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There's a lot of filters that I really like in Premiere Pro, and one of the filters that rises to the top for me is the Warp Stabilizer. It allows me to take shaky footage, clean shaky footage, and make it usable. Let me show you an example of how to use the Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro. Take a look at this sequence we have the wide shot of me about to cut the pizza, the close up, and the wide shot. Now the problem is (SOUND) this shot's kind of shaky, it was handheld, and I really wanted it to have a more stable look because we're going from a stable shot to a shaky shot to a stable shot.
So, I'm simply going to select this clip, go over to my effects tab, type in warp. It brings up a couple of filters and the one that we're going to look at right now is the warp stabilizer and I'll simply drop that on the clip. Now, let me click on this. If you're not seeing it in your effects control panel go ahead and select it in your timeline, and make sure the effects control panel is available. And you'll notice that you get this analyzing in background bar across the image, and if you look closely at the warp stabilizer filter, you see that's counting through the frames and analyzing the footage.
So it's a two-step process, right now its analyzing every single pixel and then determining where those pixels are moving. Once it's done analyzing it, it will then determine how it can position the video so that pizza stays relatively stable and central. Now I'm going to go ahead and play this back and then we're going to make some modifications so you have a better idea of how it works. >>So? (LAUGH) >>And you're going to entertain children with this? >>Completely.
>>Okay. So. >>So that's dramatically different. Literally it feels as if the camera's floating. So what warp stabilization has done, it's created smooth motion, and you can control how smooth that is. I could use this virtual slider to move it to the left to stabilize it a little bit less, or move it to the right to stabilize it even more. Now, it doesn't have to re-analyze, but it will have to go through the stabilizing steps again.
If I go ahead and replay this clip. >> Okay. So. >> It seems to be floating a little bit less. It's almost a lock down, and that's great. I could literally take this to 100% or if I wanted to, switch over to no motion at all. >> Once again it's going to need to re-stabilize it. The analysis is done, and now if I play it it will seem as if the camera is locked down on the tripod. >> And you can entertain children with this.
>> Completely. >> Okay, so. Now, a lot of math is happening behind the scenes. And if you noticed, it was, I would say, about 95 percent perfect. At one point, the pizza gets a little bit elongated, but when you think about what's really happening, what was the original shot like? Well, I can show you, because one of the things you can do is in the borders property. I am choosing the default, which is stabilize it, crop it, and then scale it up so I don't have any black in my image. If I choose one of the options, I can show you exactly what's happening behind the scenes.
If I choose to stabilize only, what you will see is this shot moving around to keep the pizza central. >> And you can entertain children with this? >> Absolutely. >> Okay, so. >> Notice the edges of the screen? If I turned off the background you would really see it, but it's literally moving the shot around so it stays in the center. Now, if I switch to stabilize and crop, you'll actually see how much of the sides of the image it has to cut off so you don't see it floating around.
>> Okay. So. >> But the pizza's staying perfectly central, so ultimately when I switch to the default, which is stabilize, crop and auto-scale, it needs to blow the image up to fill the frame. And if you notice over here to the left it's auto scaling by 137% to make sure that I don't have anything strange popping out of the sides. Now Premiere Pro does a pretty good job of blowing things up without them getting soft, and I'm pretty impressed with what I can do to stabilize this shot. Now remember, if your original shot isn't clear because of all the motion, the warp stabilizer isn't going to fix that.
It works really well with very clean footage, and you'd be surprised at how you can turn a lemon into lemonade.
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