Ambisonics in Adobe Premiere

There are a lot of video tutorials on this subject, but I cannot find a good old textual version, so I’m making my own.

Table of contents

Sequence settings

First of all, you should set up the Sequence appropriately, by using the appropriate preset.

New Sequence > Presets > VR 8192x4096 - Ambisonics

If your camera makes videos in a different resolution than those provided in the presets, you can just edit the resolution by right clicking on the sequence and selecting Sequence Settings…

Sequence settings, where you can modify both the Video Frame Size and the Video Preview dimensions

Clip settings

When you import an Ambisonics audio clip, Premiere will treat it as 4 mono tracks. Before you insert the clip into the sequence, you should tell Premiere to treat it as Ambisonics. To do that, right click on the audio clip and select Modify > Audio Channels…

A clip’s Audio Channels options window, before modification

Set Clip Channel Format to Adaptive, it should populate each clip with 32 channels each. Make sure that each Media Source Channel is checked on the corresponding channel of the corresponding clip, like this.

Media Source Channel 2 is checked on channel 2 of clip 2

Now you can import the audio clip into your sequence, and get editing.

Ambisonics Level Meter, 4 channels

Your level meter should correctly display the 4 channels of First Order Ambisonics.

Export settings

If you just match the source settings you'll probably get a stereo file. The trick is to use an export preset.

Go to File > Export > Media File, make sure you are in H264, the select a preset with Ambisonics, in my case it’s VR Monoscopic Match Source Ambisonics.
Have fun!