Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training
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Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips


Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips

The Warp Stabilizer is one of the great new features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. Now, what it does is it takes shaky footage, and makes it--well, in some cases, perfect. So let's take a look at a couple of clips and then apply the Warp Stabilizer and show you exactly what it does and explain what it's doing. I have two shots here, and I absolutely love this first shot. It's a time lapse. And if we go ahead and we play it, it's of an airport over San Francisco at night, and those little bugs are actually planes.
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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 38s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 10s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 52s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 42s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 22s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 24s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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Watch the Online Video Course Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training
6h 59m Beginner May 07, 2012

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This course introduces Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using a project-based approach that introduces video editors to all the skills necessary to cut their own program. Using a short commercial project as an example, author Abba Shapiro walks viewers through a complete and logical workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes troubleshooting advice, such as reconnecting offline media and using the History panel to undo multiple actions.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the window layout and the interface
  • Importing card-based media
  • Capturing media from tape
  • Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
  • Editing clips into the Timeline
  • Performing insert and overwrite edits
  • Performing more advanced editing tasks, such as 3-point editing, replace edits, and trimming using ripple and roll edits
  • Mixing audio
  • Editing more efficiently using markers
  • Working with stills and graphics
  • Creating speed changes on clips
  • Adding transitions and effects
  • Creating titles, credit rolls, and lower thirds
  • Demonstrating multicamera editing techniques
  • Stabilizing shaky footage
  • Exporting your final project to the web, mobile devices, and tape
Premiere Pro
Abba Shapiro

Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips

The Warp Stabilizer is one of the great new features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. Now, what it does is it takes shaky footage, and makes it--well, in some cases, perfect. So let's take a look at a couple of clips and then apply the Warp Stabilizer and show you exactly what it does and explain what it's doing. I have two shots here, and I absolutely love this first shot. It's a time lapse. And if we go ahead and we play it, it's of an airport over San Francisco at night, and those little bugs are actually planes.

Now, I really want to use this shot, but if you notice, every so often the wind comes in, and it kind of jars the camera, which is acceptable, but it's not perfect. And I love this shot so much that I want to be able to stabilize it. So I am going to select this clip, and I'm going to go over to the Effects tab, and we are going to use the Warp Stabilizer. So I am going to type in warp, and there we go, Warp Stabilizer. I am simply going to grab it and drag it and drop it onto this clip. Now, when you drag the Warp Stabilizer onto a clip, Adobe Premiere Pro has to analyze it, and it literally looks at where every pixel of every frame is and creates an algorithm. And I use the word algorithm because that makes it sound really complex and scientific and really hard, but it's amazing.

So what it does it actually figures out where each pixel is going and then holds them in place. Now, some stabilizers actually will just reposition an image by twisting it left and right and up and down. Well, with the Warp Stabilizer it actually will do that, but it even goes a couple of steps further. In addition to just positioning it or working with it, if the camera was rotating, if the image moved back and forth--that's like forward and backwards in that Z axis nearer and further away-- the perspective could change, and it will analyze that and stabilize it.

When you get all the way to Subspace Warp, what it's really doing is it's noticing if a pixel is in one specific location in one frame and then jumps maybe three pixels in the next frame, exactly what happened with this time lapse. So it takes a little longer to analyze, but it's going to be a brilliant result. Now, you may want to play with some of the options underneath of Method and see if you need to go all the way down to Subspace Warp, but take a look at the results once it finishes part two of the process, which is stabilizing.

Now, once it's finished stabilizing, let's go back and play this clip. Now, you'd be pretty hard-pressed to even find one frame where the camera shifts. Just to remind you how it looked originally, we'll go ahead and we'll turn off the Warp Stabilizer, and you can see those camera hits.

Boom, there you go. With the Warp Stabilizer on, blows it up a little bit, but perfectly solid. Now, that's great, but let's take a look at a real-world example that you might face. We did a quick interview, and we didn't grab a tripod, so if you take a look at the footage, it's pretty shaky. Now, you may have footage that looks a lot like this and the Warp Stabilizer will really come in handy.

Again, I am going to simply select that clip, grab the Warp Stabilizer, drop it on, and let it start analyzing where all the pixels are moving. Now, notice it says Analyzing in the background. I can't actually see the stabilization on this clip while it's doing the work, but I can continue to work in my Timeline and edit other clips in my program and come back with the analysis done. So don't just stop and wait. You can actually keep being productive. Now, once the analyzing and the stabilization is done, you'll notice the image got blown up just a little bit. That's because it's necessary for Premiere Pro to actually blow up the image so you don't see any black edges as it tries to reposition the original clip.

Let's look at the final result, and then we'll step backwards, and you can see what it's doing. (video playing) Now, that's a lot better than what it was. Let's go ahead and double-click to load it in and turn it off. Pretty shaky. (video playing) Now, what I really like is instead of trying to lock it down, it does let the camera float a little bit. It shows a little bit of smooth motion to the shot.

I can control how smooth or how rock solid that is with this slider, or if I wanted to I could go ahead and say I don't want any Motion at all. If I do that, it won't need to reanalyze the clip, but it will need to run through the stabilization process again. It's pretty quick on a fast machine, and as you noticed, it blew up the image a little bit more. But take a look, you don't even see any camera float at all. (video playing) I mean, that looks like it's on a tripod.

Remember where we came from. (video playing) Now, if the camera is shaky and the image gets blurry, the Warp Stabilizer can't fix that. But as long as you have a clean image, it's pretty amazing. I want to show you really what it's doing in the background. Let's go ahead and move the playhead to the beginning of the clip, and I want to show you how this is going to work. I am going to switch from Stabilize, Crop, Auto-scale just to Stabilize, and I turned this off a moment ago so we could see the difference, and now let me hit Play.

What it's really doing is moving the image around so he stays perfectly centered. By switching back to Stabilize, Crop, and then scaling it up a little bit, it actually blows up the image about 10%, which is acceptable, and now I have a perfectly solid image. (video playing) If I was on a desert island and was only allowed to take one filter with me, the Warp Stabilizer filter would be the one that I would bring to use in all of my programs.

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Q: The exercise files don't work for me. I get an error message stating the sequence(s) could not be loaded and it returns me to the Welcome screen. I am using the trial version of Premiere Pro and the correct codecs do not seem to be included.
A: All the required codecs are included in the trial version of Premiere. You just need to activate the trial with your Adobe ID. If you don't sign into Adobe, anything with MPEG compression will be unavailable. Signing resolves that issue and restores all MPEG-based support.
Q: I'm receiving the following error message from Premiere Pro. "This project contained a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file or codec could be associated with this sequence type." How do I resolve it?
Additionally, when I try to create a project, I only have DV sequence presets available.
A: Solution 1: Deactivate, and then reactivate Adobe Premiere Pro.
Launch Adobe Premiere Pro by clicking the application icon. Do not attempt to load a project file. Choose New Project, then create a project. The settings you choose in this step are not important.
Launch Premiere Pro so that the Help menu is available. Choose Help > Deactivate. Then on the Deactivate, screen click the Deactivate button. On Premiere Pro CC Choose Help > Sign out ...Then sign back in. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro as you did in Step 1. On the Sign In Required screen, click the Sign in button. If prompted, sign in with your Adobe ID. The full list of sequence presets is reinitialized. Open the project the generated the error to ensure that it opens correctly. If you are still unable to open your project, contact Adobe Technical Support.
Solution 2: Re-create the Adobe Premiere Pro preferences and plug-in cache.
Get ready to press the Alt (Option) + Shift keys simultaneously. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro by clicking the application icon, and immediately press and hold the Alt (Option) + Shift keys. Continue to hold the Alt (Option) + Shift keys down until you see the Welcome Screen. Note: If the preferences have been reset successfully, the Recent Projects area of the welcome screen will be blank. (Holding Alt (Option) alone on launch will reset the preferences. Holding Shift alone will delete the plugin cache.)
Q: When I tried to open the exercise files for this course, the following message popped up.
"This project was last used with Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (CUDA), which is not available on this system. Mercury Playback Engine Software only will be used?"
What do I have to do to solve the issue?
Luckily, there is no issue. This is how Premiere Pro operates. "Mercury Playback Engine Software only will be used" is an indication that the machine that is being used does not have an approved/fast enough graphics card. However, all the files and media for this course will work just fine.
You can read more about the system requirements for Premiere Pro here and here

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