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remoran Calculating status...
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May 5, 2012 3:51 PM

What are the stablizations setting for FCP X. There is nothing in the documentation to explain how to best use this capability. I have looked everywhere and nada. I have a video with clips needing to be stablilized but when I even touch the translation setting, the video zooms to almost infinity. The app itself, outside of horrendous render files, is terrific but the stabilzation part of the equation is not. If anyone has a really good take on how to use this, please enlighten me as at this point in time, dazed and confused would decribe the situation nicely.




R. Moran

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)
  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)
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    May 6, 2012 11:05 PM (in response to remoran)

    there are no 'standard' settings ....


    to correct an instable picture you have to blow-up the frame to add 'beef' l/r and t/b to allow movement of the frame.


    keep in mind: video has a very poor resolution (max. ~ 2Mpixel); if you blew-up a frame by a few %, quality dramatically goes down ...


    next time tripod?

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)
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    May 8, 2012 2:56 AM (in response to remoran)

    remoran wrote:

    …  FCP lacks information on something as complex and as important as this. …

    hmm, well ... the new FCPX tries to be NOT complex.


    And the few sliders are self-explanatory when you keep in mind, how a stabilization should work.

    The stabilizer in FCPX is 2D-based, not as the one, Google lately demoed (I lost the link to that) which tracks and componsate shake in three-dimensional space (in a 2D recording - awesome!)


    So, it silly simple tries to keep pixels on position within a user-defined speed/'smoothness' and keep lines straight within a user-defined rotation-speed. To do so, you have to zoom the picture. The amount of zoom defines the amount of stabilization, corresponding to the amount of shakiness in recording.


    dead simple.



  • Goldfish Level 2 Level 2 (355 points)
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    May 8, 2012 5:17 AM (in response to remoran)


    I know this isn't the answer you're looking for but I resorted to using iStabalize by Pixlock a while back when HD interlaced functionality was broken in FCP7 smoothcam. Something to do with a mistake in how the field dominance was handled.

    From what I understand it's still broken in FCPX.


    iStabilize is an amazing little app and simple to use. If you can spare $50 bucks I highly recommend it.  I had a license that I bought years ago and when smoothcam broke I revisited it and it works flawlessly. It even has some functionality that smoothcam doesn't have including edge interpolation which allows you to set the zooming to a much less drastic value. For me it was worth the extra time I had to spend exporting and managing clips.




  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)
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    May 9, 2012 7:18 AM (in response to remoran)

    remoran wrote:

    ...  I'll check out the google demo, that sounds awesome!


  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,450 points)
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    May 9, 2012 9:06 AM (in response to remoran)

    remoran wrote:


    Thanks for the link! Pretty outrageous to say the least.

    ... and as far as i understand google, avail as part of the YouTube online video editor.


    What I have in mind is doing a few tests - some shakey recordings, up- and downloaded via YT, or processed by FCPX .... My assumption is, for consumer material this should work  in terms of quality.


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