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    Default Stabilizing a video that is already zooming in. [Sony Vegas Pro 13]

    I have a short 6-7 second clip that just shows a product and it zooms in slowly. The camera man started out zooming very smoothly, but when he turned his hand as much as he could, he stopped, took his hand off, and placed it back on and continued to turn the lens to zoom. This made it look very choppy. I would just cut that out but it's essential to the clip. Is there a way to stabilize the zooming? The Sony Stabilize FX doesn't seem to do the job.

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    Basically no. What you are trying to do is not what a stabilize tool does.
    Think about what you are trying to do. We can split it into three parts.
    1. Image is zooming in
    2. Image is static
    3. Image is zooming in

    So, we take part one as is.
    With part 2. You will then need to zoom in with pan and crop using keyframes to mark the start and end of the zoom. You will need to try to match the rate that part 1 zooms in at. A bit of trial and error, but you should get there.
    For part 3 you will need the same pan and crop setting as you had at the end of part 2 as the camera now picks up the zoom again.

    The issue (as you have no doubt realised) is that from part 2 onwards you lose quality as you are applying digital zoom.Of course if it's filmed in a higher definition than your target media (eg 4K -> 1080P) and if you're not zooming too much this may not affect the result at all.
    Tim

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