I use After Effects CS5 for Mac (Version 10.0.458) and I am needing to add some stability to a 4 minute clip that is essentially an Evil Dead ripoff where we see the POV of the evil 'force' that is travelling through a wooded area, close to the ground. I shot this on a HV20, mounted on a mono-pod, and basically walked through the woods keeping the shot as steady as possible....still, it's not that steady. I am needing to speed this up by about 15X and without stabilizing it, it looks absolutely horrible, quite un-useable. I know how to use the stabilize function is CS5 but that is only when I have a single point to use as reference to stabilize all other movement. This footage is constantly moving and so I have absolutely not idea how stabilizing this would work. Any ideas? I have attached a quick reference vid to show you what I am working with. Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
> I use After Effects CS5 for Mac (Version 10.0.458)
First, choose Help > Updates and install the bug-fix updates. You are using a version that is two bug-fix updates behind:
I'll leave it to others to recommend how to stabilize footage like yours with After Effects CS5. My recommendation would be to upgrade to a version that includes the Warp Stabilizer:
AE's warp stabilizer, especially the CC version may give you a chance at stabilizing. I'd eliminate the tracking points for the foreground or bottom third of the frame. There's so much perspective shift there that it's just going to foul things up.