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How To STABILIZE SHAKY FOOTAGE (NOT With Warp Stabilizer)

September 24, 2019


– Hey guys. Have you ever had shaky footage, and of course you go to fix it in post, add on Warp Stabilizer,
and it does just that: it warps the crap out of it,
and it just looks terrible. So what can you do to
stabilize your footage when Warp Stabilizer just isn’t working? (inspiring music) All right, because we get into
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we can just learn together. So, one down. Three more to go. One mil here we come. All right, so shaky footage. You didn’t use a gimbal, or a Steadicam, or anything like that, and your footage is a bit shaky, so of course you slap on Warp Stabilizer, and it’s just not working. So what are your options when
Warp Stabilizer doesn’t work? And if you don’t know
what Warp Stabilizer is, it’s basically just Premiere Pro’s plugin that kinda of analyzes the whole scene and tries to stabilize it. And it’s a really good plugin, but it doesn’t always work well, especially with shallow depth of field. If you have a subject in the foreground and the background’s kind of blurred out, it’s just not gonna be
able to do it at all. So you get this crazy,
wonky, weird, wacky, wobbly, just not-so-good-looking footage from it. So what can you do when Warp
Stabilizer doesn’t work? So this way it’s a little
bit more complicated, and it involves After Effects, so a lot of you are
already gonna be scared, but it’s actually not
that bad of a program, and this workflow is really easy once you’ve done it a few times. Now it is a bit of a different look, and this is actually kind
of a camera technique that you can do in post to your footage. So not only does it stabilize it, but it’s also a different technique that you can use in your videos to create this really cool-looking, almost hyper-realistic camera movement. And what it’s doing, it’s
basically tracking onto an object, and the camera is moving
where that object is moving. So in this case, it’s Peter’s face. Wherever Peter’s face goes, that’s where the camera sticks to. I’ve seen Hollywood films, and other people use this just ’cause it’s a really
cool look on its own. Forget the stabilizing,
it’s just a cool look, but it also stabilizes your footage, which is really awesome. To get this going, you’re gonna take your
clip in Premiere Pro, you’re gonna right-click on it, and you’re gonna choose Replace With After Effects Composition. This is gonna take this footage and bring it into After Effects. And don’t worry. Don’t be scared. It’s just After Effects. It’s not gonna bite. It’s fine. So here’s your footage, and what we’re gonna
do is use the Tracker. Now if the Tracker
doesn’t show up for you, you can go into Window and select Tracker. So go to the beginning of
your clip, click on the clip, and then go into the Tracker,
and choose Track Motion. That’s gonna bring up
this little target thing. And we’re gonna choose a contrasty part that’s kind of unique to this footage. So we’re gonna choose Peter’s eye here. And the first, the smaller box, is choosing what you’re tracking, and then the bigger box is where
After Effects is gonna look for that thing that you’re tracking. You don’t wanna make
the second box too big, because then it’s gonna really
slow down your computer. It’s looking through so many pixels. But also don’t make it too small, especially if your object
is moving really fast, you’re gonna have to make
it a little bit bigger. Here Peter’s moving pretty slow
because it’s in slow motion, so we don’t have to
make it that big at all. Then we hit the Play button,
and we just let it track. Then we need to take
that track information and add it to a null object. A null object is basically
just a placeholder for information in After Effects. So right-click, choose
New and Null Object. Then choose the Edit Target, make sure it’s your null
object, and then hit Apply, and that’s gonna put
that track information onto that null object. Then we need to add a new camera, and then we’re gonna parent
the camera to that null object. So anything you do to the null object is gonna affect the camera. So we’re just gonna choose
this little pick whip thing, and we’re gonna drag it
onto the null object. All right, so nothing is happening, and that’s because we
need to do one more thing, and that’s to make the null
object and your footage into a 3D layer in After Effects. So you’re gonna toggle the switches until you can check the
box under the 3D cube, and then you’re good to go. Boom, it’s tracked to Peter’s face. So it’s stabilizing it, and moving the camera exactly
perfectly to Peter’s face. Now some of the frame is being cut off because of the tracking, so we’re just gonna scale up the footage and move it around a little
bit so it fits just right. Easy as that, now your
footage is really stable, and it’s doing this really cool effect. I really actually like this effect. I think I’m gonna start using
it in some of my videos. It’s just something really different. I’ve seen it in some Hollywood
movies and stuff like that. But it’s a really cool effect. I like it. And sometimes it doesn’t
track quite perfectly. There’s kind of little glitches where it just didn’t work properly. So you can just go into the null object, into the position, you can just click P, and then delete those key frames that are causing that glitch, or that just weren’t tracking properly. So this is a really nice way
to stabilize your footage when Warp Stabilizer just isn’t working, especially with these
shallow depth of field shots. And I know After Effects is scary. I’ve been there. But hey, if you wanna learn
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