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Microsoft Unveils Their Own Hyperlapse ‘Warp Stabilizer’

Caleb Ward

The new algorithmic hyper-lapse stabilizer from Microsoft is insanely complex and effective.

With the advent and popularity of the software-based warp stabilizer it has never been easier to stabilize your shaky footage. However, have you ever noticed that on extra shaky footage the corners begin to bend and melt making it unusable? Now this may not be a major problem for people with steadicams or even steady-hands, but if you are using a GoPro or handheld camera you can get into hot water.

The people at Microsoft have seen this problem and have created a specially designed algorithm to use when stabilizing hyperlapsed footage (footage that is sped up). Without getting too specific, the stabilizer works by creating it’s own perceived 3D model of what the scene looks like as the camera travels in space. Pixel detail is then blended together, smoothed and color-corrected. The result is an incredibly smooth hyperlapse video.

In this video created by Johannes Kopf we get an in-depth explanation of how this stabilizer works:

And here is what the final stabilized footage looks like:

Currently, there’s no word on if or when this technology will find it’s way into your favorite video editing software. If you want to learn how to stabilize your shaky footage using the built-in Warp Stabilizer in After Effects check out lesson 9 of our Adobe After Effects Fundamentals Series.

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