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Kylene ArnoldMotion stabilization with no anchor point
by on Jan 23, 2013 at 11:01:49 am

Hello,

I have a client who has extremely shaky footage of an interviewee standing in a corner. Both walls are blank white and there is nothing else in the shot besides the subject herself. The client and I both agree that the footage is awful, but it cannot be reshot and the client feels he has to use it. I don't have time to manually keyframe the shot, as they're looking for a finished product tomorrow, so I've taken the approach of placing one anchor point on the subject's head and mapping the keyframes to the y-axis only, then attaching a second anchor point to the subject's shoulder or shirt and mapping those keyframes to the x-axis only. The resulting footage is better than the original, but certainly not professional-looking. The subject, unfortunately, shifts her weight and moves her head throughout the shot, so even she doesn't provide a true anchor point. Does anyone have any other suggestions for how to stabilize this kind of footage in the timeframe required by the client?

Thanks much.

~ Kylene


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Cassius MarquesRe: Motion stabilization with no anchor point
by on Jan 23, 2013 at 11:20:31 am

Without seeing the shot I can't only say to try automatic stabilization software (mercalli). Since you've tested the manual solution.


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Jordan QuackenbushRe: Motion stabilization with no anchor point
by on Jan 23, 2013 at 11:41:55 am

What software version do you have? Have you tried using Warp Stabilizer from premiere cs5.5 or later or after effects CS6?


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Todd KoprivaRe: Motion stabilization with no anchor point
by on Jan 23, 2013 at 5:04:32 pm

As Jordan suggested, the Warp Stabilizer would be the best tool for the job---though he got the version numbers reversed. The Warp Stabilizer is available in After Effects CS5.5 and later and in Premiere Pro CS6.

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Jordan QuackenbushRe: Motion stabilization with no anchor point
by on Jan 24, 2013 at 12:05:08 am

Ah! Thanks for sorting me out on that.

And I heard through the grapevine that Kylene got it sorted out. She didn't have 5.5, but *cough* Final Cut and used its equivalent.


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Kylene ArnoldRe: Motion stabilization with no anchor point
by on Jan 24, 2013 at 12:19:51 am

Yes, I admit it. I'm a recovering FCP user who still slides back into old habits once in a while :-) But many thanks to everyone for the help. My client thanks you too -- both for improving his project and allowing him to keep the illusion that editors are also magicians.


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