Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Stabilizing shaky footage, part of Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer.
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With the spontaneity of documentary shooting comes a fresh, exciting approach.…However, it also comes with inevitable shaky footage.…Hitting that perfect shot to fit into scene may require that you spend some time stabilizing your footage.…So take a look at how to do that.…All right, so I have here the main farming sequence, and I have a shot of BD driving…to the farmers market.…I'm just going to play it for you so you can see that it just pretty shaky.…(video playing)…Okay, so let's try to smooth that out.…
I'm going to go to the Effect palette and in the Image category, I'm going to just choose…the Stabilize effect and apply it right on top.…Now this is an automatic effect, the tracking window opens, and you can see lots of little…green points, and basically they're just attaching to places within the field of view and locking those down.…And by default, I have something called Auto-Zoom on because what it's going to do is actually…zoom in as it reverses the direction that each of those points is taking during the entire shot.…
This course is part of a series that looks at Documentary Editing from the point of view of 3 different editors in 3 different editing applications. For more insight on editing documentary projects, take a look at Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro and Documentary Editing with Final Cut Pro X.
- Interpreting a creative brief
- Exploring the documentary postproduction process
- Organizing footage and using searching techniques
- Setting up and using digital transcripts
- Building sequences and scenes to form the rough cut
- Adding effects to repair and enhance footage
- Fine-tuning the sequence to reach picture lock
- Receiving feedback
- Finishing the film with titles, color correction, and professional audio