I'm working with the new Warp Stabilizer VFX for the first time (worked with Warp Stabilizer in CS5/6 quite a bit) and I'm having some issues with three different clips.
When I first saw how easy it was to work with the track points, I was very excited and assumed this would be a quick job, however that was not the case. I'm not sure if I just have a simple setting wrong or if I'm going about this in the wrong way.
Anywho, I'm working with 1080p29.97 footage that I personally did not shoot. The first two clips (pictures following) involve about 20 minutes of footage a piece which I sped up several thousand % in Premiere CC to show some "timelapse." They where obviously shot on tripods, but they weren't secured enough and what I'm assuming was wind shake is quite noticeable with the aforementioned speedup. So I turned to Warp Stabilizer VFX for help but am still having some trouble:
Here's a screenshot of the first clip. I did my best to show all my settings and track points:
For this one I set the method to Subspace Warp just for the sake of trying something different from the next clip I'm going to mention, on which I applied Position, Scale, & Rotation.
I then set the Framing to Stabilize, Crop, & Auto-Scale assuming that the more options I give it to stabilize, the better. I may be thinking about this completely wrong though it seems to make sense in a common sense sort of way. For the track points, many frames had them applied to the moving clouds which I deleted. Assuming that using a moving object to stabilize an entire scene would be counter-intuitive, I went through frame-by-frame and deleted all track points from anywhere above the mountains. I want the mountains to be perfectly still (being the only stationary objects in the scene) so I thought leaving track points on them would help smooth things out, but this was not the case. The clip itself still jitters quite a bit.
Here's my second clip. I divided it in half to try separate options within the same clip:
This is the same kind of shot as the one prior, so I tweaked the settings a bit assuming they would be interchangeable between the shots just for the sake of experimentation.
This time I set the method to Position and used Stabilize, Crop, & Auto-Scale for the Framing. Once again, I'm assuming this is the right choice because it maximizes AE's options for the stabilization. The same as before, I went through frame-by-frame and deleted all the track points that were automatically applied to the Moon because I want the mountains to be still as the Moon moves smoothly through the frame. I had almost the exact same results as the prior clip with the shakiness of it.
Here's the second half of the Moon clip:
The only setting I changed on this half of the clip is the Method, which I set to Position, Scale & Rotation which I assumed would further help AE find the right method to stabilize the clip. I set the result for both of these to No Motion, and now I'm wondering if Smooth Motion would be better, though I want the mountains to be completely still.
This next clip is a doozy:
The grass in the foreground moves A LOT in the wind. I swear I went through and deleted all the track points from the grass and left only the ones on the mountains in the background in one of my attempts to further stabilize the clip, however it looks like that didn't get saved. I remember seeing that it really made no difference so I didn't bother going through and trying it again for the sake of the screenshot. My settings are otherwise identical to the last clip and my results are the same. Jittery, oddly warped, and in no way smooth.
Essentially I just need some clearing up of the aforementioned terminology. I originally thought I was going about these settings in a sensible way, however maybe I'm just framing their purposes incorrectly. Or maybe I just missed a simple setting that will clear everything up. I'm hoping I included all necessary relevant information but if more is needed I will gladly supply it. I just want to get to the bottom of what I thought would be a simple process.
Thanks a lot for your time,