Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Locking off a shot

From: After Effects CS5.5 New Features

Video: Locking off a shot

Although Warp Stabilizer is commonly used to smooth existing camera movement, you can also use it to completely lock off a shot. That means if you find yourself out there shooting an interview or a clean plate and you forgot your tripod, it may be good enough to hold the camera as steady as you can and then fix it in post. So here we have a source shot that's almost locked off but in fact it is bouncy and handheld.

Locking off a shot

Although Warp Stabilizer is commonly used to smooth existing camera movement, you can also use it to completely lock off a shot. That means if you find yourself out there shooting an interview or a clean plate and you forgot your tripod, it may be good enough to hold the camera as steady as you can and then fix it in post. So here we have a source shot that's almost locked off but in fact it is bouncy and handheld. Let's take a look at what happens if we actually block it off completely. This time I'm going to apply Warp Stabilizer from the Effect & Presets menu.

So if I search on Warp, you see it under the Distort menu. I'll just double click it and once again it starts analyzing automatically. During the analysis or after, I can instead choose No Motion and that will just change the stabilizing portion. Now before you analyze this result technically, just look what it does for the cinematic quality of the shot. It now conveys a completely different and stronger story, if you will, whereas before the story that I got from the shot was "Hey, my friends are out on up here and I am trying to take a shot of them." Now we've taken the camera operator out of the equation and we have a shot in which one rider remains still and the other one leaves.

Notice that the options to reduce Smoothness are grayed out over here. This is an all or nothing decision. The shot is either locked off or not. If instead you want a shot with a little bit of motion, the way to do that is to choose Smooth Motion and just increase the Smoothness. If I bump it up a lot like this, what I have now is a smooth pan. It still has some of the dramatic quality that I alluded to but this time we're following the rider who's leaving and leaving the other rider behind.

So you can see where Warp Stabilizer actually becomes something of a storytelling tool. The No Motion option is designed for cases where you want a locked camera. If you want a camera that's almost locked but slightly loose, you can use Smooth Motion and raise the Smoothness settings. This is one case where no really means no.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for After Effects CS5.5 New Features
After Effects CS5.5 New Features

30 video lessons · 9130 viewers

Mark Christiansen
Author

 

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed After Effects CS5.5 New Features.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.