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Daniele KaehrAligning footage
by on Oct 9, 2011 at 3:26:21 pm

I have a problem with my footage.
After a complex scene, we accidentally moved the camera before filming another part to later cut into the movie.

We try to reposition the camera matching the angles but we couldn't perfectly match the footage.
Now I have 2 steady shots and an abrupt cut between the clips. like a jump.
Is there a way to align the two footage? or blend/morph them into each other to get rid of the jump?


Daniele from Zurich in Switzerland

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Don SmithRe: Aligning footage
by on Oct 10, 2011 at 3:29:12 pm

Just thinking out loud here 'cause my Motion 5 is tied up rendering...

Clearly, the shots are close by your description. Just a thought.. overlap the last couple of seconds of one shot over the the first seconds of the second shot. Lets say the new clip is on top. First, half-dissolve the top clip (bring opacity down) so that you can see how it aligns with the bottom clip. get the top clip as close as you can. Then, distort the corners of the upper clip, one corner at a time, until you hone in on the alignment. Once clear of the old shot, if needed, keyframe the corners to gently go back to where they were.

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Don EitnerRe: Aligning footage
by on Oct 10, 2011 at 11:53:50 pm

There's also the old trick of cutting away to some other short shot (a reaction, etc.) and then cutting back to the 2nd clip.

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Daniele KaehrRe: Aligning footage
by on Oct 11, 2011 at 8:35:00 am

Thanks for your answers. I'll try both solutions.

thanks, dani

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