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Rob Clev
Woes stabilizing portions of one angle in Multicam Clip
on Aug 11, 2014 at 9:36:47 pm

I have a ten minute movie comprised of footage from 5 cameras. I have synced them up in a multicam clip and edited my angle cuts on the timeline. There are a few of these angle cuts that could benefit from stabilization. I searched this topic on this and other forums and found that you cannot easily stabilize certain cuts, you have to go to the angle editor and figure out where your cuts are in the component clips. Further, it is best not to stabilize the entire camera angle in the angle editor if there is a lot of extraneous motion in unused portions, as this will cause stabilization to zoom in really far or otherwise mess up. So you only want to stabilize the portion of the cam angle that you are actually using. Has anyone found an easy way to figure out where those portions are located in the footage?

If you select the clip on the timeline and right-click you can select 'reveal in browser' and this will indeed show you the portion of the multicam clip in the browser. But I cannot find a way to get it to select a region of the appropriate cam angle in the angle editor. This would make this type of 'surgical' stabilization so much easier.

Has anyone discovered a way to make this process easier?

FCPX ver. 10.1.2

Thanks in advance!


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Andreas Kiel
Re: Woes stabilizing portions of one angle in Multicam Clip
on Aug 11, 2014 at 9:48:01 pm

I use Lock & Load.
It does a real good job and you can apply it to portions.

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Rob Clev
Re: Woes stabilizing portions of one angle in Multicam Clip
on Aug 11, 2014 at 9:53:57 pm

Thanks, yes, I too have Lock & Load. And I like it.

But my real question is finding an easy way to locate the portion of a multicam component clip to apply the stabilization to.


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Bret Williams
Re: Woes stabilizing portions of one angle in Multicam Clip
on Aug 11, 2014 at 10:30:00 pm

IF you turn on clip skimming (cmd+option+s) then you can scrub over the multi cam clip and it'll give you the multi cam clip timecode. Take note and then go into the editor and slice at that point.


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Rob Clev
Re: Woes stabilizing portions of one angle in Multicam Clip
on Aug 11, 2014 at 10:58:48 pm

Yes, this works! Good answer!

I really wish there was a timeline right-click option 'reveal in multicam editor', I'm thinking this would be very easy to implement. Or better yet, just allow stabilization of MC at the timeline level taking care of all the details in the background.

Time to file yet another enhancement request. ;-)

Thanks Bret, you get a gold star for the day!


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George Knochel
Re: Woes stabilizing portions of one angle in Multicam Clip
on Nov 27, 2014 at 2:52:59 am

Rob,

You may find this technique useful, from Cinemalhoa

http://www.fcp.co/forum/4-final-cut-pro-x-fcpx/21739-stabilization-and-mult...

George


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Rob Clev
Re: Woes stabilizing portions of one angle in Multicam Clip
on Nov 27, 2014 at 5:35:46 pm

Thank you George. I will try this method!


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