Using the SmoothCam Filter
The SmoothCam filter uses motion compen-
sation to smooth out jerky jittery handheld
shots and bumpy dolly moves. Unlike other
FCP filters, the SmoothCam filter process
has two parts. Clip analysis is a background
process you can complete before you apply
the SmoothCam filter. Final Cut Pro ana-
lyzes every pixel of every frame of your
media file to calculate the motion compen-
sation required. FCP will analyze the entire
clip, not just the section marked by In and
Out points—so shorter, discrete clips will be
analyzed more quickly. Once clip analysis is
complete, you can apply the SmoothCam fil-
ter and adjust the filter’s parameters with
real-time previewing.
To apply SmoothCam motion
compensation to a clip:
1.
In the Browser, select the clips you want
to analyze, then Control-click in the
SmoothCam column and choose Run
Analysis from the shortcut menu
(Figure 16.9).
Final Cut Pro queues the selected clips
and performs motion compensation
analysis as a background process
(Figure 16.10). You can continue to
work in FCP during clip analysis.
2.
When clip analysis is complete, select a
clip and choose Effects > Video Filters >
Video > SmoothCam to apply the filter.
Using the clips analysis data, Final Cut
Pro creates a real-time preview of the
smoothed shot using the filter’s default
settings (Figure 16.11). Review this real-
time preview before making settings
adjustments.
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Filters and Compositing
Filters and Compositing
Figure 16.9 Select the clips you want to
analyze, then Control-click in the Browser’s
SmoothCam column and choose Run
Analysis from the shortcut menu.
Figure 16.10 Final Cut Pro queues the selected
clips, performing motion compensation analysis
as a background process. FCP will analyze the
entire length of the clips media file.
Figure 16.11 Once you’ve applied the SmoothCam
filter, FCP uses the motion compensation analysis data
to create a real-time preview of the corrected shot.

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