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Blue Finch
How to Match Differences in Shots (Adobe Premiere)
on Apr 16, 2015 at 4:19:52 am

Hi. I have a project based on one static camera set up/shot. However, during filming, the camera was (unintentionally) moved and slight differences exist between shots in terms of the position of fixed and structuring elements in the frame. Besides manually adjusting (re: "eyeballing") each shot's scale and position in Premiere, could someone please help me to figure out how to "match" shots more precisely?

I am OK with objects and subjects in the frame moving--but I want the main lines (walls, table) to be well matched, more seamless.

Please see examples below in which the table and (especially) the left wall lines/margins are off.

Thanks for your help and advice.





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Alex Udell
Re: How to Match Differences in Shots (Adobe Premiere)
on Apr 16, 2015 at 10:45:05 am

in situations like this

I find that if you stack the 2 shots on the timeline

set the top one to difference mode in effects controls (near opacity)

this can help a lot

things that align will be black (or no (zero value) difference).


once you have adjusted the scale and position and what not as best you can..just change the mode back to normal.

Alex Udell
Editing, Motion Graphics, and Visual FX


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Blue Finch
Re: How to Match Differences in Shots (Adobe Premiere)
on Apr 17, 2015 at 10:38:10 pm

Thanks very much for your help! This is great.


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Blaise Douros
Re: How to Match Differences in Shots (Adobe Premiere)
on Apr 16, 2015 at 5:25:43 pm

I posted this same reply in the Basics forum, but I'll copypaste it here, too:

Let's say you've identified all the shots that look like sample 1, and those that look like sample 2. Let's also say that it's easier to get sample 1 to match sample 2.

Pick the first instance of sample 1 in your timeline. Apply the transformations necessary to get it to match sample 2. Highlight it, and hit "Copy."

Now, highlight every other instance of sample 1 in your timeline. Right-click on them, and select "Paste Attributes." A menu will come up. Select the attributes you want to apply to the rest of your sample 1 shots. Hit OK. This will apply the same transformation to all your highlighted sample 1 shots in your timeline.

Now, here's my other two cents: unless you are jump-cutting between these two setups, nobody is going to notice the difference but you. I had to really pay attention to see the difference in the samples you posted above. You'll have to ask yourself if the slight reduction in resolution that will result from the scaling and rotation is worse than the almost-unnoticeable difference between the two frames.


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Blue Finch
Re: How to Match Differences in Shots (Adobe Premiere)
on Apr 17, 2015 at 10:38:32 pm

Thanks for your help and good ideas! I appreciate it.


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