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Final Cut Pro tutorial, this video will focus on how to use smooth cam.
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Hey guys! In this video, we’re going to briefly go over Smooth Cam. We’re going to use a couple of clips, and this is a clip that I've got from my apple and we can use it for keying the stuff too, later, in tracking also. But we’re going to go over Smooth Cam right here.
So, let’s bring this clip down to our timeline, and when we play it, you can see how shaky it is. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty shaky, you see that big lift at the end of that. So, here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to select our clip. I'm going to effects, video filters, and video smooth cam. When I do this, it’s going to start analyzing in the background. And the calls I’ve got, I pretty fast computer, it’s done. It’s already in the last, and it’s done. But, normally you will get a little analyzed box to come up with the progress bar; this will be outlined in red saying clip is analyzing. And you just wait till it gets done, or continue doing what you want to do until it’s done. So now that we have applied that, you can see how smooth it is now.
Okay, so let’s go to our next one. We don’t have to do any adjustment on that one. I just want you to see how smooth that is now. Smooth Cam isn’t software, its magic. So now, we have this video. You can see how shaky it is. Okay, just select it, go to video filters, smooth cam, and that goes my smooth cam on it. And now, let’s double click our clip, and go into our filters, and, now I wanted to show you. Here are the settings. Now, I want to play this back for you after I render it. And then I can show you what happens to this. Now with an SD clip, this is what’s going to happen. In HD, you’re going to probably okay both on SD clip. You’re going to get this edges if you see right here. Okay, so now, when I play this you can see I get this black edges going up and down. We are trying to keep the picture in the middle so it’s, if the cam or if the video moves left by three pixels, smooth cam will compensate by moving the picture right by three pixels.
So now, we have these black bars I'm talking about on how we get rid of them. Well, go into your settings, set up your auto scale to one, and that should take care of it. But, if not there are some ways to do it manually. So let me go back and render this process after setting the auto scale to one, which turns it on.
Okay, now let’s play this with our auto scale on. You can see how smooth it is now. No black bars around the top or bottom. Okay, but let’s just assume the auto scale is not there, and we have these black bars. How we take care of it? Okay?
Go to your motion tab. I'm going to clip up my crop and I'm going to crop those black bars out. So I'm going to take my top watch and I’m going to crop it down. As you can see, I’ve cropped it down. I'm going to crop the bottom up to get rid of the lines at the bottom. I'm going to crop it on the right a little, and I'm going to crop it on the left a little. And that’s so maybe follow the edge a little bit.
Okay, now we have these pictures here with our edges crop. Now, I'm going to scale it up until my black edges are gone. Scale it, and then scale it. And now, we go.
Now, when I go and render this, almost done. Okay, now when I play it, you can see it smooth as a baby’s butt.
So, there’s several ways to adjust the Smooth Cam. If for instance, you apply this Smooth Cam, sometimes it works great you don’t have to make any other adjustments. But if you do, turn your auto scale to one. Okay? And that doesn’t fix it or just don’t give you the look at one you can turn your auto scale off and you can crop it and scale it to get rid of the black lines. The translation smooth of just how smooth it goes left and right, up and down, rotation is how smooth. The rotation of the camera is and scales smooth is how smooth it scales the camera if you’re using auto scale but we just cropped it.
So, there are about 3 methods to use your smooth cam. You can use the auto scale, see if that fixes it. Sometimes you don’t have to do anything, you just apply the clip, and other times, you’re going to go in, and crop it, and scale it manually. So there are the 3 methods of doing smooth cam. And as you can see, it gives us just and a render. It gives us just magical results. And I'm here to say that the smooth cam in Final Cut Pro is as productive as the smooth cam in shake. The only difference is the smooth cam in shake allows you more options and allows you to mask off certain things in your image for the smooth cam node to ignore. But other than that, as far as final results go, Final Cut Pro smooth cam is pretty dang impressive.
So here’s our smooth out cam picture once again. You can see it smooth as it can be. Now load the original one up. You can see how shaky and jittery that is. Okay, but what this one over here, it’s smooth as the baby’s butt. Same way with this clip right here. Shake it as it can be, but this clip after smooth cam mode, it’s as smooth as a baby’s butt.
So there you go guys, as a brief overview of the smooth cam node. Hope you’ve learned something, see you next time.