Smoothing out IS-caused jagged motion

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by basse, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. basse macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Helsinki, Finland
    Hi guys,

    reviewing some footage shot yesterday I discovered I'd made a bad mistake forgetting to switch off the IS in my Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS. I've done that before and am 95% sure it's the cause of awful jaggy motion while panning.

    I uploaded the file in question here: (The compressing applied by the gallery makes it look far worse, but if you download the original file below it you'll see it better)

    Is there a way to smooth this motion out in Final Cut Pro/Studio? Unfortunately I have no chance to shoot this again...


  2. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    #2 almost looks like a rolling shutter artifact (and it probably is). And FCP's SmoothCam filter doesn't really help situations like that all too much.

    I know that VirtualDub (open source freeware) has a filter called "deshaker" that has a preset for rolling shutter (and from what I hear, it works really well), but it's only developed for Windows. So, it would be sort of a clunky workflow.

    Aside from that, there are plug-ins available for FCP and After Effects to address this, but none of them are free. One that comes to mind is CoreMelt's Lock & Load X, which is $150.

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