Insta360 Speeds Up Workflow with New 360 Reframing Tool, Better Stabilization & Quick Reader

Christmas just came early for Insta360 users!

Insta360 released today an update that speeds up their entire action cam workflow, from stabilizing videos, to transferring files and reframing.

The update marks the fourth big update for Insta360 in 2021, with previous updates bringing new features like loop recording and 360 horizon lock to ONE R and brand new software interfaces for the Insta360 app and Studio. 

“Insta360 remains committed to improving our cameras long after you unbox it for the first time. We hope this update helps our users get better footage out of their cameras and make more creative edits, easier,” said JK Liu, founder of Insta360. 

The ONE R and ONE X2 firmware and app updates are now available to download here. Plus, Black Friday deals start on November 24 at the Insta360 Store, with ONE R discounted 15% off and ONE X2 discounted 10% off. Before then, you can also sign up here to receive a free Invisible Selfie Stick with your purchase.

Snap Wizard: Revolutionizing how you reframe 360 videos

One of the most magical things about a 360 camera is the ability to “shoot first, point later”. By recording in every direction, you don’t have to decide where to point the camera when shooting. Later, you can edit a 360 video to find the perfect angle and then export it into a flat video. But traditionally, this process of reframing can take quite a bit of time and practice. 

Snap Wizard is a new tool in the Insta360 app that streamlines the reframing process by recording your edits automatically. All you have to do is open a 360 video, tap the record button and then let the app record your edits. You can change the angle in one of three ways:

  1. Physically move your phone to point the video in the direction you'd like 
  2. Swipe the screen to pan around or zoom in and out
  3. Use the app’s built-in “Deep Track 2.0” to select a target. The AI will track it and reframe the footage automatically to keep the target in center frame 
Snap Wizard 360 reframing tool

You can also record multiple reframing edits side by side using the same clip. Reframed videos can be exported instantly from the Snap Wizard interface with just the tap of a button. While resolution settings are fixed, the fast workflow is ideal for editing and sharing on the go. Want to take your time editing with keyframes instead? All these controls are still available under the existing editing interface.

Snap Wizard is only compatible with iPhone 8 or above models (A11 or above chips); iPads with M1 chips; and Android Devices with Kirin 990 and above chips (e.g. Huawei Mate 30 and above), Snapdragon 855 and above chips (e.g. Google Pixel 4/Xiaomi Mi 9 and above), or Exynos 990 and above chips (e.g. Samsung Galaxy S20 and above).

Quick FlowState: Gimbal-like footage with no editing needed

Filming gimbal-like stabilized videos with the ONE R 4K and 1-Inch Wide Angle Mods is now also much easier and faster with “Quick FlowState”, a new in-camera stabilization mode.

Quick FlowState is an upgrade to the previous “Basic” in-camera stabilization algorithm, with greatly improved stabilization straight out of the camera. The level of in-camera stabilization is now comparable to Insta360’s stabilization algorithm applied in post. 

quick flowstate stabilization

Videos recorded in Quick FlowState mode don’t need to be processed in the Insta360 app or desktop Studio software, and are ready to share immediately. Eliminating this extra editing step also eliminates one step of compression, resulting in crisper videos. The mode is also now available for 4K 50fps standard video and loop recording modes, as well as the 4K 30fps, 25fps and 24fps modes previously supported under Basic stabilization. 

In order to enable Horizon Lock and adjust the aspect ratio after the fact, you can record in Pro mode and apply FlowState Stabilization in the Insta360 app or Studio instead. 

Quick Reader: A faster, better way to edit on your phone

Transferring files onto mobile devices is now faster thanks to a new accessory, the Quick Reader. The Quick Reader is a removable storage module that can be plugged into both the camera and a mobile device.

When the Quick Reader is plugged into the camera, files can be saved directly onto a SD card installed in the Quick Reader. The Quick Reader can then be directly plugged into a mobile phone or tablet to transfer and edit files. It comes with both a Lightning connector for iOS devices and a Type-C connector for Android devices. 

Quick Reader Horizontal Version
Horizontal Version (ONE R)

Transfer speeds are faster than over Wi-Fi, promising a much more speedy workflow when editing on a mobile device. Using the Quick Reader also saves the camera’s battery, as there’s no need to maintain a Wi-Fi connection between the camera and phone.

Two versions of the accessory are available, a Horizontal Version for ONE R and a Vertical Version for ONE X2, to ensure the Quick Reader remains “invisible” when shooting 360 footage.

Available now

The update also brings a few experience improvements requested by users. In the app, iPad users can now use landscape mode for more convenient editing. On ONE R, the touchscreen interface has also been improved and is more responsive.

The firmware and app updates are now available to download here. The Quick Reader is available to purchase at the Insta360 Store and retails for $59.99.

Black Friday deals start on November 24 at the Insta360 Store, with ONE R discounted 15% off and ONE X2 discounted 10% off. Before then, you can also sign up here to receive a free Invisible Selfie Stick with your purchase.

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