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Thread: Shouldn't this short clip be easy to stabilize?

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    Question Shouldn't this short clip be easy to stabilize?

    I can't seem to find the right arrangement of settings in the Stabilizer window!

    Uploaded the clip to my SkyDrive account:

    https://skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/...5&sc=documents (9.6 MB)

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    I thought it would be easy but using Vegas Stabalizer it didn't do a very good job. May be there isn't enough infromation in the clip for the software to cope. OR may be the Vegas isn't very good at stabilizing.

    I can't help you with Premier settings as I've never used it.

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    I couldn't stabilize it. What is it, anyway?
    Kevin Monahan
    Sr. Content and Community Lead
    Adobe After Effects - Adobe Premiere Pro
    Adobe Systems, Inc.
    San Francisco, CA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Monahan View Post
    I couldn't stabilize it. What is it, anyway?
    A police helicopter

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    I think the smeary lights throw off stabilization.
    Kevin Monahan
    Sr. Content and Community Lead
    Adobe After Effects - Adobe Premiere Pro
    Adobe Systems, Inc.
    San Francisco, CA

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    You might succeed in using the tracker in After Effects with a very large search area. However the video shakes very much. Even after stabilisation you would still see the motion blur - and that would look weird. If you really need to work with this bad footage I suggest you better fake it (easier in After Effects but possible to do in Premiere, too):

    - Take one still frame of the helicopter (closest still possible)
    - Draw a mask around the helicopter and feather it
    - Put a black solid in the background (you can also use the still and clone out the helicopter lights for an even better result)
    - Animate the cut-out helicopter to move slowly using scale and rotation (so it's not completely still)
    - In After Effects you should turn on motion blur and you could also add a gentle wiggle expression there (very fast and only about 1pixel wide to simulate the vibrations)
    - Maybe add a little noise to the whole composition (or nested sequence) so it doesn't look too fake
    - With the sound added you should get a better result than anything you could achieve using stabilization

    Good luck...

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    Good advice!
    Kevin Monahan
    Sr. Content and Community Lead
    Adobe After Effects - Adobe Premiere Pro
    Adobe Systems, Inc.
    San Francisco, CA

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