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Stuart Samuels
Stabalize a shaky tracking shot while keeping the track itself?
on May 10, 2011 at 10:55:39 am

Hi.

How would I smooth out a hand held tacking shot to kinda give the impression the shot was done using a track rather than hand held?

Ive tried stabalizing the clip but this removes the motion of the shot, where all I want to do is simply make it less hand held looking.

Im sure there is a really simple answer to this but I'm having a complete mental block and cant think my way around it.

Cheers!


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Greg Baldi
Re: Stabalize a shaky tracking shot while keeping the track itself?
on May 10, 2011 at 1:47:53 pm

Theres a couple different ways that I know how to do that. If your using Moca with AE check out... http://www.imagineersystems.com/videos?tagFilter=stabilize&sortBy=Newest

-Greg Baldi
Post Production Editor


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Erik Lindahl
Re: Stabalize a shaky tracking shot while keeping the track itself?
on May 10, 2011 at 2:28:13 pm

Mocha is brilliant for controlled stabilization of shots.

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Stuart Samuels
Re: Stabalize a shaky tracking shot while keeping the track itself?
on May 10, 2011 at 2:54:31 pm

I can only use the built in tracker with CS3. It's a work computer and the admins have it locked down so i cant install mocha...


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Chris Buttacoli
Re: Stabalize a shaky tracking shot while keeping the track itself?
on May 10, 2011 at 4:58:42 pm

You might not realize it, but you are already half way there. After the stabilization you've done, create a null and copy over the anchor point info from the stabilized layer. Make these layers 3d, and create a new camera. Parent the camera to the Null. The camera should be locked to the original shot now.

Use a smooth expression on the null anchor point to steady the shot. Something like: smooth(1,30) - play with the numbers to get something acceptable.

Use the camera zoom to crop out the black borders you will see from steadying the shot.


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Stuart Samuels
Re: Stabalize a shaky tracking shot while keeping the track itself?
on May 11, 2011 at 10:37:19 am

Cheers Chris thats perfect!

One last thing...

My track point moves off screen halfway through the shot, can I create multiple stabalize track points and link them together to smooth out the entire shot?

Ive done this when simply tracking motion but can't seem to be able to suss it out if Im stabalizing.

Thanks again.


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Greg Baldi
Re: Stabalize a shaky tracking shot while keeping the track itself?
on May 10, 2011 at 5:59:08 pm

try this then

http://www.dvpa.com/public/536.cfm

-Greg Baldi
Post Production Editor


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Stuart Samuels
Re: Stabalize a shaky tracking shot while keeping the track itself?
on May 11, 2011 at 11:31:28 am

Sussed it!


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Chris Buttacoli
Re: Stabalize a shaky tracking shot while keeping the track itself?
on May 11, 2011 at 3:21:27 pm

"My track point moves off screen halfway through the shot"

In case anyone needs clarity, before the track point moves off screen, you can hold the ALT key and drag the box to a new track point.


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