I’ve discovered an interesting problem this week when working with some older videos that I haven’t seen written about elsewhere online. I’ve reached out to Ricoh about it but haven’t heard back yet, hoping someone here has had a similar experience and maybe has a solution.
So for context first, I have two Theta cameras, a Theta S I purchased in 2016 and a 4K Theta V I purchased in 2018. Using the Theta S I shot, converted, edited, and uploaded 360 videos with no problems for years. Recently however I’ve been returning to some of those older Theta S videos and when I run them through the Ricoh Theta desktop app they come out with a strange issue that never happened before.
I’ll put the Theta S raw video into the program, select top-bottom correction, and the resulting video will have a kind of ‘drift’ to it. Basically its as if the video is adjusting to whats on happening on screen, in a 360 video viewer this will look like the camera is moving without user input to follow things like cars and people as they walk by. Note that this doesn’t occur when I don’t select top-bottom correction, but due to my camera positioning I really need to use that feature. This also doesn’t occur with any video shot on the newer 4K Theta V.
As an experiment I reconverted a video I had finished in 2016 and while the new video had this shake, the original video did not despite both being converted in the Theta app using top-bottom correction.
So I’m wondering:
- has anyone else experienced this problem and have a potential solution?
- Any ideas what may be causing it to happen in the first place? My guess is because of an update to the desktop app its now treating those Theta S videos differently than before, maybe converting them as if they were shot on the Theta V? Or maybe there’s a different app I should be using for the Theta S?
- If I can’t find a solution, any suggestions for other stitching apps I could use to finish up these older videos?