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The larger the search area the slower the tracker will run. Make sure you're not tracking more than you need to track. In most cases you'll get a better and a much easier to work with track if you use Mocha. It comes with AE and there are a bunch of tutorials out there on how to use it.
Mocha is a planer tracker, AE's tracker is a point tracker. Both have their advantages, but there's nothing that I have found that will track or stabilize with AE's tracker that can't be tracked more accurately in Mocha.
Thanks, I did see a similar suggestion elsewhere but was admittedly resistant to start learning yet another program... The planer-pointer distinction is good to know; when I did Apply the stabilization I ended up with this crazy jittery effect - which was pretty cool, if that were what I was going for. I figured as much about the search and feature fields, but when I put them smaller the tracking seemed to go even more off track. What about the Warp Stabilization, though? I've seen a lot of people mentioning that as a better camera shake fixer.
It depends on the shot. Here's a suggestion: put the shot up on YouTube or Vimeo and let us take a look.