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In Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started, author Steve Holyhead explores the tools and techniques in Media Composer for producing great looking video, as well as the basics of high definition media formats. This course walks through the video production workflow from input to editing to output, covers key information such as trim concepts and frame rates, and introduces techniques such as color correction, footage stabilization, and real-time audio effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Another specialized tool used during the finishing process is Image Stabilization. Media Composer can help remove or reduce movement which comes from shaky cameras. Let's have a look here at the clip that we need to stabilize. (Video playing.) That's a pretty typical problem. The cameraperson is on a very long lens, and it's super-hard to keep that lens steady when you are zoomed all the way in like that.
Let's go to the Effects palette > Image category. Here in the Image category, I've got a great effect called Stabilize. Watch this. I am going to take the effect, drag it, drop it onto this clip, and sit back while the system analyzes the image and removes the shake. What you can see here is the system's doing a multipoint analysis. It's looking at all sorts of objects in the field of view and using those as a reference point to stabilize the whole image.
You can see here that I have actually got Auto Zoom applied. That's automatically applied when we add the Stabilize effect like this. So that means that when I close this window and play the clip back, it will now be stabilized. (Video playing.) And that's it. It doesn't get any more complicated than that. Camera shake can come from a moving vehicle, wind, a long lens, or even tired arms.
Whatever the cause, you now have the tools at your disposal to take care of it.
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