Whether you’re filming on the ground or in the air, capturing smooth video can be a challenge even when using the best equipment. Sometimes you only get one opportunity to get the shot so it’s nice to know that there is some help out there if what you captured needs a little adjusting.
Once you have made your adjustments and selected the settings you like, you can then let Mercalli go to work. The program will show you what’s happening in a smaller pop-up window as it processes your clip. Once complete you can then view the video in a variety of ways. Either full screen or by running a side by side comparison. The option to see the before and after simultaneously as it is playing is a huge advantage for the you, the user. It allows you to see the difference right away without having to switch back and forth.
From there you can make further adjustment to better your footage and get it the way you want it to look. Mercalli V4 SAL+ has almost unlimited options to tweak the stabilization and can seem overwhelming. The ProDADUSA YouTube channel has a number of advanced tutorials to help you learn how to use the program to it’s fullest potential
The abilities of these two programs is amazing and having only just begun tapping into their power is exciting to say the least. I would like to add that these are not “be all/end all” programs but rather a good tool to add to your workflow as you process your clips and images. Along the same line, these are not a substitute for poor camera equipment. You should always strive for the best setup possible prior to filming. Then use Mercalli or ProDRENALIN to tweek and improve any areas of the video that are in need.
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