I know that this should really be done by having the proper kit in the first place when out filming, but I'm the editor, not the cameraman. So, what I want to know is, is there software available (a plugin even) that can take a clip and smooth a horizontal pan or even a tilt? If footage can be stabilised when it's all wobbly surely there is something that can track the speed of objects in the frame and smooth them out?
Anyone know of anything?
Especially ones that allow you to ease in to and out of the pan.
2 x 3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
5GB DDR2 RAM
512MB ATI Radeon X1900 XT
OS X 10.4.11
Final Cut Pro 6.0.4
After Effects CS4
Blackmagic Design DeckLink HD Extreme (6.6.2)
if you want the smoothest motion, you'll want to remove the pan/tile by stabilizing the footage (you can use ae's tracker for that). the re-create the movement with keyframes. i would parent the stabilized footage to a null, then keyframe the null.
once keyframed you can set them to be ease-ease keyframes to ease in and out.
to fill in the edges of the frame, try cc repetile or motion tile to repeat the edges of the frame to lessen how noticeable those are.
you can try numbers smaller than 50% as long as both timewarp and timestretch get the same number to increase smoothing at the possible expense of quality. Also, once you're done, you can timeremap the final comp with easy ease to slow the beginning and ending of the pan.