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PeterSpence1 Calculating status...
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Jan 27, 2013 1:30 PM

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

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,375 points)
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    Jan 27, 2013 1:41 PM (in response to PeterSpence1)

    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

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 8:26 AM (in response to PeterSpence1)

    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.

  • Philip Snyder Calculating status...
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    Jan 28, 2013 10:56 AM (in response to PeterSpence1)

    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/

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 12:51 PM (in response to Philip Snyder)

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

  • Philip Snyder Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 1:33 PM (in response to Michael Grenadier)

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

  • Philip Snyder Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 8:46 AM (in response to PeterSpence1)

    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 $.

  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 4:33 PM (in response to Philip Snyder)

    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

  • poconorm Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 12:09 AM (in response to Studio X)

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

  • Philip Snyder Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 8:47 AM (in response to PeterSpence1)

    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

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,375 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 10:04 AM (in response to PeterSpence1)

    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

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