Use Software, Not Stitches, to Defish, Extend and Create Video for 360 Viewing from Single-Camera Ultra-Wide Footage

Re:Vision Effects, past winners of the Academy's Sci-Tech Award for its family of video plug-ins, has released RE:Lens, a new tool that unwraps super fisheye and ultra-wide footage shot with a single camera into undistorted panoramic and 360-degree video, without a single stitch in post. The plug-in is currently only available for Adobe After Effects CC.

In a few short steps, RE:Lens straightens curved video captured with wide-angle and fisheye lenses and turns single-camera clips, like those shot with the Entapano Entaniya Fisheye lens on a GoPro, into video panoramas or footage suitable for 360 viewers. When starting with much higher-res footage shot with an ultra-wide professional lens, such as Canon's EF 8–15 mm f4/L Fisheye, RE:Lens lets users pan and scan but also shift the POV between two animated virtual cameras. 

The proof is in the pudding: Check out these examples in the company's demo, below, that banish lilliputian heads and disappearing legs forever.