64. Stabilize Shaky Footage
• Learn advanced techniques for stabilizing footage in AE
• Composite realistic smoke behind vehicle with paticular
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Tutorial Notes:
In this 2-part tutorial you will learn a great technique to stabilize shaky footage and we'll cover compositing smoke behind this moving vehicle with Particular. Thanks to Mark Christiansen for his great technique for this tutorial. Check out his book 'Adobe After Effects: Studio Techniques'.
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370 Responses to "Stabilize Shaky Footage"
Nick
09/05/2013
Hi !
Does anybody knows the difference between this smooth technique and the Reverse Motion Tracking used in tut 43 Demon Face Wrap. Doesn´t the Reverse Motion Tracking technique works better, cause you don't have to crop or tile the footage at the end ?
Owen Walters
09/24/2014
Reverse tracking does not stabilize footage. Therefore while it does not require cropping it also doesn't do anything to the original footage. It just gives extra data.
J2U
03/12/2013
dentist then snake biting you in the face, wow that escalated quickly
sudip mahanta
03/04/2013
it nice but i want to know abut null object. please give me some tips abut null object.
Chris
08/27/2013
Hi there, A null object is a placeholder for any information. It can be used for more than just stabilising but the 'Tracker' needs somewhere to store the information to. Plus, with a null object, you can parent objects to it so you can use the track option of the 'tracker' instead of the stabilise option,
Hope this helps.
Paramore
09/18/2012
nice tut. awesome Andrew!
sajidmadamveettil
07/30/2012
good
Pete
06/21/2012
Nice Work
ilovegrafix
06/09/2012
did you guys film this? this looks JUST like a museum by my house in hemet!
nehemiah
04/26/2012
u are a fricking genius
Agnes
04/17/2012
Just amazing! This is really great thanks for sharing it!!!
Chaz
03/22/2012
Does 'Stabilize' have to be enabled before analyzing, or can you change it afterward?
ThePianistop66
08/16/2012
Yes, because if you choose another option like track motion, after effects will analyse to track the motion instead of stabilizing (trust me, I've tried it :) )
jt
01/10/2012
u r the man!!!
Jonathan Sefah Tamakloe
07/19/2011
pls which type after effect do you use
brianimanuel
08/16/2011
In this tutorial he's using Adobe after effects 7.0 i believe
david
07/04/2011
Great... thanks!!
Marcus
06/29/2011
hey Andrew, whenever i start stabilizing, its stabilize but the end it says "Timed out obtaining dynamiclink esrve conection " can you please help me to solve this problem ??? Thank you
ThePianistop66
08/16/2012
This seems to be a problem in after effects. You should go to adobe forums and ask this question to them
Iain
06/21/2011
Hi Andrew / Josh,

Have you any tips on stabalizing a shot with a big focus pull. i.e. DOP blurs out any points you may want to use for tracking. There are still points for tracking but these blur out half way through the shot when the focus pull happens. Was filmed on handheld DSLR so pretty shaky, but shot has come out nice otherwise.
Vladimir PĂ©rez
06/02/2011
Incredible ANDREW! Thank's for share your tips!
Warren
05/17/2011
I want to let you know that you rock Andrew. You make this incredibly intimidating video editing program as easy as cake. Thanks for all of your help! Its making my AP world video SERIOUSLY badass.
fredotron
05/10/2011
Could you make one to stabilize a pan shot
Wiky
04/29/2011
You say that you copy the Anchor point from the video to the null object but how XD?
ThePianistop66
08/16/2012
Click on it, Ctrl+c, Ctrl+v
Julian Craane
04/13/2011
I wish I had on/off headlights on my car.
Addepat
03/19/2011
Great tutorial again!
tj varghese
03/16/2011
hey i have the after effects cs version , i dont have that trapcode- particular on my effects wat to do
Josh
04/07/2011
you will most likely have to download particular !
eldiine
03/13/2011
Very helpful tutorials thank you. (From Egypt)
tushar
02/18/2011
u r grate
Mawazi Alemo
02/10/2011
U guys have changed my life for ever,..i have gained so much skills with your tutorials
EricB
02/06/2011
To that I say do not call me Andrew, call me sir. Lol your a commedian! Nice tuts SIR!
Mike
01/09/2011
Hey man! I just love your tutorials. The have been a great inspiration 4 me an I´ve learned so much. Keep it up and I hope to see more EXCELLENT tutorials in the future. Also, I happened to see a glimse of your studio in a tutorial. Please show us some more.
Have a great 2011.
Shady
12/14/2010
Thx 4 the tutorials like'em (Algeria)
mohammed
12/01/2010
Hey This Is Very Nice Tutorial.

thank you for make this tutorial:D
Mitchell B
10/10/2010
Great tutorial, but there is a much simpler way to do this, as explained in this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq59Ua8THws . The steps are mostly the same, except insead of copying the anchor point data to a null, the data is copied to the position of the same footage, thus cancelling it out. Then using the smoother on the position data, the video is smoothed out.

This method has no null object, no camera, no 3d, and no expressions, and is much simpler.

But don't get me wrong... video copilot is still the best place to learn after effects!
Josh Kramer
06/14/2011
Aye, it's easier, but it isn't if you implement more footage in the same shot. Like this one with the smoke. Now you can just connect the smoke footage to the null object and you got the same camera movement.
rajeewa
09/18/2010
amazing stuff............... U R Great
da5id
07/19/2010
Wow, awesome tutorial, but also kind of disheartening too for someone like me who has never really used After Effects but is interested. I have used Photoshop since about version 4.0 so I understand masking etc, but all that linking in stuff really does my head in! :)

I appreciate the humour you bring to your videos as well.
buster
07/17/2010
Great tutorial!thanks
BTW did u go to jail that day;)
Simon
06/06/2010
thanks Andrew,
you 're King!
s.
bruce
05/10/2010
also forgot to add, do you know how to stabilise extremely jerky footage? like a camera out of the window of a car? it sends my footage off the screen :s ta
Bruce Edgar
05/10/2010
You know what, I go to a uni in london called ravensbourne doin editing and post, everyone here uses your tutorials, it's the best out there, and gives you some real skills from scratch. and free which a real selling point ;) thanks a bunch for all the hard work it is mucho apprechiated :)
gr3kplay1
05/05/2010
Thx for all your tutorials Andrew!
amul
04/22/2010
Really fantastic tutorial.. fast to the point and NO FLUFF. Really like your tone and speed.

I've been using AE off and on since cosa days... this is really good stuff!!
Paolo
03/18/2010
A snake bit you in the face at the zoo?!
Thats terrible, why (and how) did it do that, arent they normally in glass cases?
Hope you stamped on its back (if snakes have backs).
Thanks for the tutorial.
Thomas
02/18/2010
You are great, Andrew(w/VC)!
Nolki
02/17/2010
U R Goood
goran
02/15/2010
I prefer call you andrew, ok, i will call you "sir" But i don't like that, ok?
abderrahman
02/03/2010
Thank you
Morten
01/13/2010
Are there any alternatives to Trapcode's (expensive) Particular?
Thank you for great tutorials which cuts to the bone (unlike most others) and great humor! :)
wilson
12/21/2009
Hey andrew,
You are the wonderful trainer.

Thank you
-Wilson
steevbenjamin
11/06/2009
Awesome...........andrewz.........
mango
10/16/2009
Thanks Andrew.
Geldrith
10/11/2009
First class.
Prabha Gharat
08/19/2009
A really well presented site for a begginer....Thanks for updating new tutorials....
john.B
08/07/2009
You are the best, love your tutorials they are very helpful. Regards (Romania)
gen4ik-2201
08/07/2009
Your tutorials are awesome!!!
You are good man!!!
Your friend from Ukraine Gena...
Fan
08/07/2009
Very good Mr. Andrew...
All your works are awesome!!!
You are good man, Thank you!!!
Dawid
07/30/2009
Andre you`re crazy! Awesome work!
Greetings from Germany.
DarkEntity
07/20/2009
You're the best Sir,Prof Kramer.amazing ...Thanks a lot!!
kenny
06/12/2009
I laughed so hard when you said "we went to the zoo... and a snake bit me in the face".
DHANANJAY RAO.E
05/28/2009
HI I LIKE IT VERY MUCH.



THANK YOU



DJ FOR U.......
ahmde
05/28/2009
Good night

How you are, I hope everyone is okay
I'm Ahmed from Saudi Arab Saudi Arab
I wish everyone success for the site

Thank you for these valuable lessons and useful

Ahmed, your friend ^ _ ^
fitto
05/03/2009
great as usualy you are the best
zdmyiyi22
03/21/2009
Having problems downloading the 64. Stabilize Shaky Footage.Can you help me?
clenildo vale
03/13/2009
vcs são demais.profissionais
Jorge Nogueira
03/09/2009
Nice work!... u'r great.
LUFREDDY77
02/20/2009
u saved so many lives with this tutos man...

thanx
aaron joshua
02/15/2009
i like your tutorial about that car ...
great..

by the way


I'd like to learn more about after effect ,
can you email me at madgarcia13@yahoo.com were i can watch more after effect tutorials
melle
01/21/2009
Hey JC. Trapcode Particular are not two different plug-ins. The plug-in Particular is by Trapcode. Unfortenently you have to pay for those plug-ins. But when you think it worth for you buying it heres the website: http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/products/all/trapcode-particular/ Well actually this plug-in is one of the most expensive plug-ins(299 Dollars)
JC
01/20/2009
Hi Andrew I'm new to after effect and I bought 10 1 DVD after effect from you, but I have some trouble with the police car tutorial #64 I can't find the trapcode and particular effect in my program. I'm using CS3 too it's seen like you got alot more AE on your program when you make the tutorial. All the DVD I bougt from videocopilot.net dosen't had any of those
plug-in. Can you or any one let me know where can I find the trapcode thank you.
X-POWER
01/13/2009
Thanks for this tutorial it will help me in my work.
ilir
01/08/2009
great job thank's,ilir from kosova
3dman
01/01/2009
man you are the best, and your tutorials are helping the designers all around the world please keep going we are enjoing all the times we have with you.
Janus
12/31/2008
happy new year andrew ... great friend ...
I wish the best for you in this coming year ... and keep learning together .!!!! agradesco tutorials you for your colleague.

God.

from Chile ... Janus.
jhavecorta@hotmail.com =)
julian
12/17/2008
ANOTHER GREAT TUTURIAL!
Brian
11/14/2008
is anyone even in the car haha?
pawan
11/07/2008
Andrew Sir......
You are Grrrrrrrreeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaattttt........
Bob
10/10/2008
Sir Andrew..can i birth your children please?
Phil V
09/03/2008
So much to learn from this guy. But Andrew you are GOOD!!!
hi
09/01/2008
Hey, "Sir" LOL ANDREW
Zombie
08/15/2008
Nice tutorial andrew
Thanks andrew
But there is a one thing i ask about it?
did you can to make a Motion track for the Mask,
I mean can you make the mask scaling by the motion tracker ,because i want to take face for some actor and add it to anoyher video and the video time about 30 min that meaning too much frames if i want to move it with another video each 5 fames i must change the scaling for the mask ,Please andrew help me to solve this probleam..... great regards to you
hafid
08/12/2008
hello Mr andr you are fine ; thank you for all imagination that you have about creation the tutorials after effects and all programmes :i'm very importante to visite evrey day your site web because my specialité is cinéma visual effects in ouarzazte -maroc so just i want to communicate with you about all things ...if you want to visit ouarzazate city just call me and i'm near of you ..thank you about all things that you realise in your live imagination ......thank's
Bilal Abdallat
08/06/2008
That`s awesome
I looking forward....
Devin Williams
07/30/2008
hey Andrew, I must admit, you are a beast when it comes to these tutorials. You have motivated me to get into all this. But anywho, i wanted to know how to get particular. I dont see it in any of my effects or presets
c.Ravi Teja
07/28/2008
Your videocopilot was just amazing I always watch it
miooodeeek
07/27/2008
yeah, really great !
iMan
07/25/2008
The trick for putting smokes behinde the driver is very nice.
alucine
07/06/2008
the smoke element saved my life!

ou yeah.
Polish
06/21/2008
You are great !!!!
nacho
06/19/2008
hola soy mexicano y ustedes?>-(
xihachong
06/18/2008
I come from china
Thanks
hehe
ananda
06/14/2008
love it
Redsandro
06/02/2008
Hi Andrew,

Am I missing the point of the extra layers? I'd just put the smooth command right in the tracked footage with the Anchor Point keyframes. Seems to do the job just as good.
smaiel
05/31/2008
realy great tutorial.. all ur training are most intresstin.. Thknks to share it..
smaiel From Morocco
Ameurus
05/29/2008
great job thank's
abd_ren_ren
05/28/2008
hey man you're great!!what can i say!!!
fire69
05/26/2008
I'd like to work in this world of video montage! Great great videocopilot.
Will T.
05/24/2008
Don't kiss snakes.

They bite.
Gustav
05/21/2008
Nice tutorial!
But how the .. could that snake bite your face?
shani
05/20/2008
u r too good sir................
paul
05/20/2008
I have learned so much using these turorials--
its an amazing resource!
marcelo
05/19/2008
Hi Andrew, its a great tutorial. Its really awesome have abailale that info to make our own proyects like prefessinals. Your work man let us possible make some diference. Thanks allot.

Hola Andrew, es un gran tutorial. Es realmente impresionante tener disponible toda esa información para hacer nuestros propios proyectos como profesionales. Tu trabajo, amigo, nos hace possible hacer algunas diferencias. Muchas gracias.
christian
05/17/2008
amazing
ray
05/16/2008
sweet tutorials

i had one question

how do we get movie like effect for example the video i shot with my friends looks realistic how do u get a movie like effect ,is it because those guys use hd cams to create a movie ?
Joe Mar
05/15/2008
Simply the best.. from italy
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