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Harry Powell
Stabilizing footage that isn't shaky?
on Oct 30, 2010 at 8:46:40 pm

I've tried searching the archive but without success ..

I'd like to eliminate a camera shift. SmoothCam is impressive with camera shake but doesn't work for this. There is no shake, just a slow slight re-adjustment I did while filming (on a tripod). I'd like to tell FCP (or Motion if absolutely necessary) to anchor on a particular stationary object in the frame, and adjust the rest of the frame accordingly.

Any ideas preferably within FCP, as I really don't know Motion well (but intend to take time-out to learn it properly at some point)?


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Michael Gissing
Re: Stabilizing footage that isn't shaky?
on Oct 30, 2010 at 11:10:07 pm

What you need is tracking, not stabilising. Time to learn a bit more about the power of Motion.

You can zoom in and do it manually in FCP with keyframes, but Motion or After Effects are much better designed for this.


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BJ Ahlen
Re: Stabilizing footage that isn't shaky?
on Oct 31, 2010 at 1:53:30 am

In editing a documentary, I got a 120 degree wide panning shot where someone had kicked the tripod right in the middle of the pan.

The camera dropped about 20 degrees, and I didn't have enough "air" to do tracking. The client was devastated, because the shot was just unusable, and it was an important part of the story.

I solved it in less than a minute by inserting a lens flare in the trailing corner at the exact moment the camera dropped.

This was enough to distract the eye, and when I showed the clip again with this fix, nobody saw anything wrong with the shot.


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