My second question is I saw a 360 video the other day where the stand and the person moving the camera was invisible within the 360 video. How does this work and does this require editing and if so in what software?
It would help posting a link to the video you were referring to. In general, the mounting pole "vanishes" in the stitching process, at least with the Freedom360 mount (which is why I invented that geometry). Hiding the person holding the pole can be achieved in three ways:
1. using a long pole (i.e. the 6m NodalNinja CF pole, extended to 3-5m) with counter-weights (or similar devices) at the end. If you are in a crowd, or a group of people, bringing the F360 towards the center of the action, you become a background object, barely recognizable as the person actually holding the camera. you could even hide behind another person.
2. for static shots, hiding a mounting plate for a pole under a piece of carpet is easy. or use a clamp/hook to hang the pole from the ceiling.
3. this is probably difficult or advanced: repeat the take twice: switching sides between the takes: you would need to have a robot like precision of your movement, but you could merge the 2 takes (in theory)