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Michael Lansdell
Pan smoothing in post
on Oct 25, 2010 at 8:45:19 am

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.


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Andy Mees
Re: Pan smoothing in post
on Oct 25, 2010 at 10:30:10 am

Within Final Cut Pro there is Smoothcam for taking the wobble out of shots ... personally I find ProDAD's "Mercali" solution to be far more capable, and it includes optimizations for dealing with taking the wobble out of pans:,l-us.xhtml

You can have a look at Lock and Load too (I have no experience with it so can't say how good its pan stabilization is:

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