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Stabilizing footage

From: Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

Video: Stabilizing footage

For this tutorial movie, we will be using the Stabilizing project from the Chapter 6 folder of your exercise files and we're going to be talking about stabilizing footage. How often you go out and you shoot something and you don't have a tripod with you and the footage just gets all shaky and looks terrible or if you're zoomed in really closely, every little tiny movement you make is extremely exaggerated. So, when you bring in the footage and you start editing it, you realize its just a little to shaky to be super cool. So, what you can do is use the Stabilize effect to balance that motion out a little bit and that's what we're going to be doing here in this movie.

Stabilizing footage

For this tutorial movie, we will be using the Stabilizing project from the Chapter 6 folder of your exercise files and we're going to be talking about stabilizing footage. How often you go out and you shoot something and you don't have a tripod with you and the footage just gets all shaky and looks terrible or if you're zoomed in really closely, every little tiny movement you make is extremely exaggerated. So, when you bring in the footage and you start editing it, you realize its just a little to shaky to be super cool. So, what you can do is use the Stabilize effect to balance that motion out a little bit and that's what we're going to be doing here in this movie.

So, if you would like to follow along with me here, you could feel free to use any piece of shaky footage you like. Now, click the Effects button here in the Tasks panel and we could scroll all the way down to the last effect which is the Stabilizer. So, just click and drag and drop, that either in the Monitor Panel or in the Sceneline on the clip that you want to stabilize. You will notice that right away it zooms up just a little bit. The reason why that is because when your footage is stabilized, the edges are going to look crazy because it is going to have to balance out the position of the footage to compensate for the shakiness which causes some black borders around the edges.

So, it automatically zooms up a little bit. So, you don't have those crusty borders. Now, what I want to do now is preview what I have so far, but the Stabilizer is something that Premiere Elements usually has a tough time just previewing on the fly, like it does with regular footage. So, I'm going to render this first by hitting the Enter key on the keyboard. That will be great, now I'm going to go back over here to my Timeline real quick first, just right click on my footage and delete the audio, we will talk about that in the Audio chapter, I just don't want the audio getting in the way when I'm trying to talk over what is going on here, but you're more than welcome to leave that audio track there, that's not going to hurt anything.

So, hit the Home key and hit the Spacebar to play this back and this footage is stabilized a little bit in that, these ducks are pretty much staying in the same place throughout the video which is good, it is better, but it still is a little shaky. So, what I need to do is go over here to Edit Effects and open up the Stabilizer Parameters by clicking this little disclosure triangle here and what I want to do is increase Smoothing. You will see that as I do that, the clip goes a little bit more crazy and some of that black edge shows because what it is doing is it is increasing the smoothness of the stabilization in order to really smooth this out, it is going to have to move and rotate these clips a little bit more which is going to have these border show a little bit more as well.

In a case like this, it might work to check the background or to use original checkbox for background. What that's going to do is use the original source footage as the background of the clip instead of the black. So, we're getting some duplicates here in this area that was black because this is where the footage originally was. So, it is not always going to work to use a background, but in some instances, when you have like a solid border around your footage, it could work to make things look a little bit better. Also, notice here the Zoom settings that's basically like the scales percentage, it is set to 1/10th, it is basically 10% bigger automatically.

If you want to restore that you can take down Zoom back to a 100, then it is going to show you more of these borders. Likewise, you could also increase this a little bit bigger, so that you have less of the border, but it is going to soften your footage a little bit because you're making it bigger. So, now I'm going to hit the Home key, let's try to preview that again, well preview without rendering, yeah it will do a pretty good job. So, it is still a little bit shaky, so we're getting this Stabilizer thing is not completely perfect, but those ducks are pretty much in the same place and that's not how I filmed it at all, these ducks were all over the place and it was crazy.

So, obviously the best footage that you can get is what you should take, you shouldn't automatically just not worry about it and leave the tripod at home because the Stabilizer will fix all mistakes, that's not the way it is, the Stabilizer just helps a little bit to make things look a little bit better than they initially were, but as you saw, it definitely is not perfect all the time. Basically, it just averages out where the subjects should be, but in the averaging sometimes, it is not super smooth and it is a little bit shaky. But all in all, this is a really great feature to have.

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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