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Matt Frame
Evil Dead: How Do I Stabilize?
on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:05:28 pm

I use After Effects CS5 for Mac (Version 10.0.458) and I am needing to add some stability to a 4 minute clip that is essentially an Evil Dead ripoff where we see the POV of the evil 'force' that is travelling through a wooded area, close to the ground. I shot this on a HV20, mounted on a mono-pod, and basically walked through the woods keeping the shot as steady as possible....still, it's not that steady. I am needing to speed this up by about 15X and without stabilizing it, it looks absolutely horrible, quite un-useable. I know how to use the stabilize function is CS5 but that is only when I have a single point to use as reference to stabilize all other movement. This footage is constantly moving and so I have absolutely not idea how stabilizing this would work. Any ideas? I have attached a quick reference vid to show you what I am working with. Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!







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Kevin Reiner
Re: Evil Dead: How Do I Stabilize?
on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:12:39 pm

Warp stabilizer would help it out. You can download CS6 for 1 month to test it out. It is quite impressive.

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Matt Frame
Re: Evil Dead: How Do I Stabilize?
on Sep 5, 2013 at 7:14:00 am

Cheers, thanks Kevin!


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Evil Dead: How Do I Stabilize?
on Sep 5, 2013 at 2:38:57 am

> I use After Effects CS5 for Mac (Version 10.0.458)

First, choose Help > Updates and install the bug-fix updates. You are using a version that is two bug-fix updates behind:
http://blogs.adobe.com/aftereffects/2011/04/after-effects-cs5-10-0-2-update...
http://blogs.adobe.com/aftereffects/2010/09/after-effects-cs5-10-0-1-update...


I'll leave it to others to recommend how to stabilize footage like yours with After Effects CS5. My recommendation (like Kevin's) would be to upgrade to a version that includes the Warp Stabilizer:
http://blogs.adobe.com/aftereffects/2011/04/warp-stabilizer-in-after-effect...

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Matt Frame
Re: Evil Dead: How Do I Stabilize?
on Sep 5, 2013 at 7:14:39 am

Thanks very much Todd!


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