Video stabilization post processing.

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by gammamonk, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. gammamonk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2004
    Madison, WI
    I'm looking for a tool to take shaky video and smooth it out. I found a program called SteadyHand which had an impressive demo video, but actual results are rubbish.

    Does anyone know of a nice tool? Affordable or free...
  2. P-Worm macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    This is a pretty complicated thing for a program to do, and the only one I have seen that does a good job with it is Shake or After Effects. How much footage are we talking about? If it isn't too much, I may be able to do it for you. PM me if you're interested.

  3. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    yeah, p-worm's right...I've only seen decent results from shake and AE.

    moral of the story: shoot with a tripod
  4. AviationFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    I don't have After Effects, but I agree that Shake can do a decent job. Just be aware that even Shake can't undo motion blur, so with very fast, jerky movement of the camera, the result will look stable but can be a little blurry.

    - Martin
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I would tend to agree. But there I am under water
    in SCUBA gear and a housed Sony DV camera. There
    are other cases where a tripod is not practical. One
    option is a "steady cam" type mount. Even a home
    made one using iron plumbing pipe and weights. But
    the SCUBA scenario has motivated me to hunt for
    something that works in post.

    Doen't Final Cut have an "Image Stabilize" feature?
    Also there are third party plug ins that do this better.

    If you want "Free" Final Cut is not that. Look at "Cinelerra". It turns out the Cinelerra has what they call a "motion tracking" effect that you can apply. It's not Mac OS X. Runs under Linux

    Look at section 18.16 here

    You could run your bouncing clips through Cinelerra and then import to iMovie and still be "free" but be warned, Cinelerra has a steepper learning curve than even FCP. It's a huge pro-level system
  6. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2005

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