How to remove shake and panning from video

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by saqibhasan, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. saqibhasan macrumors member

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    So I was on this trip and used my iphone4 to capture some HD video - the clip is around 3 minutes long and as much as I thought I had done a good job, I couldn't hold the phone steady enough. There is some shake, which does get eliminated pretty well using iMovie09, but the panning remains.

    Is there any software (even paid - within reason :)) where I can go through frame by frame and reposition the video so the main subject remains centered? Or, better still, one that will be able to decipher the main subject and maintain the center on it throughout the length of the clip?

    Any help would be appreciated - I have done some google searches and thus far come up with nada.

    Thanks,
    Saqib.
     
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

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    The Smoothcam filter in Motion, along with it's motion tracking capabilities can often do a good job.

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  3. acearchie macrumors 68040

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    Consider buying Final Cut Express if you are keen on editing video. Within this you can key frame motion quite well but it can be quite difficult.

    Download the 30 day trial off After Effects and use that to keyframe the motion of your video. However, it would be a frame by frame process. It's simply a case of looking at how much the footage means to you and how much time and money you are willing to throw at it.
     
  4. saqibhasan thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the replies.

    would now be a good time to buy final cut studio or do you think Apple will be bringing out a new one soon?

    The footage does mean a lot - I even tried to advertise for somebody to look over the footage and remove the problem but I didn't get any bites.
     
  5. -DH macrumors 65816

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    No one knows when Apple will release software. If they do know, they'd be under a non-disclosure agreement preventing them from saying so.

    Even though you advertised, for a job like this, you'll need to actually call around to various post-production houses and get rate quotes. Don't expect them to be looking for work on sites like craigslist.

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  6. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    To stop the panning, you will need at least Final Cut Express to do a decent job, which is still a chunk of change and a lot of work for footage shot from an iPhone 4. Unless that footage is extremely important (I'm guessing not very important if it was shot on a phone), I would just leave it at that, save your money, time, and headaches as you try to figure out a program just to make the panning slightly better.

    If you think you will be interested in video editing, I would definitely recommend Final Cut Express as a start. However, with Final Cut Express, you will have to manually go frame by frame to track your main object, which won't be fun. You'll have to pay high dollars for Adobe After Effects, or Apple Motion along with tracking plugins for auto-tracking abilities.
     
  7. saqibhasan thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks - I'll look into express then. The footage was important but I was not allowed to take a proper camera into the place, so kinda sneakily used the iPhone. (It was during the Hajj pilgrimage, and big bags and cameras are not allowed for safety reasons.) In hindsight, I should have taken a little tripod thing like garyfong's. You live and learn eh?
     
  8. handsome pete macrumors 68000

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    A motion tracker would be your best bet as it would add some automation to the process. You wouldn't want to go and do this frame by frame yourself. For one, it's time consuming. And two, it still won't look quite right.

    Check out the 30 day trial for After Effects. The built in tracker is pretty good. But it also comes with mocha, which is a great 2d tracker (although I'm not sure of the functionality in the trial).

    Iphone video is also subject to a lot of rolling shutter issues. You're probably seeing them as well. Reducing them is a much bigger issue.
     
  9. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    What he said, the 30-day trial period would be perfect, just search for some tutorials online on how to use the motion tracking software and get it done before the 30 days expire. :) Good luck!
     
  10. boch82 macrumors 6502

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    short term download the trial of after effects cs5

    you can use the stabilizer to track and remove shake and panning
     
  11. saqibhasan thread starter macrumors member

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    thank you everybody - trialling it now.

    just one thing - how do i export this? I can only export as premiere, so I have downloaded the premiere trial also - but it doesn't want to seem to open up - is it limited?
     
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    AE > Composition >> Add to Render Queue >>> set your settings (Quality, Output) and hit the Render button.
    http://www.videocopilot.net/basic/tutorials/10.Rendering/
     
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  14. boch82 macrumors 6502

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    when you add the comp to the render queue click on the yellow text to the right of output module. You can use whatever settings you want to export
     

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