Drone Course

Add effects (stabilisation)

Stabilization is one of the other effects that you should consider using for some of your clips.

You do need to use this one particularly sparingly and carefully as it can have negative consequences on your footage to stabilize.

One of the clips you simply select it and then stabilization is not an effect that you apply from the effects browser but is already built into the interface here give you the information about what’s going on with the video.

And so to apply it all you do is you simply click on it to select stabilize.

Now I’ve cheated a little bit for this demo here is that most of this footage has already been stabilized and all I’m doing is turning it back on.

Normally what happens is it will say analyzing motion and you’ll take a little bit of time to do to finish analysis on the clip for it then applies however it decides it’s best we actually stabilize things.

When you turn it off and then turn it back on it is reapplies a stabilization.

It doesn’t need to analyse the motion anymore so what you saw that happened just there where the red thing appeared across the top as it was doing its work was about four times as quick as it normally actually is.

So stay rosacea is now turned on a quickly turn it off.

And then you notice when you turn it on and turn it off.

If this zoom in slightly and that’s really the way that stabilize works is it zooms into the image very slightly and then it will very gently rotate the image on every single frame.

Depending on what the stabilization is that’s required so you lose some of your pixels as a result of the stabilization but you end up with a more stable image.

It’s for this particular reason that I always recommend that you film and shoot in a higher resolution new outputs actually going to be because if that’s the case when it does zoom in on the image slightly.

You don’t lose any of the fidelity the image it remains just as sharp in this bid for this footage that we’ve got going here.

It was actually shot at 10 80 and were producing at Tennessee as well so the fact it had to zoom in slightly means that we’ve lost some of that sharpness that can’t actually be properly recovered.

So stabilization is off.

Let’s just play this single clip here to get an idea of what it looks like without at least able.

This is actually a fairly stable.

Have already got a slight jerk there and another slight hurt there but not very bad at all.

There certainly could be improved by globalization so it would do that one more time.

Kate watch here.

Slight twitch their.

slight twitch there as well.

Not being perfect on the you’re there.

So unnaturally min improved in flying.

We turn on stabilization.

It’s gone straight on.

Now this clip is stabiliser watch it one more time.

And this is where the jerse happened before largely gone.

He still see a little bit and there that has certainly dampened that whole effect much more so the whole thing flows much much more smoothly.

Now you can play around with the stabilization setting specifically set on automatic and there are two options smooth cam and inertia cam.

I suggest you always leave it on automatic.

It’s pretty much always good to be choosing smooth cam.

Inertia can is for.

If it’s actually a fixed on a tripod the camera image.

And of course it’s not.

We’re on a work with flying around in the air.

It’s far from a tripod and it will be selecting smooth camp for you.

You can then adjust the amount of smoothing that’s actually going on here.

And this is worth playing around with a little bit but I’m going to go and show you a much more rocky image which was not one of the ones we studied editing with but this was flying in much more windy conditions.

You see House unstable this is when we fly along.

You see yawing left and right.

This machine is struggling to stay on course a little there is some windus and huge waves going on down there to see it flicking back a very slight rocking there too.

So if we now stabiliser that image.

You could see with zoomed in slightly.

Again I’ve already run this in the background to speed it up for the demo.

But if we look here there we go.

The centre part of the image staying very still.

It’s generally smoother.

But because it’s having to do more work it’s slightly weird looking depending on where you’d actually be viewing it.

I’ll show you again where you want to do is to watch the outside edges of the image the corners particularly and that will give it away as if it’s been stabilizing.

As they look like they’re warping slightly.

Watch this again.

Paco is sort of walking a little.

It’s really rather peculiar.

That’s not quite right so in this particular case you might want to play around with some of the sliders too to see if you can improve that effect.

So if we take the translation smoothen this is the the slider that helps with your ring we’ll slide that up quite a lot more and see where we get to.

So we’ll put it up.

Round about here instead so that three we’ll leave that this time now to reapply the stabilization.

We’re done.

Let’s have a look at that again.


Now it’s definitely a bit smoother but it’s respread the war a little bit further on down here.

That’s probably more acceptable for the image.

And that’s a good example that shows you that it’s worth playing around with these sliders sometimes.

But obviously the ideal thing to do is to shoot and fly in such a way and in such conditions where you avoid having to use the stabilization.

Increasingly apply stabilization to my footage and then I’ll go over and check the shots a bit like with the sharpening and then I remove it from those that don’t need it and it does require very careful checking because it can throw up some rather strange things at times.

But the main aim here of course is to be careful when you’re flying.

So remember you’re not punching your sticks like a boxer but you’re gliding over the ice like an ice skater when you’re moving your sticks.

That’s the best advice to avoid having to use idolization at all.

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