Stabilizing Footage

It’s no secret that After Effect can stabilize footage based on a single point for position and another for rotation with the “stabilize motion” feature. If you have a somewhat static shot and need to “lock” it off, this method can be helpful for holding this shot in place. However, what about if your footage has a dolly movement or the camera man is walking around? How can you stabilize footage that doesn’t stay in one place?

Well there is a way. Using some of the powerful techniques (with permission) from Mark Christianson and his expert book on After Effects, I plan on showing you a few ways to “smooth” out footage but without changing the shape or movement of the shot. Imagine being able to simply remove fast bumps or jerks in a shot without affecting the natural feel of the cinematography.

I plan to demonstrate several examples and solution but I’m curious if people have come across this subject while working in After Effects…

We’re not blowing up buses or traveling through time with this tutorial but I can tell you this technique by Marc just impresses me thoroughly and I look forward to presenting it.

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