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A friend of mine sent me this video, of a shaky footage. He’s trying to track something to one of these buildings, so he said he’s having a hard time, so we’re going to see what’s going on here.
So the first thing I’m going to do is try to find a good tracking point, and there are several of them, so I'm going to add behavior, motion tracking, analyze motion. That will bring up a little cross here. I'm going to up here and put on this little—let’s see if I can find it here, this is little white strip here.
And if you want to hold the option key to see if you can find a better spot, you can do that. It’s really up to you. So now, I’ve got that set. Let’s go over and analyze our tracking. And so let it go through. This is what I assumed what he’s trying to do. We’ll let it finish out here, tracking. Pretty shaking footage isn’t it?
So, we’re going to attach—I don’t know some of cheap generic little flame to this just to see. Okay, now we have that. Let’s go back to our beginning. Let’s go to our library and let’s bring in some a little bit fire here, and drop it right there. You open this up. You know we have our fire, but it’s not sticking. So let’s go back to the beginning. Let’s select our fire. Let’s go to add behavior, motion tracking, match move. We’ll go our inspector under our match move behavior. And one of the source, I'm going to set it to the analyze motion like so, and so let’s just play it. And I can see where you are having problems now. If you look real close, there’s nothing most accurate track okay?
So, I'm going to give you a little tip to do. So, let’s get rid of our fire, and let’s get rid of our analyze motion, and go back to where we were in the beginning.
The first thing I'm going to do before I track anything, we’ll go to measure motion tracking stabilize. I'm going to stabilize this thing. I'm going to make it smooth. See if that help. I believe it will be a little bit. We’ll have the borders zoom, and we can adjust to shape, skill and the rotation too, if you want. Let’s analyze this out, go back to the beginning, analyze. Let’s just move this cam go through and do it work. If you’re having a tough time tracking something, you know you can temporarily boost the saturation to make something stand out. You can temporarily adjust a contrast to make certain things to stand out, and adjust it back to normal after your track, or you can do something like this which is used to stabilize. Of course we’ll go into shaken to all this probably maybe a little better, a little faster, but this is what he’s using, so we’re going to use what he’s using.
We are almost done. We’re on frame 85 of a 120, almost okay. Now, it looks like our smooth cam, our smooth cam is not smooth cam like in Final Cut Pro shake, it’s stabilized like the stabilize note in shake. So now, when I play this, we have a smooth footage.
Now, what we’re going to do is after we’ve smooth it, we’re going to go back and select our clip, add behavior, motion tracking, analyze motion, let’s go up here, and let’s select the good spot to do this, and we will analyze. Now here it is going, analyzing the smooth footage. As you can see, it’s going a lot quicker that the stabilized was.
So now we have our analyze motion behavior after we’ve apply our smooth cam. So now, let’s go to our library, and let’s bring in our fire, and we’re going to put it right over the top of our building here, like so, go back to beginning. Let’s put it right over our building.
Now, to this fire particle, add behavior, motion tracking, match move. Let’s go to our inspector for our match move properties, and under our source, let’s do the analyze motion. Now, let’s play this through.
Now, as you can see, we have a much, much better track. As you can see, look at that. It’s thick and rote there like it stocked there with glue, whereas the last time, when we try to apply motion tracking before the stabilization, it wasn’t quite as nice, wasn’t it? So this is a good tip for trying to track in shaky footage. Stabilize it first, and you get a much better result. As you can see, it sticking right there, pretty dug on good okay.
So I hope this; little quick tip has taught you guys something. I hope would help and thanks for watching. We’ll see you next time.