Using Stabilization in Avid Symphony Nitris

Using Avid Symphony will help to stabilize a film sequence, and it can be further steadied through the use of the Steady Glide feature in the tool. This is a way to lessen any shakiness of the video or any unsteadiness noticed in the filming.

The steps to apply the stabilize effect and then further use the SteadyGlide option is very easily followed. Using these two in tandem will allow for lesser resizing and repositioning of the frames that you are working with.

Step 1. Apply the Stabilize Effect

Open the film sequence to be used and stabilized. On your tools, choose Image, and click on the stabilize option. Drag this option to the timeline.

Step 2. Track the Image

Use the motion tracking feature to track the path of the object that needs to be stabilized. Go to the effects editor and click on the button for one tracker. Position the tracker on the pixels you want to track and then click on the Start Tracking button.

Remember that the pixels to be used should have a high contrast to others and that it is within the boxes surrounding your tracking tool.

Step 3. Review the Film Sequence

Play the sequence and see how the image is stabilized through the tracking data. This is made possible because Stabilize repositions each frame to occupy the same area that the first frame occupied making for a steadier shot.

The stabilize effect however will at times result to black edges lining the frame. When this happens, extensive resizing and repositioning will have to be done to clean up the frame.

Step 4. Resize and Reposition

The Stabilize effect will at times result to black edges lining the frame. When this happens, extensive resizing and repositioning will need to be done in order to clean up the frame. To do this, simply move the slider directly below your frame and adjust it to remove the black edges.

Step 5. Apply SteadyGlide

The SteadyGlide option removes any shaky movement of the camera and keeps any underlying zoom that might be present. To apply it, go to the tracking window and right underneath the Track Foreground button you will find the button marked SteadyGlide.

Step 6. Replay the Film Sequence

Play the film sequence and do the minor adjusting and resizing described in Step 4. If you are not satisfied with the results you can also go back to the SteadyGlide option to edit its values.

Extra Tips

  • When you apply the SteadyGlide option, the tracking data that was captured when the motion tracking was done will be saved and is not going to be changed. This makes it easier for you to experiment and play around with SteadyGlide without harming the tracking data. Remember you have to toggle the button on if you want to use the option and be able to change its values.
  • Utilizing the Stabilize effect definitely helps in removing the shakiness or unevenness of the frame or film sequence, but it will lessen the image quality if you need to continually resize and reposition the image. But with the SteadyGlide option, the image quality can be impacted in the least possible way.
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