Stabilize Shaky Footage
after effects has a great built in stabilizer. Here's this video clip, shaky camera that you can find in the project files and I'm just looking at the first five seconds of it and you can see that it has that sort of handheld quality to it. Some people like that. But oftentimes I get a little bit annoyed with it. I'd rather have it to be a little bit more stable and smooth. If you want to stabilize video footage like this, just right, click the layer and choose or stabilizer. Vfx. This is the same type of warp stabilizer that's available in premiere pro So if you know that you'll know how this one works. Once you apply it, it's going to initialize and analyze the video clip that you've added. So the shorter the video clip, the better actually so that it doesn't have to analyze everything. And also you want a clip where the shot is relatively the same. You don't want the camera to be panning around changing the shot within this exact same shot because it's analyzing everything. So it's ...
good if it's in one location and then once it does that it will actually go through each frame and stabilize. And if you don't want it to have to actually stabilize everything. What I definitely recommend is trimming in to your comp work area. So if I cancel this the night reanalyze, you'll see that it's only going to stabilize frames one through 27. So you can see it's kind of shaky right here and then let's see what happens after this stabilizes. You'll see the orange bar stabilizing. Now, if we play this through, look at that smooth buttery, I love it. You get rid of those little hand jitters that you get when you're shooting handheld, you can control the amount of smoothing and stabilizing through this smoothness percentage. It automatically sets the settings to what typically works best with the warp stabilizer. The result is smooth motion and not no motion if you want absolutely no motion. Sometimes it can be done. It depends on the clip like this one is pretty good. See look at no motion at all and what's happening is it's actually sort of warping the image. It's rotating it, it's changing the position, it's scaling it so that there is no motion. Let me just show you what happens when I change the method from subspace warp to position, scale and rotation. And then I changed the framing to stabilize only. So this is actually what's happening. You can see that the frame, your video composition is actually moving around, it's rotating. See look how it's rotating around so what it needs to do or what this effect does is it scales it, it crops it if necessary and so you will be punching in a little bit on the clip, meaning you will zoom in a little bit more. But the result is you get this more stable. Look if the no motion doesn't work for you or even if the smooth motion looks a little bit wonky because sometimes depending on how much camera shake there is, it can look a little bit digital, you can decrease the smoothness and that will make it a little bit less stable but better than having something that looks sort of distorted and then just play around If sub space warp doesn't work for you, try these other ones. Typically this is going to be the best option though to do an even better job, click under the advance and do detailed analysis and we'll go through all the frames with more detail and try to stabilize it even better. But usually without this it does a decent job. But even without this it does a decent job. So that's the stabilizer right within after effects.