I've worked through this clip with 5 different stabilizers-SmoothCam, Lock & Load, After Effects stabilizer, Mocha, and iStabilize and I get almost no change. I've read tutorials and tried everything I can find and I still get very little improvement. I've included a portion here- http://reels.creativecow.net/film/first-shot-testmov Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and help.
If you've tried all those planar trackers without success, I think it's got to be pilot error. You are doing something wrong, but we don't know what, because any motion tracker should be able to handle this. Do any of them actually display a generated track?
Well, you have a fixed object (you subject) that never goes off screen. It shouldn't be that hard to stabilize. Although, the best result you can hope for is a zoomed in image. Since it moves a fair amount. Did you try in after effect changing the warp stabilizer to position data only?