My first test with the new Adobe CS5.5 Warp Stabilizer

hey folks.

this blog is not an indepth tutorial but it will show you a first attempt using the new warp stabilizer that comes out with the new version of after effects CS5.5. i also show you that the warp stabilizer will save you so much of your time. in the video below you see a stop motion / timelapse sequence we¬īve shot in winter last year. my thoughts to shoot this shot were how good can i stabilize a handheld stop motion sequence with after effects and mocha.

at first – this first try without the warp stabilizer cost me 2 hole days for the stabilizing process.

first i¬īve tried it with mocha. but mocha was NOT able to handle this extreme shaky footage. after this i jumped over to after effects where i¬īve spend the most of the time for a frame by frame prestabilization by hand so that mocha could handle it. after this prestabilization i¬īve renderd it out as a new jpeg sequence and imported it back into mocha for the “second pass” tracking. this time mocha made a good job. i¬īve copied the tracking data back to after effects and the shot was stablized. not perfect stable but ways better as the original sequence. the skulpture was smooth but the background was bad and shaky cause of the large perspective changes that cames from the handheld shoot. at this time there was no way to fixed that.

now the jump to the new AWESOME warp stabilizer.

at the time i¬īve first heard about the new plugin and saw some first previews on this – my first thoughts were … WoW this is the solution for stabilizing stop motion shots ! …
after the tryout version of the adobe cs 5.5 software came out i downloaded it to make some test with the stabilizer. i¬īve imported my sequence and applied the warp stabilizer on it. the first instance of the stablilizer was to stablize only the movement of the position, scale and rotation with a crop but with no rescale to keep the image quallity. i¬īve precomposed the shot and resized the comp with the new dimentions of the shot after the crop. on this i applied a new warp stabilizer and this time i¬īve stabilized the perspective also with crop but no rescale. again precomposing and rescaling the comp to the new dimensions. then i applied a third warp stabilizer on this new comp and did it again. this time with the subspace stabilization. and because the subspace stabilisation doing the job by warping and repositioning the frame and pixels, at this time the background was also stablized as much as it could and the overall look was much smoother as on the stabilizations without the new warp stabilizer. and now hold on …. it only takes me under 2 HOUR¬īs of my lifetime to track and stabilize this shot.

Adobe CS5.5 Warp Stabilizer stop motion Example from Maik Thomas on Vimeo.

yep – i¬īm realy impressed about what you can do with this awesome new plugin.

if you have any questions. use the comment field below or write me an email and i will answer as soon i can.

  

16 Comments

  1. Silent Rocco sagt:

    Wow… braucht man ja gar keine tolle Hardware mehr :D
    Einfach loslaufen und Adobe wird’s richten :)
    Aber ernsthaft, echt krass beeindruckend!

  2. Lars Klatte sagt:

    Awesome work Maik! I’ve tried it with the Stabilizer in Motion 4. Didn’t work. Nice to have finally a solution. Stabilizing manually was quite annoying :)

  3. Joe M sagt:

    Have you tried this on footage that shows less black and white contrast, more color and less defined structures?

  4. [...] be the fix you need. First brought to our attention by Maik Thomas who wrote this article “MY FIRST TEST WITH THE NEW ADOBE CS5.5 WARP STABILIZER” and today we’ve seen some other samples that look pretty impressive. Maik’s [...]

  5. [...] CS5.5 Warp Stabilizer stop motion on SinusDigitalus and¬†After Effects Warp Stabilizer by Tysk √§lg are both good examples of using this new feature in CS 5.5. For more see¬†Todd Kopriva‘s outline and especially¬†Chris Meyer’s movies. [...]

  6. Glenebay sagt:

    Nice idea Maik.. I want to see some of the new features of CS5.5.. Adobe shows off the new features of CS5.5 including After Effects plugins like Warp Stabilizer and Camera Lens Blur. Nice job. Keep it up!

  7. [...] noted in AE Quick Tip ‚Äď Show animation presets that effect presets are hidden by default.CS5.5 Warp Stabilizer stop motion on SinusDigitalus and After Effects Warp Stabilizer by Tysk √§lg are both good examples of [...]

  8. Great idea. The difference in the two videos are very noticeable. Brilliant work! I would love to see some color too, instead of just the black and white one.

  9. [...] CS5.5 Warp Stabilizer stop motion on SinusDigitalus and¬†After Effects Warp Stabilizer by Tysk √§lg are both good examples of using this new feature in CS 5.5. For more see¬†Todd Kopriva‘s outline and especially¬†Chris Meyer’s movies. [...]

  10. Harold sagt:

    Nice article.. I agree with Glenebay. The effects is very nice. I am looking forward to try that effects. And I want to see more new features about of CS5.5 Thanks..

  11. [...] CS5.5 Warp Stabilizer stop motion on SinusDigitalus and¬†After Effects Warp Stabilizer by Tysk √§lg are both good examples of using this new feature in CS 5.5. For more see¬†Todd Kopriva‘s outline and especially¬†Chris Meyer’s movies. [...]

  12. [...] CS5.5 Warp Stabilizer stop motion on SinusDigitalus and¬†After Effects Warp Stabilizer by Tysk √§lg are both good examples of using this new feature in CS 5.5. For more see¬†Todd Kopriva‘s outline and especially¬†Chris Meyer’s movies. [...]

  13. Dana sagt:

    Hi, when I use warp stabilizer I get a ghosting effect sometimes or motion blur. Anyway to fix this? I have been searching online and everyone else seems to be getting perfect results. Thanks

  14. Liam sagt:

    Hi,

    Will you be making an in-depth tutorial about how to use Warp Stabilizer (3 times) anytime soon?

    Thanks

  15. Stephane sagt:

    Hi Thomas,

    I’m study arts in a french university.
    I’ve to make a timelapse, I’ve got difficulties to stabilize with AE.

    So could you make a short video tutorial please ?!

    Regards,
    Stephane

  16. There’s definately a lot to learn about this issue. I love
    all of the points you’ve made.

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