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Stabilization

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Video: Stabilization

I don't know about you, but to me, it seems like it doesn't matter how much preparation goes in to going on a shoot and having all your equipment with you; inevitably you will end up with a beautiful shot that you're going to have to fix in post. Now thankfully, the person who shot this did a great job with the exposure and the colors, and all that sort of thing. But if we watch playback of our project here, you'll notice it's a little shaky. So we will go ahead and stabilize this in Motion using one of the stabilize behaviors.

Stabilization

I don't know about you, but to me, it seems like it doesn't matter how much preparation goes in to going on a shoot and having all your equipment with you; inevitably you will end up with a beautiful shot that you're going to have to fix in post. Now thankfully, the person who shot this did a great job with the exposure and the colors, and all that sort of thing. But if we watch playback of our project here, you'll notice it's a little shaky. So we will go ahead and stabilize this in Motion using one of the stabilize behaviors.

Now, there are a couple of different options to stabilizing the footage. Let me just stop playback here. So let's select our footage here and go to the Library under Behaviors. If you go to Motion Tracking, there is an option for Stabilize. So just go ahead and apply it by clicking the Apply button. Since we had the video layer selected, it's already in there. Now, if you press F7, you can open up the HUD and you'll see, by default, it's going to go ahead and stabilize.

The Borders are set to Normal, which you'll see what that means in a quick second, and we can have it adjust the position; the Position and the Scale; or all three: Position, Scale, and Rotation. Usually, I like to just have this go through and do Position first, and then we'll see if we need to do other things. So click Analyze to start the Stabilize function. Now, let's see what the results end up like. Now, I think that looks pretty good.

The only issue we're running into, it's a little wobbly, and as you can see the edges are kind of creeping a little bit. So I'm going to stop playback here, and press I in HUD so we can open up Stabilize in the Inspector. Here are all the different options we can have. Now, Quality is set to Better. There is an option for Better or Faster. Better is going to utilize some of the optical flow technology in Motion, so it will look a little better and kind of warp the image a little bit.

There's a second option here for Track Region. Now, what this is going to do is allow you to specify a specific area to track. That way, the software doesn't have to analyze the entire thing; it can just analyze this one region. So I'm going to undo our stabilize analysis. This time, let's choose Track Region. Now you can see we have this red box that's popped up. You can make the region larger or smaller, and you can adjust its rotation if you want it to kind of track something that's off-kilter, just by clicking this square on the right-hand side of our Position, kind of like the normal transform controls for anything inside of Motion.

We'll choose just this one area of rocks, since it's so dominant and in the foreground. You can track horizontal and vertical or just one or the other. We'll leave horizontal and vertical. Now, click Analyze to analyze our stabilization. Now, if we view our playback here, you'll notice I'm not getting nearly as much of that kind wobble in the video as I was before, and it is sort of stabilizing things.

What we need to do is deal with the borders. Change the Border option from Normal to Zoom and see what happens. Notice down here in the lower right I am getting this exclamation point. This exclamation point is just kind of telling me you might want to be careful because it's scaled so much you may be causing some degradation in quality. Also, as you scrub through, notice there is still a little bit of wobble on the image, so we may have to redo this. But I just kind of wanted to show you zoom, so you could see how things are adjusting.

As I am looking at this, we probably want to do Position and Rotation. We'll still leave Scale alone. So let's go to Rotation and click Analyze. Okay. I'm still getting the same warning here, but let's watch our playback and see how things are looking. Now, if I didn't have my Stabilize behavior selected, let's see what things would actually look like.

Now, I do think this looks significantly better. Just understand, when it comes to stabilizing your footage, not every shot is going to be rock solid. Sometimes they'll have a little wobble, and you won't be able to "fix" it in post. But overall, the Stabilize behavior is a great place to go when you do need to just bring a little bit more stabilization to your footage.

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Motion 5 Essential Training

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  1. 14m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Learning important definitions
      8m 13s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 37s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 22s
  2. 49m 41s
    1. Launching Motion for the first time
      4m 3s
    2. Navigating the interface
      9m 27s
    3. Creating and transforming objects in the Canvas
      6m 9s
    4. Controlling the Timing pane
      6m 29s
    5. Setting essential preferences
      6m 41s
    6. Customizing the keyboard
      5m 5s
    7. Using RAM preview and audio controls to get smooth preview playback
      5m 26s
    8. Introducing markers and audio
      6m 21s
  3. 26m 9s
    1. Adding assets to a project
      7m 56s
    2. Using the Library
      6m 4s
    3. Working with layers and groups
      6m 9s
    4. Understanding and using blend modes
      6m 0s
  4. 31m 15s
    1. Adding and adjusting behaviors
      7m 5s
    2. Adding multiple behaviors
      6m 31s
    3. Trimming and sliding behaviors
      8m 40s
    4. Using custom presets to create a slideshow
      8m 59s
  5. 29m 49s
    1. Animating manually using keyframes
      7m 49s
    2. Using the Record button
      6m 28s
    3. Manipulating keyframes with the Keyframe Editor
      10m 9s
    4. Combining keyframes and behaviors
      5m 23s
  6. 52m 33s
    1. Adding and formatting text
      7m 50s
    2. Using text styles
      10m 36s
    3. Formatting with the Transform Glyph tool
      5m 33s
    4. Animating text
      11m 17s
    5. Working with text on a path
      8m 16s
    6. Creating credit rolls
      9m 1s
  7. 31m 19s
    1. Match Move: Four-corner pin
      7m 25s
    2. Match Move: Transform
      11m 27s
    3. Stabilization
      5m 4s
    4. Retiming footage with behaviors
      7m 23s
  8. 16m 42s
    1. Applying and adjusting filters
      4m 18s
    2. Applying multiple filters
      7m 32s
    3. Timing a style with filters
      4m 52s
  9. 33m 35s
    1. Creating and adjusting shapes
      10m 7s
    2. Using shape behaviors
      7m 40s
    3. Creating and adjusting masks
      10m 47s
    4. Creating masks with objects
      5m 1s
  10. 34m 3s
    1. Using the keyer to composite green screen footage
      7m 28s
    2. Refining a key
      11m 6s
    3. Using masks to refine a green screen composite
      7m 54s
    4. Color-correcting elements to match within a green screen composite
      7m 35s
  11. 50m 2s
    1. Understanding generators
      4m 52s
    2. Applying text generators
      5m 41s
    3. Creating particle systems
      5m 49s
    4. Making adjustments to a particle system
      7m 33s
    5. Using particle behaviors
      5m 18s
    6. Creating paint strokes
      6m 58s
    7. Animating paint strokes
      4m 57s
    8. Using the Replicator
      5m 1s
    9. Replicating video
      3m 53s
  12. 47m 28s
    1. Viewing a scene in different layouts
      7m 17s
    2. Working with lights
      8m 12s
    3. Adjusting lighting and reflectivity
      9m 13s
    4. Creating and adjusting shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Creating replicators in 3D
      7m 50s
    6. Creating particles in 3D
      5m 7s
    7. Creating text in 3D
      5m 46s
  13. 42m 14s
    1. Working with cameras
      9m 3s
    2. Creating depth of field in a composition
      4m 55s
    3. Using camera behaviors
      9m 53s
    4. Create interest with the Focus behavior
      7m 26s
    5. Animating cameras with camera framing
      10m 57s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Adding and adjusting audio
      9m 29s
    2. Adding audio markers
      7m 7s
  15. 17m 37s
    1. Sharing files
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a pre-render
      7m 5s
    3. Archiving a project
      3m 34s
  16. 26m 5s
    1. Creating drop zones
      4m 21s
    2. Setting up rigs: Slider rigs
      6m 56s
    3. Setting up rigs: Pop-up rigs
      4m 49s
    4. Making templates for Motion
      4m 3s
    5. Making templates for Final Cut Pro
      5m 56s
  17. 1m 32s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 32s

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