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Norman Black
Sony Stabilize settings quirkiness FYI
on Mar 24, 2014 at 10:17:26 pm

I have Mercalli 3 SAL (Merc) but for some reason I decided to test Sony Stabilize. I know underneath it is Mercalli V2, but with far less control.

The sliders are named a little strange and here are the help file descriptions.

Pan smoothing
Drag this slider to adjust the amount of shake (left/right and up/down motion) detection.

Stabilization amount
Drag this slider to adjust the amount of tilt and zoom detection.

Okay, the second one is named unfortunate, but I accept the help file description. The first one is what I want and named similarly to Merc.

Typically in Merc I turn all stabilize off except the left/right and up/down shift. Pan Shot smoothing as Merc calls it. So I set Stabilization amount to 0, and a small (0.1) pan amount and I get a very large crop. Clicking the effect on/off lets one see the crop amount. Cropping is expected in stabilization but this was big for such small settings used.

Okay that sucked but I wondered if there was a boundary condition so I set Stabilization amount to the smallest amount it allowed, 0.01. Voila, I got good stabilization and a very tiny crop as I would have expected.

So if you don't want tilt and zoom adjustments and only the major shift adjustments, then do not set Stabilization amount to 0 to turn it off, but use 0.01.

Set Pan smoothing to get your best stabilization and crop amount compromise.


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Graham Bernard
Re: Sony Stabilize settings quirkiness FYI
on Mar 25, 2014 at 5:06:05 am

Excellent find, Norman! Thanks for sharing.

Grazie

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Norman Black
Re: Sony Stabilize settings quirkiness FYI
on Mar 25, 2014 at 4:23:24 pm

I'll still use Mercalli 3 SAL, but if I ever have a need/desire to do Stabilization as a plug-in, I now know how to get what I want out of Sony Stabilize.


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Thayalan Paramasawam
Re: Sony Stabilize settings quirkiness FYI
on Apr 1, 2014 at 6:01:12 am

Thanks Mr.Norman for the information....

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