests Made with SkyBox Studio in After Effects with a combination of live action footage and CG models.

 

Tiny Planet from 360 Degree Motocross Footage


Made from stitched 360 degree footage imported into After Effects. SkyBox Converter changed the format from Equirectangular to Spherical Format. Motocross 360 footage courtesy www.ayrton.com/360/

Wookie on Vacation 360 Video


By Sam Macaroni. Youtube celebrity does a Star Wars parody 360 video. Shot in his living room in his full-sized Millennium Falcon cockpit!

 

1st Prize: SkyBox Studio 360 CountDown Challenge


Charles Yeager Made in After Effects with Element 3D and SkyBox Studio.

 

2nd Prize: SkyBox Studio 360 CountDown Challenge


Amine Bourezgui Made in After Effects 3D space and SkyBox Studio.

 

3rdPrize: SkyBox Studio 360 CountDown Challenge


Raymond Rivera Made in After Effects with Element 3D and SkyBox Studio.

 

A Brilliant Night | FullDome | SkyBox Studio


'A Brilliant Night' is a 7 minute FullDome animation presented at a fundraiser for Brain Cancer Research for the Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute) at The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium (Montreal). The animation was generated in After Effects using SkyBox Studio, and with Maxon C4D.

Duran Duran "Pressure Off" 360 Lyric Video.


Art Direction: Incredibull  Production:mettle Made in After Effects 3D space with SkyBox Studio, 2D graphics, and no additional plugins.

 

 

Duran Duran SkyBox Workflow

Duran Duran Workflow

Helmet Breakdown | Claude Autret | SkyBox Studio


Simple breakdown that shows SkyBox Studio generated Reflection Map used to perfectly sync scene with reflection. View full scene here: vimeo.com/132356584

 

Tutorials

Check the VIDEOS tab above

Upgrade Offer

Upgrade Notice: If you own SkyBox v1 you can upgrade to Studio for $124.50. If you own SkyBox v2 you can upgrade to Studio for $90. Simply login to the same account that you purchased v1 from and the discounted upgrade price will be automatically shown. If you need any assistance please open a support ticket

Tutorials

How to Add Text, Logo, and 2D video onto 360° Footage | Intro Level


Charles Yeager  This intro-level tutorial covers step-by-step: importing your stitched 360 degree footage, setting up your Main comp, placing a rectangular logo over your footage, and placing a round logo to cover the camera rig at the bottom of your composition. We also see how to use After Effects text tool for 360 video, and how to import flat (1920x1080) video, and integrate it over 360 footage.

 

How to Create a 360° Video in After Effects using SkyBox Studio and Element 3D Cityscape


Charles Yeager sets up a basic 3D scene in After Effects, using an Element 3D cityscape. He explores the features of SkyBox Studio, so you can learn about how the plugin works. He animates a camera in the 3D scene, and shows how to inject youtube metadata into the rendered video, so it can be uploaded and viewed in 360°.

 

How to Remove a Camera Rig From 360 Footage | SkyBox Studio


Chris Bobotis  shows how to remove a fixed camera rig from 360 footage, using SkyBox Studio in After Effects.

 

How to Add Effects onto 360/VR Footage | SkyBox Studio | After Effects


Mikey Borup  shows how to add effects to 360 footage. Includes how to add a watermark, object removal, compositing, color correction, lens flare and glow, add an Element 3D sphere.

 

3D Camera Tracking 360 footage in After Effects | SkyBox Studio


Mikey Borup  shows us exactly how to 3D Camera Track 360 footage in After Effects. He camera tracks a Billboard, and adds a 3D Rock into the scene.

 

How To Stabilize 360 Footage and Add VFX in After Effects | SkyBox Studio


Alex Vasutin  uses the SkyBox Converter "Re-Orient Camera View" feature with Camera Tracking data to stabilize his 360 footage. He then composites an explosion, smoke, and a flash of light with radioactive particles. He also adds a camera shake to his blast.

 

How to Add 2D Text to 360 Footage | SkyBox Studio


Chris Bobotis  shows how to add 2D text to 360 footage in After Effects using SkyBox Studio. This is an easy way to add a watermark or simple text onto your 360 footage.

 

How to Add 3D Text to 360 Footage | SkyBox Studio


Chris Bobotis  shows how to add 3D text to 360 footage in After Effects using SkyBox Studio. This makes your text look integrated into the 360 scene.

 

Create a youtube 360 video with SkyBox


Mikey Borup  shows us how to generate a YouTube 360 format sequence in After Effects. He uses Mettle SkyBox with Element 3D.

 

How to Use Adobe Media Encoder + Youtube Metadata Tools for 360/VR Video


Charles Yeager shows us optimal compression settings in Adobe Media Encoder for 360 Video. He also walks us through the youtube metadata tools, which are a necessary step for your video to play properly in youtube 360.

 

Create a SkyBox 360


David Oldani explains how to use SkyBox with Trapcode Particular and Element 3D.

 

Create a SkyBox 360 from an existing composition


David Oldani explains how to use an existing 3D After Effects comp to create an environment map for use in Element 3D.
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