I’m happy to hear that my thoughts are helpful! Thanks for reading.
Another thing I forgot to mention. In the synchronize window, adjusting the Nearest Frame parameters is very difficult since there is no visual aid as to how the footage filenames correspond to the realtime preview. (Currently I have a physical hack around this: open up the .pano, write down the filenames on post-it notes, then stick the post-it notes directly on the computer monitor to where they correspond in the AVP realtime preview.)
So I had an idea of how to simplify the process of manually optimizing the footage synchronization (after the automatic motion analysis). Instead of needing to render out lots of different MP4 renders to test various sync attributes, could there be a window dedicated to testing, previewing, and choosing the optimal Nearest Frame selection? The idea came to me when using the After Effects ‘Brainstorm
Perhaps using that idea as inspiration to create a grid of previews. Which would then automatically render each of the previews and then play/loop at the same time. Allowing you to select one as your final choice. See a quick mock-up below.http://i.imgur.com/FqwbyrJ.jpg
The reason I’m particular about the synchronize workflow is because having a precise frame sync is very important when the final output is for a planetarium dome or high rez display. We actually see the full resolution on our 4k dome, so an immersive environment really utilizes the power of 360 video. So even after the automatic motion sync there is always a need to manually adjust a few videos, often by just one frame.
Charles Hayden Planetariumhttp://www.thefulldomeblog.com