RE:Lens plug-in provides stabilization, distortion correction
February 24, 2017

RE:Lens plug-in provides stabilization, distortion correction

SAN FRANCISCO — RE:Vision Effects ( has released RE:Lens V.1.2 for Adobe After Effects, a new plug-in that handles spherical stabilization for 360 VR and fisheye footage. RE:Lens is a set of tools for projection conversion and lens distortion correction, vital for super-wide, fisheye, spherical, and 360 panorama workflows. The tool straightens curved video captured with wide-angle and fisheye lenses. 

Users can shoot with a superfish lens on a single camera and convert the video to Latitude-Longitude (LatLong) format suitable for use with major 360 viewers. They can also create new looks with 4K, 6K and 8K cameras that were not previously possible. In addition, users can animate camera rotations and zooms in post.

Spherical stabilization helps to address the problem of shaky or poor quality camera motion, which could make a video hard to watch. This includes hand-held video or video captured while in movement. When working with 360 VR or fisheye footage, traditional in-camera or post production stabilizers do not work well. Traditional methods tend to stabilize the center of the frame and leave the edges rolling. In addition, regular stabilizers don’t work on equirectangular 360 LatLong footage. 

RE:Lens V.1.2 presents a solution that works directly in spherical space, with no need to break up the sequence in six cube faces or do 2D tracking of reference points. It even works directly on stitched 360 VR sequences.

Priced at $189.95, the release is compatible with After Effects CS6 and up (CS6, CC, CC 2014, CC 2015 and CC 2017) and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and up (CS6, CC, CC 2014, CC 2015 and CC 2017).  The Premiere Pro version does not have the stabilization feature.