Proper Use of Video Stabilizer

IntrepBerkExplorer wrote on 5/10/2016, 5:51 PM
I am attempting to use Vegas Movie Studio HD 11.0 to stabilize video shot 25 years ago. The 1990 Sony Hi-8 camcorder I had then lacked a video stabilizer, and when converted to Digital 8, produced video that bounced, even with the camcorder sitting on solid ground.

So far with Vegas Movie Studio HD 11.0, the commands under "Tools", "Video",
"Stabilize Media", appear to be what I need.

However, trying two different choices presented by "Stabilize Media" resulted in the video being greatly magnified, and thus totally useless.

Perhaps there is a Video Stabilizer to reduce the shaky picture somewhere in Movie Studio 11.0. But I either cannot find it, or if in the right place, cannot use "Stabilize Media" while avoiding the magnification effect.

Could someone please help me.



musicvid10 wrote on 5/10/2016, 7:01 PM
That's what stabilizing does -- enlarges the image so it can be anchored in the frame.
Sounds like your old video is losing sync, need to address that capture problem before working with what's there.
Eagle Six wrote on 5/10/2016, 7:47 PM
Hi Dave,

I have SMS12 Platinum, but the Sony Stabilize FX is probably the same. There are 3 presets, Light, Medium, and Heavy. I haven't found that FX to work very well on the any of the presets because as you mention, it tends to crop to much of the video.

I have used it successfully a few times with the setting at about .10 - .15. So, if you are setting it above .20 you may want to try a lower setting.

Also, mine has a check box for rolling shutter, which you shouldn't need.

For most of my stabilizing I use ProDad Mercalli 4 which I think does a better job, but a bit pricey.

I Hope this helps.....

Best Regards.....George

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John222 wrote on 5/10/2016, 11:09 PM
You can use VirtualDub with deshaker to stabilize without cropping. I believe Black magic Fusion will also do the job. Both are free.

musicvid10 wrote on 5/11/2016, 10:52 AM
Let's take care not put the cart before the horse in our desire to help the OP:"
That;is a tracking/sync loss during capture, not camera motion alone.

That is something that logically needs to be addressed first by recapturing, probably with Time Base Correction.
Once that has been addressed, one of various means of stabilization can be used to a better purpose for mitigating camera motion.