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  • Smoothing a bumpy pan

    Posted by Jim Arco on June 28, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I’m trying to smooth out a bumpy horizontal pan shot. The camera was likely on a monopod and follows the right-to-left action rather well until about the middle of the shot. Then it does what I would describe as a “stop-jerk-resume,” mostly horizontal movement. I tried warp stabilizer, but it seems to just go crazy at the bumpy part.

    I can track the background, but then what do I do next to smooth out the pan?

    Jim

    Jim Arco replied 10 years, 11 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Todd Kopriva

    June 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    In this video, I use the Warp Stabilizer effect to fix exactly the kind of shot that you’re trying to fix. It might help you.

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    Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
    After Effects quality engineering
    After Effects team blog
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  • Jim Arco

    June 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks Todd, for the tutorial.

    The shot I need to fix is panning from right-to-left. A person is walking towards the left, getting closer to the camera until he nearly fills the frame, then continues as the camera follows him. Unfortunately, the “stop-jerk-resume” occurs when the person is closest to the camera and mostly fills the frame. That’s probably what is confusing the warp-stabilizer.

    I can get a good track on various points in the background, but I don’t know how to use that information to smooth out the shot.

    Jim

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