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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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