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Motionbend takes video stabilisation to the next level and adds FCPX XML export

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Although there is video stabilisation built into FCPX, the $99 Motionbend application has a lot more going on under the hood. With a new XML export into FCPX feature just added, we thought we would take a closer look at "motion editing" with Motionbend.

Bristol based Tiliam Research has just released a 1.3.1 update to Motionbend, a $99 OS X application that uses advanced video processing techniques to stabilise video.

So what differentiates Motionbend to the built in stabiliser or other third party products? 

Motionbend automatically detects changes in motion type and direction. Once a clip is analysed in the application, the camera's movement is displayed as two graphs. The motion then gets stabilised depending on your preferences.

This is where it gets interesting as the two lines and their corresponding movements can then be edited. You can for example, remove a pause at the top of a pan. The first demo video from Tiliam Research demonstrates this far better than we can describe.

 

As you can see, it offers a lot more possibilities than the built in FCPX stabilisation. With all stabilisers, Motionbend can automatically zoom and crop to remove the edges that occur after a video has been processed. The alternative that Motionbend offers is to replace information in the areas with video from previous or following frames. This keeps the resolution of the final result the same as the original video. This is very clever and although it won't work on every clip due to moving objects at the edges, it will help keep video such as helicopter shots crisp.

The video shows the three different border rendering methods.

 

The app doesn't stop there either, complex camera moves can be analysed and split up into events. Each event can then be edited within the shot. Make sure you check out the before and after comparison at about 6:10 in.

 

All pretty impressive and we can see Motionbend being used on many projects from forensic analysis, to making iPhone movies more watchable on news broadcasts, right down to weddings and home use. Let us know in the comments if you've had experience using the app.

The recent 1.3.1 update adds XML export after batch processing which will load all processed videos into one event within Final Cut Pro X.

The more we look into this app, the more we realise that it should completely out perform the built in stabilisation within FCPX. The next step would be for Tiliam Research to build this into a plugin so that users don't have to leave the NLE to use the stabilisation.

There is a free watermarked trial to test Motionbend out, they also offer a 28 day money back guarantee.

A list of features and supported codecs can be found here.

 

 


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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.

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