Standalone stabilization solution? [Heh, alliteration]

Papa Jefe

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Hey guys. I do all my editing and color correction in Olive, and I absolutely love the results and dig that the software is open-source.

That said, there isn't any stabilization built in and I'm not quite ready to drop the scratch necessary for a newer camera (or fancy paid software). Any suggestions?
 

Meifesto

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Depends.
Do you think tour footage needs the stabilization?

I have seen video's where the automatic build in stabilization can make you sick.
Same as some of the edited software stabilization, where the road might be still, but the helmet in screen is a eyesore xD
 
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R-Rated

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Depending on the program, you could just stabilize a little bit. For example, maybe just eliminate the excess helmet buffeting when riding WOT o_O

Just be mindful the program may lock onto a movement from a windscreen for stabilizing but ignore it making the handlebars. The end result can look like a wobble is starting.

I am more apt to stabilize shots taken from a mount on the bike vs. the helmet. My bike can make it seem like a major earthquake is occuring.
 

Papa Jefe

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Thanks for the tips guys. I've never felt it needed it myself, and honestly I prefer the.... not sure what to call it, intimacy I guess? That comes from all of the rider's movements being translated straight to the camera. But I've gotten some complaints from viewers (surprise surprise) and thought I'd experiment with it. I think I'll stick with things how they are, at least for now.
 

Papa Jefe

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Yeah I've been watching Ebay for a used Hero 5 since they use the same hardware as the Hero 3 that I've already got. Eventually, for sure - if nothing else I really want to be able to have multiple camera angles to make my vlogs more interesting for viewers.
 

HippoDrone

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If you are able to record efficiently, then the Hero 5 Session is also an option, plus side is it's form factor, downside is non replaceable battery. I used to run mine on a powerbank though which would go all day etc
 
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WheelyPerd

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I havent uploaded in a while, but Youtube had built in stabilization you could enable after uploading. It may not be great, but it wasnt horrid and its free (but unfortunately not open source ;) )
 

Pooley

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If it was something you wanted to implement, a second hand GoPro Hero 6 shouldn't cost mega money, and you may even find one with the stupid mic adaptor! :)
shivers in mic adapter

My two cents would be to leave the footage raw, digital stabilisation can leave the footage with a surreal see-sick sort of effect and a bit of camera shake isn't a deal-breaker. As Hippo suggests you could always go second hand which I tend to do, and nab a cheap camera with stabilisation. Alternatively a cheaper clone of a gopro with stabilisation could be a solution. I tested the Git2 Pro.. or something along them lines a while back, and the results were suprisingly good!
 
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scooterwuf

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If your main footage shot suffer from the Jelly effect (camera mounted on the bike bars pointed at threader) program stabilization may not help. Also, if that's the main camera angle you want to use then an investment into a good camera with stability may be the best option. That doesn't mean anything expense. There are many older model cameras that have stabilization, but the disappointment of spending hours shooting footage only to see it's virtually useless due to wobbles and jelly effects might be worth the cost of a reliable camera that delivers great footage.

- Wolf
 
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ChrisPook

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Hi. Davinci Resolve is free and has image stabilisation.


Download at the foot of the page. Helluva learning curve tbh, but worth it.
 
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Papa Jefe

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I actually have Resolve. I was never thrilled with its UX design though, and prefer to avoid it altogether.
 

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I'm loving Resolve. Stick with it, you'll learn to love it. It's taken me a while as I use FCPX and the magnetic timeline is different to Resolves node based editing, but once you have you head around it Resolve is unreal.
 

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Most Resolve beginner tutorials are junk, this one really helped me though:

 

SighBored

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IMHO go with the Hero7, and skip the previous ones like 5 or 6.. Their stabilization ain't that great. If you want something cheap to test out, try the Akaso Brave4.
 

UncleL

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Davinci is the perfect tool. I started with free version but I moved to the studio version and it is significantly better. But the free is still really good. The only potential issue with stabilization is that it works really well on a short cuts. If you just want to stabilize the whole clip at once it won't work well. For something like that virtual dub with deshaker plugin will do.
 

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