Forgot to mention that I have also tried: Position,Scale,Rotation Perspective and Subspace warp.
These all produce worse results with this sequence.
I think I would try using a Tracking Effect in After Effects instead of a Waarp Stabilise..
Unfortunately I only have Prem Pro so have to somehow find a solution or work-round
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Bear in mind that the Warp Stabilizer, as well as any other stabilising tool, is not a magic wand. Sometimes it just gets crazy on a shot that looks 'easy'. From that point you need to perform some compositing trick to get the job done (see this Chris Meyer tutorial on Warp Stabilizer for AE to understand what I mean). And which particular trick may help highly depends on the shot...
A timelapse may be quite difficult to stabilise for almost any stabilising tool because of dramatic changes in pixels value from frame to frame compared to normal shot.
So the range of your following steps may vary from trying some other stabilising tools to dancing tribal around your footage to help Warp Stabilizer recognise the main object in the scene...
Are you stabilising a sequrential stills sequence?
Try making an intermediate then stabilise that.
I am not sure whether it is at all possible to stabilize a partial image at all. The stabilizes I have made have included zoom in on the clips, and that would probably not look good on apartial image.
I might be mistaken though...
Yes, it's a sequence of 150 stills.
I'll try your suggestion of an intermediate.
You might want to download a free trial of After Effects, or Photoshop.
The truth is that Warp Stabilizer really wasn't intended for that. But it seems like you could manipulate the stills before you import them in order to eliminate any problems. Give it a try. It's free.
Thank you to everyone who replied and took the time to offer suggestions.
I appreciate that the warp stabiliser is not a magic wand (that's a photoshop tool ;-)
I've looked at the Chris Meyer (thanks fuzzy-Barsik) - and every other tutorial that I can find.
I tried making an intermediate and stabilising that but it still had the up and down jolts.
I tried everything to get the clip as I needed, realising that my sequence of panned timelapse stills represents a massive challenge as everything is moving between every frame.
The stabiliser got everything perfect on a lateral basis so the boat moves smoothly across the frame - I was surprised how well it did this.
Unfortunately it gives a couple of jolts up and down half way through - but I think the clip is still sort of useable - maybe wishful thinking on my part.
Steven - yes, I had thought of Photoshop to manipulate the frames as I am a stills photographer and know my way round PS. I'll give it a go.
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You probably already thought of this, but on the off chance that you have never used the video timeline in Photoshop (Extended), you can use it to help make sure you are getting your adjustments done correctly. If you were already planning to do that, then perhaps this will help someone else. A lot of people forget about the video timeline.
Also, it occurs to me that you could make each shot a layer, mess with the opacity and manipulate each layer as you move through each still, setting the visibility and opacity of each as you go along. Make sure the first frame is on the first layer and not the last. When you are finished, make all the layers visible and set at 100% opacity. Then just import the PSD file into Premiere Pro (as separate layers when the dialog box pops up). Dig into the folder in the Project panel, select all of the layers, right click, select New Sequence From Clip. That should lay it out there for you.
Please remember to set the preferences for Still Image Default Duration to 1 frame before you import the PSD as a sequence. It is too late to do it after you import.