Simulate: Camera handheld simulation
by Jeffrey Townsend on Dec 12, 2008 at 9:24:14 pm
I've just purchased Simulate: Camera in order to approximate a handheld look on certain still images.
I'm having a lot of trouble taming the controls to simply look like the human movements of trying to hold a camera steady. It's easy to achieve whacked-out earthquake effects, someone's-blowing-up-the-starship effects, holy-cow-I'm-having-a-seizure effects, but not the most ordinary handheld feel.
The documentation refers to there being presets, but the only four I can find are all wild and crazy epilepsy-inducing presets. The online documentation does not detail (or even mention) the function of all the sliders (amplitude, etc.).
I've tried a zillion combinations already, but can't come up with anything real-looking. Should I demand a refund, or has someone figured out some magic numbers for this?
Re: Simulate: Camera handheld simulation by Torley Wong on Dec 30, 2008 at 5:34:19 pm
Jeffrey, what's your host? Pardon for the late reply but I just saw your post. I only briefly tried this plugin before and wished there were more presets.
Later, I ended up finding NewBlueFX's Active Camera, part of their Motion Effects pack ( http://www.newbluefx.com/motion-effects.html ) which has GREAT presets, including a very nice handheld one which I've put to use multiple times on shots which seemed unnaturally steady.
There's a trial to see if it's right for you, and while I can't advise you with great expertise on DigiEffects, this option is worth a go!
Disclosure: I later also ended up working for NewBlueFX because I love their stuff so much. :)