Workflow and Post Stabilization

Discussion in 'Software Solutions' started by Tommy - KnightDesignDev, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Tommy - KnightDesignDev

    Sep 18, 2012
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    While it the Radian stabilizer can give good results, its not great on a CS8 OCTO in higher winds.
    *note, we have tried alot of the setting adjustments,... maybe we haven't found the ideal setting. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    I wanted to get some info and thoughts from all you other users on how you flow through you media.
    We would like to be more efficient and get work done faster, so I was curious if anyone was willing to share there experiences.

    Below is a list of how we work through our media
    1. Flight and Film (1080p24 for scenic landscape / calm, or 720p50 for action sports / high winds)
    2. Lens and ISO / Aperture settings are still a struggle
    3. Bring the .MOV file into Adobe Premier - Clip and convert to H.264 MP4 (or iHDclip or Windows Live Movie Maker)
    4. Stabilize in Mercalli Pro ( Pan 30-45 / Zoom 10-20 )
    5. Bring back into Adobe Premier to pull out still shots as desired
    6. Color Correct as needed
    7. Edit Video as desired into Adobe Premier
    8. Next steps will be in Adobe After Effects
    9. Post

    Here is an overview of our gear
    • CS8 octo (soon to be x8 due to Michigan winds)
    • DJI WK-M and 75A Castle ICE ESCs
    • DJI Groundlink with waypoint mapping
    • 6200 mAh 4s lipo x 2 in parallel
    • KDD power dist puck
    • APC 14x4.7 (soon to be Xoar 16")
    • 360 Radian Gimbal with Castle BECs to run 5.8v equipment
    • Canon 7D ( normally shoot with a Fixed 20mm wide angle on infinite focus)
    • Cam FPV via HDMI from the 7D with
    • CS8 FPV via GoPro with Lawmate 5.8 downlink
  2. Colin Snow

    Colin Snow Active Member

    Jun 29, 2012
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    Thanks ?? (We use our real names here) for you post.

    I use CS6 also and was curious why you prefer Mercalli Pro over the stabilizer option in Premiere?

    Does Mercalli allow you import, stabilize, and export in 1080/60p?

  3. Tim Joy

    Tim Joy Active Member

    Aug 2, 2012
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    I would edit out clips that you will use before stabilizing.
    If I'm understanding right, you're stabilizing the whole raw clip, then editing from that?
    If you want the best, IMO, warp stabilizer in AE CS 5.5 and up is it.
  4. Sedric "Zellevision" Sari

    Sep 21, 2012
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    Agree with Tim, I do the editing first, and if needed Ill run the mercalli inside avid on that clip. And until now NONE used clip at/for tv-shows has been post stabilized, thats how we work ;). So I really dont use mercalli for our rc heli shots, only for "normal" ones :)

    CS6, 360 gimb, 3Xradians.
  5. Joe Azzarelli

    Joe Azzarelli Active Member

    Jul 13, 2012
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    Mr Knight:
    I would put off compression to h.264 until you are finished. Convert to ProRes or uncompressed first.
    Matt Aurisy likes this.

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