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Adventures in Stabilization.

Postby _Paz_ » Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:18 am

I've been shooting more birds than editing lately. At high magnification I continuously get wobbles, even on a tripod. All I have to do is touch anything ... or breathe. I've been telling myself that I can edit these shakes out with software but eventually it dawned on me that I'd better do some testing to be sure I have anything worth keeping.

I have three versions of a very short segment. The first as shot, second with PrePro CS6 Warp Stabilizer, third with Mercalli 4.0 - Rock Steady and Avoid Border. (Before Avoid Border the view was wider but the lowest portion of the view was ziggy.)

Neither of the stabilizers did a perfect job as I see the video. I've been trying to decide which is best so I can set up a workflow.

Since (I believe) viewing is probably different on different computers, internet speed, etc., I'd like to know which of the two stabilizers you all think has the highest quality. My internet speed maxes out at 10 something. Mercalli was definitely faster. Neither stressed my laptop more or less than the other.

Thanks for your opinions!

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Re: Adventures in Stabilization.

Postby Peru » Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:25 am

I like the Warp Stabilizer version better than the Mercalli.
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Re: Adventures in Stabilization.

Postby sidd finch » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:51 am

I like the Warp Stabilizer version better than the Mercalli.


I do too. And, it is already integrated into PPro.

Do you have the ability to use a remote for your camera so that you are not touching the camera?

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Re: Adventures in Stabilization.

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:57 pm

The use of the camera remote is a good suggestion. What make/model of tripod are you using?
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Re: Adventures in Stabilization.

Postby _Paz_ » Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:45 pm

Two votes for Adobe's Warp Stabilizer. Thanks! Too bad it takes about 4 times as long.


remote control


I suppose I could connect via tablet or smart phone. I do use a Libec to Pany lanc system to begin and end recording so it is a remote of a sort. I still have to touch the handle to follow these critters around. I don't see any way around that.

What make/model of tripod are you using?


Not terribly expensive but they have gotten good reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UOMWOK/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687762&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B004XMW4SW&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1P13MH53V50EGM41ZXG9

With a Benro V6 head.

I don't think my problem is the tripod. I think it is the degree of magnification I'm using. I think any tripod would quiver a little in the same circumstances. I'd love it if I didn't have to but I believe to get a professional looking end product both warp stabilizer and rolling shutter filters are going to be a fact of life.

Thanks, guys. It's good to get a consensus on which versioin looks best.

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Re: Adventures in Stabilization.

Postby Gerlinde » Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:11 pm

Paz, I have used this software from Muvee for video stabilization. It works very well for GoPro footage. I don't know if it will work for your purpose but would be worth a try. They have a free trial and the soft ware is very affordable too.
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Re: Adventures in Stabilization.

Postby Peru » Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:34 pm

_Paz_ wrote:Two votes for Adobe's Warp Stabilizer. Thanks! Too bad it takes about 4 times as long.


But at least it works in the background and you can do other edits in while it runs.
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Re: Adventures in Stabilization.

Postby MrGrunthunter » Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:51 pm

I guess I'm going to be the 'odd ball' in that I prefer Mercalli Pro 4. One thing I've had to learn is you have to be careful in what type of camera you select prior to Mercalli processing the video. I have been more than extremely pleased with the quality of support I have received from them also. Just wanted to post my experience with the software.
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