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Mike SchmittSmoothing a shot in After Effects?
by on Mar 13, 2010 at 6:15:06 pm

Hi there,
I'm working on a quick 15 second project with a deadline of six this evening.
I have some shots I need to stabilize. A slightly shaky zoom out and a wobbly pan.
I can use Mocha, but I thought I'd try the Boris Plug. I've got Continuum and have never tried the smoother plug.

Will you let me know of your experiences?


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Boris YamnitskyRe: Smoothing a shot in After Effects?
by on Mar 14, 2010 at 2:25:35 pm


Why don't you give it a try yourself. It only takes a few seconds to apply BCC Optical Stabilizer filter. Whether you need to lock the shot or smooth camera pan, BCC filter will do best quality job. Options for zoom and rotation are included. Let us know what you think...

Boris Yamnitsky

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Mike SchmittRe: Smoothing a shot in After Effects?
by on Mar 14, 2010 at 5:16:01 pm

Time was an issue. Had a five O'clock deadline.

I did try it and it didn't work as well as I had hoped.

What I finally did was make a new sequence in Final Cut with the one shot and use Core Melt to smooth it. Then I rendered it and dropped it in the time line.

I still spent 45 minutes tweaking it. Kept getting Jigglies at the beginning of the shot.

The Boris filter hardly changed anything. Next week I'll spend some time on it to learn the ins and outs.


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Ben Heusner BrownleeRe: Smoothing a shot in After Effects?
by on Mar 15, 2010 at 7:16:21 am

With footage that can be stabilized, if you set the filter up properly, the optical stabilizer is fantastic. Much faster and more controllable than Apple's SmoothCam in my experience.

It's worth going through the Help files on each filter. Boris have some of the best, most clearly written tech manuals out there.

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Neil WeaverRe: Smoothing a shot in After Effects?
by on Mar 17, 2010 at 10:51:48 am

Or do it perfectly and in a matter of seconds in After Effects... :-)

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