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Old footage rocking
10-19-2016, 06:50 PM
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Old footage rocking
So I find the bouncing and rocking of old footage to be rather annoying. Even more so in scenes where there's movement in the background, masking any single piece is practically impossible without it looking jarring. Is there any more effective way of doing these non-still shot masks or is adjusting every frame the only way?
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10-19-2016, 11:37 PM
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RE: Old footage rocking
You could slap an VHS filter overtop old footage to it's masks the jarr-iness of the copypasted flaps. It's not a solid work around, but it works surprisingly well. In premiere there's a couple of presets you can DL that gives a shitty VHS overlay so you won't /ever/ notice slight mouths out of place. I did it with my recent Sonic short... Obviously it's a gimmick, but it IS a work around of sorts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drVOkK1pfSk

Another way would be to simply grab a still frame of the shot of them talking, zoom in slightly yourself and cut out the mouths -- it kills the 'fluidity' of the older raw footage, but works as well.

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10-20-2016, 12:15 PM
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RE: Old footage rocking
You could also take a scene into after effects and do a motion stabilize. The problem is that it only takes care of one scene at a time.

There's a good tutorial on how to use the tool here: http://www.videocopilot.net/basic/#05

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11-05-2016, 03:54 PM
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RE: Old footage rocking
Well I've put it aside for last at the moment, but will definitely try these methods
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01-27-2017, 06:17 PM
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RE: Old footage rocking
Well I finally got to editing the problematic scene where there's lightning moving in the background while a character talks. I didn't really understand how to use the motion stabilizer in AE but I found the "Warp Stabilizer" effect in premiere and after some fiddling it worked fairly well. It does zoom in slightly so I had to stabilize the whole shot. Otherwise it was pretty effective.
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