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Ep. #131 Rock Creek - Newton, IA

A summer day spent at Rock Creek with the family.

This is some footage I shot when I first got my GoPro, and boy it was BAD. It's still quite shaky but the pre-edit footage was much much worse as if I had drank 400 cups of coffee.

So took the opportunity to try some tests on this footage to see if I could learn something from it.

First was all this footage was 30fps except the parts that were recorded for slow motion (when using the GoPro for playing catch in the lake, which in this video I did not do any stabilization on at all) .

The problem with that is at the time I did not realize 30fps GoPro footage stabilizes really, really poorly; I generally try to film at at least 48fps unless I have the camera mounted on a tripod or something that keeps an object at a fixed point of reference so that you don't need to stabilize.

In any case, not only did I have all this really jerky footage it was all 30fps so normally I can't stabilize it without it even getting more jittery.

Well, for some reason while doing this I put all the 30fps footage in a 60fps sequence so all the frames were doubled, and to my surprise I was able to actually get it to be stabilized.
Again when you watch this you will say you don't see any stabilization but the original footage was SOOOOOOO much worse. Again, imagine if you were just holding the GoPro in your hand, no handle mount, and had just drank 400 cups of coffee; it was really that bad.
Anyway, because it was that bad I was still only able to warp stabilize at 1% with Detailed Analyzing on but it shows a lot of promise - at 60fps it looked really good actually, of course I had to drop it down for YouTube so it's not as good but instead of a jittery affect you can sometimes see where it looks like it dropped some frames so it's not smooth motion, but still much better then the jittery look.
This was my first attempt. Now that I know I can stabilize 30fps and not have the jitter by putting it in a 60fps sequence then nesting that and then stabilizing that at 60fps and not get jittery I will do more recording at 30fps and see if I can perfect it.

Then at the end the video when I get out of the lake and we are on the beach its 2.7k and the part with the deer it was almost black out. In fact, in the trees it was black you could not even see the deer so I was playing around, seeing if I could improve that. Still looks bad, but again this video became more of a test project then anything for me because all the footage was so bad.

You can also see the jittery affect I am referring to in the deer seen; does not look like the ides works for really dark footage where the shutter is open a long time and there is a lot of blurring, that still does not stabilize well .

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