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Old May 17th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #16
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Re: Warp stabilizer for wind shake

Yep I have the same error
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Old May 17th, 2012, 12:42 AM   #17
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Re: Warp stabilizer for wind shake

Originally Posted by Neil Grubb View Post
No, no effects or transitions had been applied to the clip before applying Mercalli. Could this be a CS6 compatibility issue ?
Could be that they are not up to speed yet for CS6
When you drag Mercalli onto a clip in the timeline, "Mercalli" should show up in the effect control panel, and should twirl down and show menu items, including a little icon that, when clicked on, opens a user interface window.
I am still on CS5.5, so no personal experience yet.
Looking at the ProDad website re Mercalli compatability- they only list up to CS5.5.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 05:14 AM   #18
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Re: Warp stabilizer for wind shake

Originally Posted by Robert Young View Post
Mercalli is expensive, and there are indeed a few tricks for using it, as mentioned above by Alan.
And certainly, I would think that the priority would be to get the CS6 suite.
BUT, for me Mercalli v.2 is priceless.
I shoot a lot of handheld ENG/Travel/Event type programing with handicam cameras (not shoulder mounted),
Because Mercalli is so effective, fast, and easy to use, I really do use it a lot.
Sometimes I will use it on every clip in a project- if a clip is stable already, Mercalli won't really alter it, so I'm not finding a downside to using it indiscriminately.
The bottom line is that my finished programs look very close to actual tripod set-ups.
IMO, this adds huge production value to the final product
The final HD image quality- sharpness, lack of artifact, etc. is excellent- i.e. Blu Ray on 1080 HDTV.
The time involved in using Mocha, or Warp stabilizer would be prohibitive for me, although both produce excellent results.
I am truly spoiled :)
I agree wholeheartedly with every word of this. Mercalli 2 is in a different league to everything else I have tried, both in terms of results and ease/speed of use.

I have not yet tried CS6, so cannot comment there. but Mercalli never misses a beat with CS5.5.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #19
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Re: Warp stabilizer for wind shake

I'd like to reopen this discussion and point it a little different direction. I use Mercalli 2.0 and like it a lot for not too shaky situations, like Neil's Wheatears. When it is a bit windier, however, the edges of a Mercalli-treated clip bob and weave all over the place.

It would certainly be preferable to stop the wind shake in the camera.Image stabilization is not possible using interchangeable lens and adapters (like MTF ones). Wind shake arises from wind blowing the camera, the mike (especially with a a dead cat on it) and anything else mounted high.This rocks the setup from the top, and loading stones near the base won't lessen it very much. Anyway, what bird is going to sit still for you while you're excavating.

Looking at the Mercalli shake profile, it is evident that most of the wind-induced motion is up and down,even though the wind is blowing laterally. This makes me think that the head may be involved and a partial solution may be to tighten the tilt mode as much as you can and still be able to follow the subject.
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