Motion 3 offers true film-quality output, GPU accelerated performance, and an astounding toolset. Learn how to use the steady
cam feature in Motion3.
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Hey guys, this is Eric from www.finalcutstudioschool.com, and I am just here with a quick trip, trick or tip; or whatever you want to call it, sorry for the noise there I was moving the microphone. I got an email from a You Tube body, a long time You Tube body who has been around longer than I have and he has got motion and he is checking out shaking, he has got final cut pro. I am not quite sure how long he has them but he emailed me with a question on how to use the steady cam. And, I asked him if he would prefer it in motion or final cut pro and shaking and he said, “We will start with motions” so it is really simple he picked the easiest one to do, so that is good.
So, I have got some little clip here, I want to bring it in and as you can see, it is just a hundred frames long but it is good enough to keep my point across. When I play it, you can look at the footage. It is a little bit shaky. So now, all I got to do, to smooth this out, I will show you. I want to select my TV and it is about into the name of malarias, it looked to add behavior, motion tracking, and stabilize. Now, if you had this display, you could go up here and hit your hood or you can hit F7, it will display your hood.
Now, I have to go up here and hit the button. This will bring up you hood and also you access these parameters from here to the inspector, and do your image at the same time they are right here. As you can see right here and here. About over here, there are a little more options you can add trackers and stuff if you are having a hard time, if you want to stabilize based on a certain point but I am just here to take you through the basic of stabilization. There is more to it, there is a lot more to it and if you are allow me to go through the other stuff, I can, if this will not quite do it but let us start with the easy stuff and see if this will stabilize your footage and if not we will move on to a few more techniques that we can try.
So, let us just start with the easy stuff. So, I have added this stabilize filter or behavior to my clip and it brings out my hood here, so now, I as you notice I have an analyze button, a method, and a border. I usually set the border to zoom and method, I like to use smooth most of the time. Stabilize will work during some methods better and smooth better when I use tracking points. I like to use the stabilized more than smooth. The smooth has a few more sliders but just for basic, getting it down, learning how to use it just leave everything alone.
Set it to smooth and down here under just, this will stabilize position, scale and rotation. And with this clip, I just need to stabilize the position. I do not need to worry about scale and rotation. Borders, if you leave it to normal that means you have to manually fix your borders and if you put it to zoom, it fixes them automatically. So, zoom works most of the time but sometimes it does not and you have to do it manually.
So, now that I have everything set up, I want to go to and hit analyze. And, this little box will come up with my analyze filter bar, progressing bar streaming away. Okay, there we go. Now, I want you to look close to this little bar around my movie. How motion or any other Apple application steady cam handles this is, it will move your border, your clip around to keep it stable. And as I play this back, you will notice that the clip is very stable but the border is moving around to keep it stable, so have a watch here and let us see what it looks like.
Now, as you can see the border is moving around and jumping around and that is the reason that is keeping the fluid so steady. Now if I go here and turn this off, you can see it is bouncing all over the place but if I turn it on, the bouncing is outside the frame.
Now what if I do, if I go in there and change it to normal, you can get a better idea of what it is doing to keep it steady as you can look around the borders here, how it is adjusting things to keep things steady. Now, it is set on normal, I will have to go over here over to my properties and set the scale up manually like that right there. So, we would not see the black edges. And if I go to stabilize, you can see again how things are working and if I select zoom, it will take care for him but if you noticed, when you use the stabilize you have to zoom it a lot more.
Stabilize is usually for more shaky footage than the smooth filter. So there we go, that is it. That is as easy as it can be. Now, if you need me to get in to set and trackers and stuff we can, I am going to go over four point tracking, I am going over mass moving, I am going to go over all this. I am going over to the other options of steady cam in future tutorials, I just hoped this is enough to get you basically started because I know you are a smart fellow and I am thinking if I can get you started on the right path you can probably figure it out.
So just add your stabilize filter, set your settings, analyze it, and after you have analyzed it once, you can change your settings all your want, it does not matter as you can see I can switch from smooth to stabilize back to smooth, it does not matter, you just got to analyze it once. It is not like rendering. So, I hope this has helped many. If you have any questions just get a hold of me, you know how, I am always here. I hope you have learned something. We will see you next time.