Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Reducing camera shake in video, part of After Effects Guru: Repairing and Enhancing Video (2014).
Another option for improving a shot that needs a bit of sharpening is to reduce camera shake. Now this is a really cool filter inside of Photoshop Creative Cloud, but it's not really designed for video. It doesn't have any temporal controls. But, I still find on certain types of footage, it helps a lot and it's always good to know what's in your tool box. I've got a shot open here, and it is a shot of a very large spider. Let's take a look, and you can see that the spider is moving around a little bit, the camera isn't shaking but the web is.
I'm going to right click, and convert this to a smart object, and once i've done that, I can take advantage of some cool controls. Let's zoom in to 100%, so we're really seeing the details. And I'll choose Filter, Sharpen, Shake Reduction. What this does is auto picks a spot on the screen and attempts to remove some of the problem areas. It's a good idea to zoom into 100% to see it. And if you toggle that off and on, you can see that it's done a great job of selectively adding some contrast, and bringing out those details.
So by playing with how much it goes through, and picks up those edges, and then using a little bit of smoothing and artifact suppression to prevent artificial noise from being introduced, you definitely could do a good job of improving that shot. Let's re-size this window here. And you notice there that we can drag that to move around, and interactively look at the details a little bit better. In fact, if you want, you can even pop that window out and basically use it like a loop, allowing you to punch in and let you see some of the finer details.
So, if you want to work at a smaller resolution, you can still use the loop to look at 100%, or punch in even tighter and make your judgement, as you tweak the effect. I'm going to back off smoothing a little bit to put a little bit more back in and really look at the crispness being introduced back into the web. That looks good, press OK. And you see that some of the contrast and the edges, are better defined.
Again you really see that when you view at 100%. Without. With. Remember, as you toggle it off and on, it's a very intense filter, so it takes a little while to render. When you're satisfied, you'll just choose File, Export, Render Video, and use the techniques we have shown you earlier, to create a video file.
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- Reviewing the retoucher's toolbox
- Stabilizing footage
- Fixing alignment
- Retiming footage
- Removing lens distortion
- Using rotoscoping to enhance footage
- Recovering exposure
- Color grading with Photoshop
- Converting to black and white
- Creating a film or painterly look
- Adding depth of field