Motion stabilization in After Effects?
October 12, 2013 3:45 AM   Subscribe

I have a few dozen short .mov files that want to edit together. Before I do that, though, I want to apply image stabilization software and then edit together the stabilized clips. I have Premiere Pro CS5.5 and After Effects CS5.5, but can't figure out what my workflow needs to be.

Since AE does the image stabilization, I'm thinking I need to import the clips there first. And I did, but I can't really figure it out--I'm only vaguely familiar with both programs and their learning curve is quite steep. Do I need to import these clips into PP first and then export to AE? Via Bridge? I'm pretty lost before I've even gotten started. Any and all advice would be most welcome.
posted by zardoz to Media & Arts (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Warp Stabilizer is fairly processor intensive so you probably don't want to run it on your raw clips if they're like 30 minutes each or something. If your clips are really short, just bring them into AE, stabilize them, export as Quicktimes (or whatever) and bring them into Premiere to edit.

If your clips are long you can make some selects in Premiere first (cut down the clips to roughly the sections you are going to want/eliminate all the garbage) and bring then bring those into After Effects to stabilize and then export back to Premiere to edit. I know in CS6 you can just have both programs open and copy/paste your Sequence from Premiere into After Effects and you'll end up with a Composition that will have all your rough edits. Does that work in 5.5?
posted by nathancaswell at 6:30 AM on October 12, 2013

I think in 5.5 you could import Premiere into AE through File > Import > Premiere Project

Since you say they're already .MOV files, I think that's only useful if you want to edit it and then stabilize, to avoid the bother of stabilizing anything you're not using. If you feel it's important to stabilize it all and then make your editing decisions from that, then just import the .MOV files directly into AE.

There's something called Adobe Dynamic Link that might be good for what you want. It will allow you import compositions from AE into Premiere, and then if you go back and change the AE composition, the change will be automatically reflected in Premiere. It's a big performance hit while in Premiere, but you might appreciate the flexibility.

Like you can run a rough Warp Stabilizer in AE, use Dynamic Link to import into Premiere, edit, and then you can go back to the AE file and address any rough spots that are visible in the edit.
posted by RobotHero at 10:10 AM on October 12, 2013

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