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Mark Smith
Stabilize compound clip
on Oct 28, 2015 at 3:11:35 pm

I have a timelapse sequence created from a a series of stills.....

Workflow: Import series of stills into FCPX event> throw all stills in a time line, adjust length of each still to 1 frame>make compound clip.

Now I would like to stabilize the compound clip but cant seem to add stabilization. Is this because stabilization can't be added to a compound clip?


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Stabilize compound clip
on Oct 28, 2015 at 4:48:06 pm

Export that sequence as a movie, reimport that movie and stabilize.

You can't stabilize a compound, correct.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Stabilize compound clip
on Oct 28, 2015 at 6:14:12 pm

Why image sequence support would be important.
Make sure to use the FCPX feedback form.



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Bret Williams
Re: Stabilize compound clip
on Oct 28, 2015 at 9:40:58 pm

What if you pasted the stills into a clip via the open in timeline command? Might treat it as a clip then.


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Mark Smith
Re: Stabilize compound clip
on Oct 29, 2015 at 3:38:38 am

Hmm. I could try that. I have a heap of go pro stills from a time lapse sequence that need some work...


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Stabilize compound clip
on Oct 29, 2015 at 4:04:09 am

GoPro Studio can make movies fro you, from the image sequence, and Compressor can also open an image sequence and make a movie for you.


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Mark Smith
Re: Stabilize compound clip
on Oct 29, 2015 at 11:46:40 am

I will give both of those apps a look today. I have made shorter time lapses inside FCPX rather quickly but this particular one with a large amount of go pro stills has been vexing FCPX AND needs some stabilization, so my noraml T-L wokflow is breaking down at this point.
Thanks for the tips.


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Mark Smith
Re: Stabilize compound clip
on Oct 29, 2015 at 4:29:53 pm

I just used both compressor and GP studio to crank out some image sequences from go pro and digital SLR sources.

That was so easy . Good tips Jeremy


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Kripá Pizzorno
Re: Stabilize compound clip
on Oct 29, 2015 at 4:30:41 am

I was just trying to stabilize a compound clip today, and ended up doing what Jeremy suggests: exported a master file, re-imported, and was then able to add stabilization. Not a bad work-around.


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Joe Marler
Re: Stabilize compound clip
on Oct 29, 2015 at 6:20:12 pm

The difficulty of stabilizing a compound or multicam clip or retiming it with optical flow is a long-standing deficiency of FCP X. Considering how well FCP X otherwise does multicam, it is a glaring issue.

A workaround (developed by others) which works for both multicam and compound clips:

1. On your timeline, select clip then Shift+F to locate the clip in the event browser - this will highlight your clip
2. Cmd+1 - go to event browser window, use skimmer to check starting/ending time codes of highlighted clip & write them down. If needed first do View>Show Skimmer Info to display timecode above skimmer. Zoom browser in/out if needed to see clearly the start/end points of the highlighted clip.
3. Double click the multicam clip in the event browser to open it in Angle Editor.
4. Once in Angle Editor, press Control+P to type in the remembered time codes. Don't enter colons, just the numbers, e.g: for 12:52:19 just enter 125219, then Enter.
5. Blade that section of the clip, then apply stabilization or retime with optical flow.
6. Press the "go back" timeline history arrow (upper left of timeline) to return to multicam/composite clip

Complex as the above procedure seems, once you've done it numerous times it becomes pretty fast. However it is a sad situation to be forced through such gymnastics on an editor which emphasizes ease of use.


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