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Clint MilnerQ about Stablizing Video
by on Jul 11, 2011 at 1:28:48 pm

I have a shot of some hand held footage that I've successfully stabilized using AE CS4. But now I have this bouncing frame moving all over the comp and now I'm in the process of animating the scale and X/Y position to keep the stable video in frame.

But I was wondering if some AE Guru out there has devised a script or plug-in to do this automatically?

Thanks all,
Clint

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Dave LaRondeRe: Q about Stablizing Video
by on Jul 11, 2011 at 2:06:07 pm

Actually, Adobe developed something called Warp Stabilizer. It's in AE 10.5. The amount of success with it varies with the severity of the extraneous motion.

Dave LaRonde
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Clint MilnerRe: Q about Stablizing Video
by on Jul 11, 2011 at 2:26:49 pm

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the info, I wish I could upgrade to CS5.5 right now, Warp Stabilizer looks like something I could use a lot with hand-held footage.

I'm guessing there's not a solution for CS4...

Thanks,
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Dave LaRondeRe: Q about Stablizing Video
by on Jul 11, 2011 at 2:39:04 pm

Not really. AE 9's stabilization works like all the previous versions.

It's very difficult to shoot hand-held and NOT get the random motions inherent in hand-held. As always, if the look of hand-held isn't desirable, it's necessary to use primary motion stabilization: a tripod.

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Brian CharlesRe: Q about Stablizing Video
by on Jul 11, 2011 at 2:59:54 pm

[Dave LaRonde] "As always, if the look of hand-held isn't desirable, it's necessary to use primary motion stabilization: a tripod."

Words of wisdom.



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Walter SoykaRe: Q about Stablizing Video
by on Jul 11, 2011 at 4:48:26 pm

[Clint Milner] "I have a shot of some hand held footage that I've successfully stabilized using AE CS4. But now I have this bouncing frame moving all over the comp and now I'm in the process of animating the scale and X/Y position to keep the stable video in frame."

This workflow will de-stabilize your video -- you've removed the hand-held camera motion, but now you're re-introducing motion and scaling to avoid cropping the frame.

If you want a solid shot, you're better off finding the worst post-stabilization frame, then adjusting the scale up until the video layer is no longer cropped. The idea is to find one scale/position value that fixes the entire shot.

Walter Soyka
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Clint MilnerRe: Q about Stablizing Video
by on Jul 12, 2011 at 9:33:02 am

Thanks Walter, I'll remember that in the future... this is some just some wedding speeches for a friend, so it's not professional at all. I think I've lucked out a bit because it was shot with an HD camera, and I'm delivering on DVD, so most the noticeable movement has been fixed by doing this manually.

Thanks everyone.

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