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Jonny Webbcutting and tracking
by on Jun 9, 2016 at 1:44:45 pm

Whats the quickest (probably easiest) way to cut lots and keep tracking?

sorry, i'll have to explain by job:
I was given a tape, over an hour long, of kids going up on stage, shaking hands, getting certificates, sitting down (on stage), next kid, repeat (for ever!!!! it seems)
i only need 20 seconds of one particular child.
I thought it would be a nice intro to show the stage filling up: basically i kept 3 seconds, deleted 60s, repeat, repeat.
Add crossfade all.
This has a nice feel to it, but its handheld video! So i want to align the central speaker (so the kids seem to fade in and stage fills within seconds not hours. of course the one kid in question is near the end).

So my question is, whats the quickest way to achieve this 'summary'.
Should i cut and then try a stabilizr/track effect, or stabilize first then cut? my experience of stabilizr effects was slooooow and difficult.

Any tips?

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Alex UdellRe: cutting and tracking
by on Jun 9, 2016 at 2:21:05 pm

Hi...

You are correct in assuming that stabalizing the entire raw footage in order to get just the seconds you want to waaaaay more time consuming....

cut down to the sections you want.....including handles for dissolves....

nest those clips

then stabalize the in the clipped sequences in the parent timeline....

this will limit the analysis frames to just what's exposed in the timeline....

then you will have to trim...and close the gaps....and then add dissolves...

it's a bit laborious....but it should be faster over all...


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Jonny WebbRe: cutting and tracking
by on Jun 28, 2016 at 8:54:01 am

Thank you very much for this workflow, its a great help.

I tried it, more or less, on another project and it felt the 'right way'
For my project-in-question, I just went with manually moving/scaling/rotating and thankfully found enough clips without shake to get the desired result.

I put it here if anyone would like a look






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Jonny WebbRe: cutting and tracking
by on Jun 28, 2016 at 8:59:30 am

PS. Is there a "correct answer" button somewhere? Or kudos points or something?

Oh and the 5 hour afternoon is now just a 3&half minute video. Any suggestions on making it better? (the owner wanted the original soundtrack!)

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