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  • Looking for movement in part of a frame?

     Brian Thomas updated 1 week ago 2 Members · 5 Posts
  • Brian Thomas

    March 9, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    Hi! I’m pointing a camcorder at a bird table/bath for 12+ hours at a time but going through the footage afterwards to find something worthwhile can be a bit tedious. What I’d like is something that will ‘look at’ part of the image (as I do currently but speeded up quite a bit) which will alert me in some way to the presence of movement. I’m very familiar with FCPx but I can’t think of anything in there for this. Any ideas….? Thanks in advance

  • Ben Balser

    March 9, 2023 at 5:31 pm

    I’ve never seen a motion detection plugin for FCPX (or any other NLE). Aside from placing it in a timeline and using the skimmer, which is pretty fast. Or if hitting the L key a few times to play fast forward, unless the movement is too brief and you’d miss it that way. Or put it in a timeline, make it really tall, zoom in the perfect amount, and just look at the thumbnails. But an automated motion detection system, not in FCPX, really.

  • Brian Thomas

    March 9, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    Many thanks for such a speedy reply Ben. Almost as fast as I’m reviewing my footage! I’m pretty much doing the various things you kindly suggest but it would be great to have a machine do it for me.

    Could be useful in other situations. Years ago someone said our Labrador would get stressed if we left her alone for more than half a day. I set up a camcorder covering the large area of the apartment to which she had access and after four plus hours of shopping we came back, I ran through the footage (in the way I described) and we were relieved to prove she slept calmly with all four paws in the air the whole time.

  • Ben Balser

    March 9, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    As a professional dog trainer (retired from TV production), really, fantastic you have a dog who does well alone. I use Petcam cameras which are motion and sound sensitive and will record a bit when triggered. But aside from that, and wildlife can move too fast for those motion triggered cameras often, yep, manually scan. But a motion detector would be cool. I beta test on occasion for Coremelt and may ask them if such a plugin would be doable.

  • Brian Thomas

    March 10, 2023 at 8:34 am

    Great, thanks for mentioning this to Coremelt. I’ve bought a few things from them over the years and they seem pretty reliable as well as being responsive to my dumb questions.

    I googled my issue and it looks like there are a couple of tools which could work here. I’ll get back at some stage with my experiences.

    Actually, that lovely, slightly undersized Labrador bitch spent most of her life with our other male Labrador. It was only after he passed that the original concerns about stress were raised. She used to amaze all with her ability to unfailingly intercept flying biscuits. She had the fastest neural networking brain tuned to trajectories that any of us had ever seen. We miss them!

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