The Garmin Virb Edit software package is an end to end solution for your 360 videos. Just about anything you would want in a post production software for action cameras, the Garmin Virb Edit has it. There are plenty of great features in this software.
Garmin Virb Edit Features
The Garmin Virb Edit has many great features. For video editing you can slice, split, trim right and left, increase or decrease the speed, rotate 180 degrees or rotate horizontally. The G-Metrix sensor data is a very big portion of the Garmin Virb Edit features. In the G-Metrix menu you have a templates tab, gauges tab, appearance tab and a data tab. In the templates tab you build your own templates or use the default options available to you. In the Gauges tab you can add different styled overlays for different pieces of data. After placing multiple gauges you can then go to the appearance tab and edit the location, scale and rotate them around the 360 degree video view. You can also change the three main colors of each gauge for your own preference. Lastly you can edit the actual data itself and see what data matched up with what gauges.
Full Tutorial and Walkthrough
Right when you open up the Garmin Virb Edit software you will see the Gallery page on the top half of the window. Here you will see the existing videos that you have created in the past. You can use the search option to search for videos and photos that you have modified. The search options also enable you to sort them by recently edited as well as a sort them by name.
The media library will display all data that you have imported from the Garmin Virb 360 camera. Here you will find all the photos, stitched photos, videos and stitched videos listed. You can sort the library by the day or by the month. There is also a filter settings option which allows you filter the data by photos, video, 360 only, single lens only or display all data.
Creating a New Video
Once you have found the video you want to edit or have the video imported from your Garmin Virb 360 camera, you can now click on the create video button to start editing your new video.
Here we can start dragging and dropping the specific video clips that we want to combine or edit. Select each video and drag them to the storyboard window at the bottom of the screen.
We can now see our video clip and are ready to start editing it.
I would recommend increasing the zoom so that you can easily see the entire video and its details on the storyboard.
If you imported the video directly from the Garmin Virb 360 Camera, you will probably see a few G-Metrix data icons above the story board at specific times throughout the video. Those are letting you know what type of G-Metrix data was captured and was changing at that point in time during the video.
Now when we select the Editing menu item on the left side of the screen we get some options to apply to the video. We can rotate the clip 180 degrees, this does exactly what the description says and rotates not only the video but the G-Metrix data captured for that video as well.
Another option available is the Mirror clip, this takes the video and horizontally flips the video.
Trimming left or right cuts off the video where our current location is at on the storyboard on the bottom window.
Splitting the video is a very useful option. This enables you to split a video where you might want to add a transition or audio change or potentially want to combine or move clips of video to different locations of the storyboard.
The Clip Speed option lets you increase or decrease the videos current speed by 8 times. This is useful if you want to display you moving through part of the video that might not be as interesting as the others or potentially want to watch in slow motion while doing something very interesting in the video.
Transitions are a nice option when you are doing a lot of combinations of videos or have trimmed and deleted part of the video clip and want to easily transition to another part of the video. The transition options are pretty basic and what you expect in a typical video editing software. The options are : none, slide left, slide right, slide up, slide down and a cross fade. In my video I show each one and what it looks like.
In the image below you can see each transition applied in between each video clip.
If you are a hardcore action type of person, this is going to be one of your favorite features of the Garmin Virb Edit software. On this menu, we can do a lot of cool stuff including creating and editing templates, add gauges to the overlay, edit the appearance of those gauges and be able to edit or turn off specific sensor data captured in the video.
There are many default template options already built in the Garmin Virb Edit software. You can select each one of the already built templates and see what they look like in the preview window on the right side of the screen. A few of the standard built templates included are as listed : Default, classic, centrist, core metrics, down view, futurist, grounded, helmet, race day and also none.
You can also create your own templates.
Also included in the templates tab is a search options. In case you create multiple custom templates or potentially import others into the software, you can then easily search and find the one that you want to use.
Once you go through the entire process of adding gauges, editing the appearance, changing the colors and placing them all over the 360 degree video then you can save it for future usage.
In the gauges tab you are given a few options to find the specific gauge that you want to add to your video. You can search over all the gauges by using the search field at the top of the gauge tab window. Also, you can select the specific data type that you want to create a gauge for. Select the ‘select a data type’ combobox to see all the data that can be involved with a gauge. There is a ton of different data types that are associated with many gauge overlays.
Here is a list of all the data types :
- Relative Elevation
- Heading (True)
- Circuit Shape
- Recorded Speed
- Recorded 3D Speed
- Calculated 2D Speed
- Calculated 3D Speed
- Vertical Speed
- Pitch and Roll
- Rotations in Air
- Jump Height
- Jump Distance
- Jump Number
- Date and Time
- Circuit Shape
- Lap Times
- Lap Count
- Barometric Pressure
As you can see above, there are quite a lot of different data types and gauges for each one.
So lets go ahead and drag and drop a few onto our video preview on the right side of the screen
As you can see you can continuously add and edit any amount of gauges anywhere within the 360 degree videos view space.
This is a really cool option for all your gauges that you have placed on your 360 degree preview video window. You have the ability to transform the gauges by vertical tilt, horizontal tilt, scaling and rotation values. For each one of those transforming values you can either edit them using a slide bar or by directly interacting with the overlay on the video itself. There are a ton of values you can play with to make the perfect overlay for your video.
You also get the option to change the main three colors of your gauges. But for the colors they are applied to each one of your gauges currently on the video. This makes sense because you want everything to be the same design and color so it won’t be too distracting for the user watching your video.
Under the data tab, you get some options for the actual data that the G-Metrix sensors have captured throughout your video capturing. Here we can turn on / off the overlays for the current clip that you are modifying. This is nice if you only have a small part of the video that has a lot of interesting action in it. You can turn it off until you get to that point then display all the G-Metrix data in the overlays for the user to see.
You also get the ability to remove specific pieces of data if you don’t want to use them.
Another quick option under this tab is the ‘find gauges’ button next to each Data Type. This way you might not think or know of any good gauges to use for the data and the software will show you which ones would work well for the data being displayed.
The Activity Start Time button enables you to set the starting point for all of your activity, this will help Virb Edit to calculate the correct values for distance, duration, laps and other data.
The Set Relative Elevation option enables you to see the starting point to being calculating relative elevation. You don’t always want to keep or calculate data when you don’t want it to. This is helpful to set affect overlays containing relative elevation.
Stabilization is probably the most important feature of the entire Garmin Virb Edit software package. Most 360 degree videos and content are too shaky to actually watch in a VR headset for long periods of time. Having a stabilization feature for your videos will make it that much better than everyone else’s videos. It makes your video very watchable and a much higher chance of users watching and liking your videos.
There are many options for the Stabilization menu item. The options are as listed : no stabilization, stabilize only, follow path and lastly compass lock.
This one is pretty self explanatory. Obviously this will not attempt to apply any type of stabilizing option to your video. This could be useful in different types of videos that you are recording and publishing online.
The vibration reduction option seems to only be useful for specific types of videos. The description says that is best for roller coasters and airplanes. I tried to use this option in many of my videos but sadly that either did not work or didn’t change the video at all. If in the future I decide to record either a roller coaster or airplane I will make sure to upload an example to this overview.
This is definitely the best option in the stabilization menu items. Stabilize only smooths out quick movements and vibrations while also correcting the horizon. It is best used for fixed mounting to an object that provides a frame of references, like a windshield, hood, wing or roll bar.
The follow path option is a very interesting one. If you have a camera attached to a bike helmet this is probably a great option especially if you move your head around a lot in the video. In addition to stabilizing the footage, the view will follow the trajectory of the camera. It is best used for head, handheld or body worn where there is not a clear frame of reference. For example when helmet mounted your viewers will see where the camera is moving to instead of where your helmet was pointing while recording. Best examples for this are mountain biking, cycling, running, surfing, kayaking and wake boarding.
Compass lock is a cool option for controlling the view point of the video. In addition to stabilizing the footage, the view will point in a specified direction instead of the direction the lenses are pointing at. It is best used for head, handheld or body worn where there are many changes in direction. For example, locking the view to a point on the horizon in your skydiving footage may help prevent your viewers from experiencing motion sickness during playback. Good examples for using this are downhill skiing, snowboarding and skydiving.
I go over each stabilization option as well as have a video clip of each result in my Stabilization Options post. Make sure to check it out and see the differences of each on different video clips.
The soundtrack menu item enables you to add different audio files to your video. There is a large selection of audio files and music to choose from, but sadly the only other option for these files is adjusting the volume. You can’t edit the duration of the audio clip and you can’t move it to a specific location in the story board. So if you wanted an audio clip specifically for a 10 second video clip, you now have to add that audio through a different software package for it to work correctly. Sure, having the ability of adding audio to a video is a nice touch, but only if the features are actually useful throughout the workflow process. Seems like a wasted opportunity of making a great audio feature in the Garmin Virb Edit software.
Titles enable you to add text wherever and whenever you want in your 360 video. You can set the font size, color, font type and alignment of the text. Additionally you can set the start time to display the text within your video and also set the duration of the text to be displayed and the ability to fade in and out the text.
The duration of the text has a default range of values to select of : 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 seconds.
The fading in and out also has a default range of values to select of : .5, 1.5, 2, and 5 seconds.
You can also drag around the text on the preview video window on the right side of the screen to make sure your text is at the exact location you want. All of these features are great if you are wanting to add text to a specific object or building in the video as well as grab the users attention while watching your video.
The map menu item seems to be pretty buggy for me at the moment. In my video clip of going through the entire software the preview window continuously resizing itself from 0% to 100% making the screen freak out until I clicked on another menu item. There doesn’t seem to be any options to turn on or off or anything additional on the Map menu item screen on the left side of the screen. It will be interesting what exactly they plan on doing with this Map feature in the future version releases of the software.
The sharing option at the top right hand corner of the software enables the users to share the video to the typical 360 video platforms. You get the options to share to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and also Garmin Connect. I have not tried these myself, because I mostly export the video and do slight edits in other software packages before manually uploading them through my YouTube channel or Facebook page. Some users have had some issues with sharing the video directly out of the software.
When you are finally done with editing the video, you can now export the entire video as a mp4 file. A few options are available on the export window like intro and outro animations, resolution, frame rate and quality. The intro and outro animations are from Virb and display some animated text saying ‘Shot on a VIRB’ and ‘Garmin’ either at the beginning or the ending of your video. Not sure why you would want to do this, maybe if you uploaded it in a competition for Garmin Virb and got some freebies for uploading video that is a branded advertisement of what is possible with the camera. You also get a few combo box drop downs with values for resolution, frame rate and the overall quality of the video. It might take a while to export the video depending on the size of it.
Errors, bugs and other issues
All new software typically has small bugs or issues with it on the first released version. But, if you are a huge corporation with unlimited research and development and full time developers on staff there is no excuse with all the bugs I have experienced in this software. Not only did I experience bugs and errors in the the Garmin Virb Edit but I experienced them in the camera itself and the mobile application. As a software engineer, this is pretty unacceptable for a product release.
Playback preview can’t handle a 8x speed increase. So just for my example video I did a 2x speed increase which you can actually tell the speed has increased on the video playback screen.
When splitting a part in your video clip, one issue I have encountered is that if you have used a transition on part of the video clip you are about to split, the last transition added to either the beginning or the end disappears after the new split of the video. Very strange, but just another example of small bugs found throughout the Garmin Virb Edit Software.
In the G-Metrix tab, there is an option to view each individual metric detail like distance, grade, roll and others. Here it looks like you have the opportunity to manually edit and change the values, but for some reason the user interface is not very friendly and only allows you to delete the specific detail. Why would a developer place a what looks like a combobox or dropdown when in reality all it allows you to do is delete the value? Seems like bad design to me, but wait, it gets worse. If you try to delete a specific detail in the G-Metrix data, it warns you that other data related to it might be removed. When I accept the warning and continue to delete the detail, every single detail gets removed. This makes no sense, why would the distance be dependent on the roll of the camera? One is using the GPS data (distance) and the other is using the gyrometer sensors (Roll). So I have found yet another issue with Garmin Virb Edit software. For some reason Garmin is not doing very well on the promise of delivering a bug free quality product.
I can’t edit the soundtrack files, why is this? The information is already there so I should be able to shorten the audio file or possibly increase or reduce the speed just like the video clips. If I want a smooth transition from one video clip to another and also change the audio, no luck for me. I now have to export the video out of the software and import the video into another software so I can edit the sound tracks, this is not an acceptable workflow.
Also, another issue with the audio tracks is that you can’t specifically set it at a certain location within the video. You have to start at the beginning and add layers of audio like a hamburger until you get to the actual spot you want to add audio. Now you have pointless audio in the rest of your video just because you wanted one spot with audio. How is this even a thing?
The Map tab or menu option will sometimes freeze up the application for 30 seconds when you click on it. At least show me a loading animation or something if it is taking a long time to do something. Instead I click around the screen trying to back out of my last poorly chosen action of clicking the Map and 30 seconds later all my clicks are completed making me scream at the computer.
Another time when I clicked on the Map tab or menu option it showed the Map next to my video preview but would constantly update the size of the window non stop every half second until I exited the Map menu. If you watch the YouTube video link at the end of this post you will see an example of what I am talking about.
Importing the G-Metrix data manually into the Garmin Virb Edit software will crash the software every single time. So it forces me to automatically hook up the Garmin Camera directly to my computer to import the files to start editing. I can’t take the SD cards out and import the data manually onto my computer and import it into the Garmin Virb Edit software because of the crashing of G-Metrix data. My typical workflow for all other 360 cameras and software was to take out the SD card, copy the data into backup storage, then import the SD card data into software to start editing and processing the video.
Just a reminder, all those errors are just from the Garmin Virb Edit software, there are plenty more issues with the Garmin Virb 360 camera firmware and the Mobile Application.
Now, many of these issues could have been fixed in future versions of the Garmin Virb Edit software, but if you pre-ordered the Garmin Virb 360 Camera and experienced all of these bugs and errors and issues I wouldn’t be surprised if you threw the camera against the wall and could no longer return it.
Overall the Garmin Virb Edit software package has a lot of great features that are essential for people who enjoy 360 degree action cameras. If you want a solid stabilization option or need a great full package 360 video editing software package then the Garmin Virb Edit is a great option for you. Although the software is still pretty new and has many bugs, errors and issues to work out before it is a perfect solution. For some reason companies always push products out before all the bugs are fixed, which screws over all the early adopters of the camera. Many people who pre-ordered this camera were very angry at the overall quality of not only the Garmin Virb 360 Camera, but the Mobile App and the Garmin Virb Edit software as well.
Surprisingly the software can be downloaded without purchasing a Garmin Virb 360 camera. So the only features that are specifically built around the camera itself is most of the G-Metrix data related features of the software package. These are the menu items that would not be able to used if you imported video from another 360 camera : G-Metrix, Stabilization and the Map. Each one of those menu items are dependent on the sensor data as well as the GPS data that the Garmin Virb 360 Camera tracks while recording video.