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AE Warp Stabilizer vs. FCPX Stabilization

The last blog post on Warp Stabilizer for sometime – PROMISE!!

That being said – when we launched CS 5.5 at NAB this year in Las Vegas, a number of users were asking for a comparison between AE’s new Warp Stabilizer and the just announced stabilization feature of FCPX.  The great news – both work entirely in the background allowing you to work in the application completely unhindered by the analysis and stabilization of footage.  As you can tell – this is a sign of all things in the future.  Compute intensive tasks being done in the background so it doesn’t get in the way or make you ‘wait’.

I wanted to post the results now that we can test the software in an ‘apples to apples’ fashion (pardon the pun).  The clip is the same as what I used in the warp stabilizer sneak peak on Adobe TV.

Both AE’s Warp Stabilizer and FCPX stabilization were left to the default settings of stabilization and rolling shutter removal. – no tweaking was done whatsoever.

Here it is: AE Warp Stabilizer is the bottom clip, FCPX the top.  The focus of this test is the quality and fidelity of the stabilized image. The clip is looped and should be viewed at full screen.



Final cut looks better

[LOL – really? Look again. -S ]

Stabilization looked the same to me. the warp stabilization looked a touch sharper, when I looked frame by frame. As if you turned up the sharpening slider on a photo. What have others noticed?

[ Take a look for ripple and a ‘jello’ effect in the image. Classic tells of traditional stabilizers. -S ]

Depends on what one prefers and what a project requires, I guess. Warp Stabilizer has a tendency to make things look “dead” because it is in fact already too perfect and the chosen example would be one such case. On the other hand you wouldn’t want the tiniest bit of jitter on long dolly shots of static scenery… Really up to the specific case.

[ I think that’s the moral in the use of ANY visual effect. Your opinion on where an effect works or doesn’t, combined with how to use it creatively is your expertise as an artist, no? -S. ]

Is the FCP one the same as it used to be (smoothcam?) which I remember was taken at least partly from shake?

The warp stabilizer here looks much better – way less jello.

At first glance it seemed close. But after two sessions of repeated loop viewing. Adobe Warp Stabilizer definitely looks and feels more stable with less bounce than FCPX. Thanks Steve for split screen comparison.

I saw a demo of the warp stabilizer in AE at the London FCP Super meet on the adobe stand. The example footage was shot on a mobile fone and once stabilized looked pretty amazing, you guys should post that up..

[ Will dig it up from the folks in London. Thanks for the heads up. -S. ]

People that have watched here must be blind.
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But the warp stabilizer from After Effects eliminates exactly those issues you have with any current "prosumer" stabilizer plug.
Those nasty wobbly frames and those nasty horizontal smear, blur artifacts that would let you think that it comes from merging interlaced fields together while in fact stabilizing progressive footage.

I've tried nearly all stabilizer software on this planet (eccept those $ 15K thingies) but none works like AE warp stabilizer.
Sigh, i cannot afford AE nor CS Prod Prem. but one day i can, i will get this nasty piece of software, immediately!!!

    I’m a consumer with ambition, so to speak.
    I just learned that Adobe “sells” it’s software on a monthly subscription basis. That’s exactly what I need and like – do my videos, do my work, but not pay thousands of bucks.

    Check it out, maybe it’s good for you, too.

    Are there any demos of AE Warp Stabilizer on HD interlaced material?

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