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Old June 2nd, 2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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Question for David: proDAD Mercalli Compatability

David,

I know we lose resolution when removing shake from a video with 3RD party products like Mercalli.

I downloded a trial version and installed in in PP CS4, then applied the anti-shake effect (mercalli) to remove handheld shakes. The video was impressively stable and when I rendered it out using cineform again it looked pretty good, but I can't tell how much quality loss has been done.

My question is, how much degradation am I getting by taking a cineform intermidiate and appliying effects, then rendering/exporting it out with the AME using cineform codec again?

I was impressed with proDAD's Mercalli, I only wish they had a stand alone application to just remove shake.

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Old June 2nd, 2009, 10:44 PM   #2
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 11:21 PM   #3
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 04:15 PM   #4
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Rick,

If you decide to purchase the entire CS4 Suite, you will also get After Effects CS4, which comes with Mocha for AE. Mocha is a technically impressive planar (2.5D) tracking system:

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Once you learn it, you won't want to go back to any point tracking system for image stabilization or anything else. BTW, Mocha works fine with Cineform AVI files.

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Old June 3rd, 2009, 05:25 PM   #5
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Jay,

I already own the complete Adobe Production CS4 suite. But I did not know Mocha was included.

I guess I am going to have to install and play with it. Is this hard to learn? Mercalli is a simple drag and drop effect and seems to do a good job.

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Old June 3rd, 2009, 06:14 PM   #6
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No, it's not hard to learn the basics. But it's so powerful, that you really need to study the tutorials to master all the fine points:

http://www.imagineersystems.com/supp...cha/tutorials/

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(This Vimeo channel contains user-generated examples and tutorials)

After personally bumbling along for years with most of the Windows-based trackers (Mercalli, Deshaker, AE's built-in point tracker, etc.), I was shocked at how well that Mocha did with difficult tracks. The free version of Mocha is already installed with CS4 and you should have a shortcut to it in the Windows Start Menu:

Adobe After Effects CS4 * Tracking and stabilizing motion

The free version that comes with CS4 is 1.x. There is a new version (2.x) on the Imagineer website and the upgrade from V1 to V2 was selling for something reasonable a while back.
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Old June 6th, 2009, 01:49 AM   #7
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Jay,

After evaluating Mocha, I came to the conclusion that it is a great tracker tool. However, I think Mercalli is still faster, easier, and the results are quite good. It is almost brainless. I am only talking about motion/stabilization removal, not tracking.

So, I think Mecalli is still worth the $ 119. It runs on PP just fine, while, Mocha only runs on AE.

I will keep playing with them, but so far I am convinced that Mecalli will be a good addition to my workflow for those cases where I need to remove some shake from the footage.

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Old June 6th, 2009, 07:39 PM   #8
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I have both, so I won't disagree. What you'll find is you will eventually run into a stabilization issue that Mercalli will not handle and Mocha will.
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