Charles Yeager  shows us how to take a regular After Effects project file, and turn it into a 360 video. He starts with an asteroid project file that he created 3 years ago using Element 3D, and converts it into 360 video using “SkyBox Composer” a new module in SkyBox Studio V2. It’s a quick and easy way to breathe new life into old scenes. His original project file is in 16:9 format, which is compatible with the new View-based Edit comp available in SkyBox Studio V2. That means you can work in a view that is similar to what you will see in your rendered 360 video inside a HMD, or on a smartphone.


Final Result: 360° Space Scene

Tools used


Original 3D After Effects Scene

Open After Effects original project file. Window > SkyBox Composer

SkyBox Composer Panel appears at right. Select “Add 3D Edit”.

View-based Edit comp with SkyBox Composer. Orbit your view with the camera tool.

Switch between SkyBox Studio V2 “Edit Comp” and equirectangular “Output Comp” in the SkyBox Composer panel.

Charles Yeager.
Filmmaker & Motion Graphics Artist currently residing in Little Rock, and always exploring new opportunities in the production industry. His projects have been recognized by Canon, Tiffen, Video Copilot, RØDE, Vimeo, GSG, VideoMaker, Filmmaker IQ, No Film School, BOOM Library, Film Convert, Tuts+ & Filminute.

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