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Nick Blakestabalising a shaky shot, while maintaining the smooth tracking movement
by on Feb 20, 2012 at 9:57:34 am

Hi there,

I'm working with a close-up shot of a man's face, which tracks back on a dolly, widening the frame to reveal more of his body and surroundings. We shot on a 85mm lens and as a result, the close up is a bit shaky. I want to eliminate the shake from the shot, but maintain the smooth track. Could anyone please advise on how to achieve this?

Many thanks

Nick


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Kevin CampRe: stabalising a shaky shot, while maintaining the smooth tracking movement
by on Feb 20, 2012 at 3:18:09 pm

you can choose to stabilize on just the y-axis, which may help.

another option is to try and stabilize the whole shot, then re-create smoother movement with keyframes.

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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Todd KoprivaRe: stabalising a shaky shot, while maintaining the smooth tracking movement
by on Feb 20, 2012 at 5:06:47 pm

I use such an example in this introduction to the Warp Stabilizer.

The important thing is to set Result to Smooth to keep the camera motion and then tweak Smoothness to determine how much to keep.

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Dave LaRondeRe: stabalising a shaky shot, while maintaining the smooth tracking movement
by on Feb 20, 2012 at 5:09:28 pm

To elaborate on Kevin's advice a bit, if you have AE 10.5 (aka CS5.5), you can utilize its Warp Stabilizer feature.

Since you use the word "track" liberally, are you also tracking motion in this shot? If so, it becomes a 2-step process in AE 10.5: run Warp Stabilizer and prerender, then motion track the prerendered shot.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Nick BlakeRe: stabalising a shaky shot, while maintaining the smooth tracking movement
by on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:49:49 am

Thanks guys,

All really helpful comments. Much appreciated.

Nick


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