The latest version of MotionBend features additional Rotation Dampening. Video from handheld cameras is often accidentally rotated, when moving forwards or backwards and especially when panning although it’s not always noticeable. Rotation Dampening adds additional smoothing to the rotation on top of the normal smoothing. Rotation Dampening is taken into account when generating correction to make the motion more consistent. Most shakey videos will look better with Rotation Dampening but you can disable it if you prefer.
We have a big list of ideas for features and improvements for MotionBend, that we hope will make it the ultimate stabilization tool. We are constantly evaluating each idea to decide how difficult it would be to implement and its usefulness. We have a lot of new ideas too so the list is always growing. There are also suggestions from our users and other interested parties. When many people recommend the same feature it goes up in priority on our list. The number one request was for a plugin.
In the latest MotionBend 1.5 we have completely rewritten our motion analysis module. The basic method is more or less the same but we have switched to newer, faster techniques; we have investigated and implemented several speed ups in areas that are traditionally slow; we have optimized code, made short cuts, streamlined data flow and we’ve improved our formats for faster data access.
Recently there was a nice article on FCP.co regarding testing stabilization plugins for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. The videos from that test were published to YouTube so I thought it would be interesting to see how MotionBend’s output compared to the other products - using content thought to be objectively suitable for testing.