Stabilize Motion


Between sliders and stabilizing products like glidecams, BMX videographers have been going to great lengths to get smooth, steady motion out of their cameras.

But earlier this year Adobe included a new feature in After Effects CS 5.5 called Warp Stabilizer that is pretty startling. Post-production stabilizing technology has been around for a while now, but the improvements made this year seem to be pretty drastic, and there are a few companies fighting this one out. Here are a couple comparisons¬†between AE’s stabilization feature and FC’s Smoothcam for instance. One.¬†Two.

Naturally there is no real substitute for a true steadicam or dolly setup, but this new feature shows potential to be an accessible alternative that BMX filmmakers could make use of. Check out an example video of the stabilization feature above, and hit the jump for a video posted last year that looks to show some of the initial research that went into the technology.

Have any BMX filmmakers out there used this feature on their videos yet? Let us know in the comments!

6 responses to “Stabilize Motion”

  1. it’s not worth the upgrade just yet. tons of bugs in cs5.5 plus virtually no studios are using it yet. i’ve tested out the tracking. works great but the quality varies shot to shot. like you mentioned nothing beats the real thing plus the hand held look is so in right now haha

  2. darryl says:

    ^literally the most level headed comment I’ve ever read. There’s hope.

  3. Itty says:

    I’ve seen that final cut x does this as well, but that was someone who was walking. Interested to see how it handles rolling shots from skateboards, bikes, cars etc.

  4. Tyler Deschaine says:

    I’ve used FCP’s Smoothcam for some Macro pan shots that naturally have some camera shake, and it seemed to work well. I wouldn’t say it eliminated the shake, but it helped noticeably. I can’t speak for AE. Seems to have worked better! Im definitely excited to give it a try!

  5. Tyler Deschaine says:

    I’ve used FCP’s Smoothcam for some Macro pan shots that naturally have some camera shake, and it seemed to work well. I wouldn’t say it eliminated the shake, but it helped noticeably. I can’t speak for AE. Seems to have worked better! Im definitely excited to give it a try!

  6. Anonymous says:

    looks promising, though I’d like to see the difference between this and the ae 5 stabilize motion tool. As with any software stabilization though, it’s got its limitations so you’ll either have to plan ahead and/or use it only on shots where it can work its magic.

    Having said all that, I’d prefer to use a stabilization tool in FCP so I don’t have to round-trip–I’m lazy like that.