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Advanced Skills: Stabilization

Lesson 29 from: Final Cut Pro X Bootcamp

Abba Shapiro

Advanced Skills: Stabilization

Lesson 29 from: Final Cut Pro X Bootcamp

Abba Shapiro

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29. Advanced Skills: Stabilization


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Exploring Final Cut Pro X: Navigating the Interface


Exploring Final Cut Pro X: Project Timeline


Exploring Final Cut Pro X: Basic Editing


Refining Your Edit Introduction


Refining Your Edit: Trimming


Refining Your Edit: J and L Cuts


Refining Your Edit: Roll and Overwrite Edits


Lesson Info

Advanced Skills: Stabilization

So now we're ready to look at another solution to a problem you might have. And that's if you need to stabilize the clip. Let's go ahead. Make sure I'm zoomed out. I want to go back. Teoh my browser. So I'm gonna open that up. And I have a project which we've called stabilization. Let's open that up. And conveniently. It is also the ones I shot at the same time, uh, with the bad light. But we know we can fix the light. But I did this hand help. And there are times when you shoot something handheld. But you really want it to look like you're either smoother or even unlock down on a tripod. And it's really easy to do with any clip inside of final Cut Pro. I'm going to select this clip. I'm gonna open up the Inspector Command four was the keyboard. Shortcuts still is for that. And when I go in there, if I'm on the video, part of the inspector at the very bottom is about incest. Stabilize. Gonna click that, and it starts analyzing the shop for dominant motion. And I can keep editing becaus...

e it's working in the background can't can't stabilize it quite yet because it's still thinking. But I can do other editing. That was quick. So if you want to see how to do define controls, click on the show button. Now I have some things that I can adjust, but by default it's automatic. Let's take a look at what it did out of the box. Now, this is what it was before me holding the camera. Not very smooth. So what it does is again, it looks over. All the pixels are moving. It tries to keep them locked into a certain X and Y grid. And what it does is it blows it up a little bit. Because, you know, if you go like this to the camera, you're gonna have some black so that it blows it up the minimum it needs to the maximum needs Teoh. And just so you make sure the edges, you know, if I was like flying up and down and things were in and out of frame, it doesn't work that well. If my images fuzzy, it's not going to get any sharper when it stabilizes it. But if you're in a situation your animal moving vehicle. Your, um, walking with the camera. I did some stuff. I wanted high angle stuff, and I was using us a stick. Great for stabilising there. We ever stabilization, and it does automatic and I can go here. And if I wanted to stabilize it a little bit more, I could just move it over to the right. If it's stabilized it too much, I moved to the left and you'll notice that when I moving that slider to the right, it blew up the image a little bit because if I want it more stable, it's going toe. Have toe blow it up because it's moving more and you'll notice the camera doesn't move much at all at this point. Sometimes if it determines that it can really stabilize it, you will get an option here that the check box that says tripod mode, Let's take a look at the previous shot I'm gonna selected, and when it stabilized, we'll see if it can stabilize the well with tripod mode. Option will be great out, and this is really based upon its analysis of the shot. So it did its best guess to automatic, and it chose inertial and I could slide that. But if I switch over to smooth cam, I actually get some additional sliders. I can control transitional, rotational and scale, not transitional translational. So translational says I'm controlling the stability of the X and Y axis. Okay, rotational is if the cameras turning this way. I want to have less of that. And then scale, is it? For some reason, I've moved forward or backwards. So the nice thing is, it does the best, uh, do it globally. But if you want to get very specific, if you know for a fact that you just want to get rid of this, you could play with these sliders and adjusted. And if it does determine it can stabilize the image completely. You'll actually see an option here when you're under inertial, which will be tripod mode, and it is like it is locked down. And this was hard because of the window and the vertical lines and whatnot. There's also another button that comes into play that's called Rolling Shutter, and what this is for is that a lot of cameras, like go pros and what not if you start moving them to quickly the way. They're actually reading the images. They're reading it in lines, and if you move the camera pan too quickly, you almost get this, like jello effect on any hard vertical lines. So what? Rolling shutter? If you check that what it will attempt to dio it will attempt to compensate for that. And you know it's not magic. If you have, like, you know, it really is. But if it's just a little bit, click rolling shutter and see if it'll solve your problem. That's what it's there for. And that's why. So that's how easy it is to stabilize an image. It will only analyze the beginning to the end of the image. So don't put a huge image in knowing you're gonna crop it later. Okay, if you do change it, if I do make this longer, let me park over here and I make this longer. It will do re analysis, Okay, so it only does what it needs to otherwise, you know, if you did, the whole clip would be crazy if I made this shorter. I'm really curious if it's gonna be able to get the tripod mode. This is called trimming it off the screen we have no trap on. OK, Any questions on stabilization school? Stop. Don't, uh, don't tell your cameraman you have this, then they'll ever use a tripod. I do recommend using a drug going to start with, but if you're given a scene, it can work really, really well and I'm really a big fan of it.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Keyboard Shortcuts
Project Files - Dancer Media - Part 1 of 2 (Large Download 2.13 GB)
Project Files - Dancer Media - Part 2 of 2 (Large Download 1.88 GB)
Project Files - Green Screen

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

Wonderful. This is the first time I've seen any of Abba's classes, and he's a great teacher. I've been watching the live sessions for the past few days and have picked up a ton of great tips that will indeed speed up my workflow in FCPX. He's a great teacher, and does a wonderful job of setting people at ease, ie. where he says things like, 'there's no trick questions', and times where he will click on something wrong, then he'll go back and show his mistake (pointing out his minor mistakes are actually a beneficial lesson). In all, wonderful wonderful wonderful. Thank you!


Fantastic teacher. I enjoyed every video, super worth it. I've been reluctant to jump into FCP X since it got upgraded from FCP. Now I feel confident to work with it again. Seems pretty self explanatory, but I am glad I watched the course. Abba covers pretty much everything you need to know. I also loved his personality, made me want to learn more each day.

Alan Pole

Absolutely brilliant. Abba gets to the point, is clear, organized and articulate, and lays it all out in a manner that quickly brings your confidence level from zero to hero. Highly recommend this to any photographer who wants to blog, build ads, or include video in their offering. I feel like an amazing new world has been provided to me. Thank you!

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