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  • Help with Stabilizing in PP 2023

    Posted by Paula Zimmerman on November 17, 2023 at 4:47 am

    I’m hoping someone can guide me on this. I have footage of my client’s talk show interview with a Nobel Laureate and his ”professional” camera crew may have ruined it. The footage of the guest was shot on a tripod, but the camera op randomly panned and zoomed the camera at many points when she was speaking. I’ve tried Warp Stabilizer and it zooms into ridiculous-looking closeups or crops the edges and rotates the video. Is there any solution to save the guest’s shot outside of trying to keyframe movement on every single frame or do I just need to default to the wide every time this happens? There’s some bombshell content, and converting to the wide would completely dilute the impact. Thank you for your help.

    Bill Celnick replied 7 months ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    November 17, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    Hey Paula,

    Sorry, but without seeing the footage, it is difficult to give any advice.
    You could try to cover the bad parts with B-Roll or archive.

    From your description, it is not clear whether you have edited the interview?
    If not, do that first, and then you can start worrying about stabilizing and other ways of fixing the edit.

    Also, you mention:
    or do I just need to default to the wide every time this happens?

    If you have a wide shot of the whole interview, then depending on the angle, you can reframe that shot and use as cover or replacement.


  • Bill Celnick

    November 17, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    agree that any real helpful suggestion would require seeing exactly what you’re working with, but, lets assume that some of this footage was okay – I might try first to use all of this video that was good, and then have to make a gut decision on each of the unstable shots – with all the flaws is the unstable footage more or less interesting then the wide shot you mentioned?

    I’ve used Warp Stabilizer, Mercalli, and DaVinci Resolve at times to stabilize – with Mercalli you can try different options, maybe you can make just enough of your shots good enough to use.

  • Paula Zimmerman

    November 18, 2023 at 5:29 am


    When I read about Mercalli, I thought it could help, but it appears that it’s only for PC. Can it work with Premiere on Mac?

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    November 18, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    Hey Paula,

    Mercalli plug-in is PC only.
    Have not heard of it before, as I notmally use Mocha Pro, Adobe Warp or After Effects.
    But for what it does, it looks great, and price is not bad.

    However, looking the Mercalli, it looks great. But, and it is a BIG but, all of the examples shown in their reel, are not as extreme as the problems that you are describing.

    It is impossible to give clear ideas for a solution without a visual example.
    Also, you need to do the rough cut of what you must have, before repairing it by either visual repair, using B-Roll or some other visual device in the edit.

    Hope that this helps.


    PS: Topaz currently have a Black Friday offer on their Video & Photo suite:

    And, the new updated suite from BorisFX is looking really attractive – I haven’t tried it yet, but I will. The COW posted up their news yesterday, you can alos find it here:

  • Ann Bens

    November 19, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Warp Stabilizer is not going to work on footage that randomly pans and zooms.

    WS is designed to stabilize hand held footage.

    You will have to cut the footage and use B-roll as I do not think Topaz or Mercalli will do the job either.

  • Bill Celnick

    November 23, 2023 at 6:25 pm

    sorry for the late reply…vaguely recall a few years back Mercalli did have a Mac version, but it was a stand-alone application, not a plug-in, and it wouldn’t work with the M1 chips when they were released. Things may have changed.

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