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Brett Putman
Smooth Cam Issue
on Apr 20, 2010 at 5:57:45 pm

So, I have some fairly jerky footage shot from a helicopter using a 5D.
I a have trued to use the Smooth Cam in FCP and it looks great when it is compressed and uploaded to Vimeo, but when I take a look at it playing back in realtime on my color accurate monitor, the footage seems jerky, almost as if it is dropping frames.

Am I missing something altogether with the Smooth Cam?


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Michael Sacci
Re: Smooth Cam Issue
on Apr 20, 2010 at 6:04:48 pm

have you rendered the clips in the timeline, when applied you normally have green "preview" quality video out until it is rendered.


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Brett Putman
Re: Smooth Cam Issue
on Apr 20, 2010 at 6:20:34 pm

Yes, I have.


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Michael Sacci
Re: Smooth Cam Issue
on Apr 20, 2010 at 6:26:58 pm

I have not seen dropping of frames but the down side of SC is a funky blur and snapping to a reframing, if that is what you are talking about try playing with the settings to get a balance.


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Brett Putman
Re: Smooth Cam Issue
on Apr 20, 2010 at 6:32:10 pm

ok, i will just give that a shot i guess.
do you have any suggestions for any other solutions, in case i seem to get my footage just right?
maybe a piece of third party software?


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Smooth Cam Issue
on Apr 20, 2010 at 6:33:24 pm

Bring the clip in to Motion. It has more options.

There's also CoreMelt's Lock and Load:

http://www.coremelt.com/products/lock-and-load/lock-and-load.html


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Erik Lindahl
Re: Smooth Cam Issue
on Apr 20, 2010 at 7:53:44 pm

Different stabilizers work differently well depending on shots. I've had great success with FCP's stabilizer and never seen it "drop frames" when rendered. What can be common is the motion-blur on the stable footage (if it's very jerky). The only real way to combat that is lower the stabilization a bit and on a per-frame basis sharpen clips up.

CoreMelt's Lock and Load is also an awesome tool I've more and more started to use as it's got more features and only renders i/o points rather than the entire media (huge plus often).

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Freecloud Post Production Services
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Dave LaRonde
Re: Smooth Cam Issue
on Apr 20, 2010 at 9:11:27 pm

Did you shoot at 30fps instead of 29.97? Fo a while, those goofball 5D Mk II's could only shoot at 30, and you had to conform the frame rate.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Brett Putman
Re: Smooth Cam Issue
on Apr 20, 2010 at 10:06:19 pm

it was shot in 23.98 and the sequence setting match that


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Tom Adams
Re: Smooth Cam Issue
on Nov 12, 2010 at 3:37:16 pm

does anyone have any tips on what smooth cam settings work best. i find the setting hard to figure out. ...not getting the results I'm looking for... I've tried to do it with "motions" settings too...but not familiar with etc..
help?

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