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PeterSpence1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am gettimng "tearing" on verticals in a clip treated with Smooth Cam when I create QT movie (H264). Where SmoothCam hasn't been used i don't have the problem. The tearing is only evident on the exported QT file, not in the FCP canvas so unsure where exactly the problem lies. Any help gratefully received. Thanks, Peter

  • 1. Re: SmoothCam
    Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,690 points)

    In FCP, set the canvas scale to 100% and look at the scene you have applied smoothcam to. Do you see the same thing as the exported QuickTime?

    Final Cut ProScreenSnapz001.png

     

    Click on a source clip in the FCP Browser, and once selected type Command + 9 to see the item properties for the clip. Either report those properties, or take a screen shot of the properties and post that here.

     

    Next. click anywhere on your sequence timeline, and then type Command + 0 {zero} to see the Sequence Settings. Either report those settings here or take a screen shot and post that screen shot here.

     

    MtD

  • 2. Re: SmoothCam
    Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,125 points)

    also, motion will do a much better job.  Just select the clip in your timeline and control click and "send to motion."  You then apply the stabilize behavior to the clip and mark tracking points. If you need help with this, post back.

  • 3. Re: SmoothCam
    Philip Snyder Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    I found that SmoothCam does not work in FCP 7. What does work beautifully to stabilize a scene is a feature called "Lock and Load". It cost $150 but in my opinion is well worth it:

     

    http://www.lockandloadx.com/

  • 4. Re: SmoothCam
    Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,125 points)

    why spend $100 when motion which comes with fcp7 does a great job?

  • 5. Re: SmoothCam
    Philip Snyder Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    Of course, I tried Motion first but in order to get the proper stabilzation it was blowing up the scenes more than I wanted.

  • 6. Re: SmoothCam
    PeterSpence1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK thanks so much for your responses, I'm coming back to this project in a couple of days when I will let you know how I get on. Peter

  • 7. Re: SmoothCam
    Philip Snyder Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    You're welcome. All I can say is that my back was against the wall on the project and Lock & Load saved my ***. IMO, it was worth the $.

  • 8. Re: SmoothCam
    Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)

    If you have the CS suite with After Effects, you'll find it does a better job of image stabilization than Motion.

     

    Also, the stabilization parameters in Motion can be tweeked.

     

    Good fun.

     

    x

  • 9. Re: SmoothCam
    poconorm Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    Philip is right. Lock & Load smashes smooth-cam AND Motion. Unless the footage is rediculous wobbly it does a great job.

  • 10. Re: SmoothCam
    PeterSpence1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi MtD here are the two images you asked for, and yes when I zoomed in to 100% on the canvas I saw the tearing there too, so clearly it is an issue with SmoothCam, not the QT file creation. Any ideas ?
    Thanks, Peter
    Screen shot 2013-02-02 at 15.34.24.pngScreen shot 2013-02-02 at 15.43.17.png

  • 11. Re: SmoothCam
    Philip Snyder Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    Peter,

     

    I went thru all this last summer. There is a bug in FCP7 re: SmoothCam which Apple will not address since they've moved on FCPX. I had 19 scenes in a 20 minute video with camera hitches. Lock and Load fixed all of them flawlessly. IMO, it was well-worth the money. You can download the trial version and test it free of charge. You'll get a watermark but it goes away when you pay.

     

    http://www.lockandloadx.com/

     

    Phil

  • 12. Re: SmoothCam
    PeterSpence1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Philip, but its just not worth it for this one project - I'll struggle on with FCP / Motion ...

  • 13. Re: SmoothCam
    Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,690 points)

    The thing I have noticed about Smoothcam is that it has dificulties with interlaced footage. Apply a Deinterlace filter on your clip that has Smoothcam applied and re-render and see if that helps.

     

    Effects > Video > Deinterlace

     

    MtD

  • 14. Re: SmoothCam
    PeterSpence1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I dont see what de-interlacing would achieve as footage was shot 25fps progressive ... ?

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