Editing Lightfield Video

In most cases, editing Lightfield video for Lume Pad is largely the same as editing 2D video. However, there are some caveats.

One major consideration is that Lume Pad has a 16:10 ratio. If you'd like to make use of full screen on Lume Pad, you may want to create a 16:10 video. However, 16:9 and wider ratios will play on Lume Pad with horizontal black bars above and below your content, or the user can double-tap the screen in LeiaPlayer and have the video fill their screen.

There are three kinds of video you can edit into Lightfield video that can play on Lume Pad:

  • 2D Video

  • 3D SBS Video

  • Quad Lightfield Video

2D Video

For 2D video, you have one major consideration which will affect decisions you make: will you want to keep the output in 2D and have it converted on-the-fly in LeiaPlayer? Or will you want to convert the finished product (or the original clips) into Quad Lightfield using Lightfield Studio?

If you wish to play it back on Lume Pad using Instant 2D to 3D conversion in LeiaPlayer, then the process is identical to editing a regular 2D video.

If you wish to adjust the depth of the conversion, make manual edits to the Lightfield views, or use the 2D clips as part of a larger Lightfield video, then you must first do as much editing as you can to the 2D video until the clips look the way you want, then use Lightfield Studio's 2D Content Conversion to convert the files into Quad Lightfield. To learn more about 2D Content Conversion, visit the Lightfield Studio Documentation.

3D SBS Video

Working in SBS is the recommended method for creating Lightfield video on Lume Pad. Users will be able to play the content back in both Stereo 3D View Mode and have it automatically converted on-the-fly in Lightfield View Mode if they wish as well.

Luckily, most major NLE's fully support 3D SBS video. These include:

Once you have your SBS master of your video, you can either use it as-is everywhere in the Leia ecosystem, or use Lightfield Studio to convert from SBS to Quad Lightfield for specific mastering for Lume Pad. To learn more about Lightfield Studio's Stereo Content Conversion feature, go to the Lightfield Studio Documentation.

Quad Lightfield Video

Currently, there is no tool to edit Lightfield native video such as Quad Lightfield. Though you can string Quad Lightfield video together in any NLE (video editing app), none of the tools in the apps are aware of the Lightfield format's structure, which limits what you can do with it. Due to this, we currently only recommend converting to Quad Lightfield as one of the last steps of your editing process if you choose to use it. In most cases, creators should probably work in SBS instead.

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