Tool eliminates unwanted camera motion in video files

JUNE 13--A normal camera pan or zoom is the relatively low-frequency movement of a camera or a lens that, with a stabilized camera, will yield a smooth video for viewing.

Jun 13th, 2001

JUNE 13--A normal camera pan or zoom is the relatively low-frequency movement of a camera or a lens that, with a stabilized camera, will yield a smooth video for viewing. When high-frequency motion is introduced as a result of a walking videographer or commanding the zoom feature to zoom too fast, shaky unprofessional video is produced.

SteadyHand software from DynaPel Systems (New York, NY; www.dynapel.com) corrects poorly shot video. Engineers have developed patented technology that actually separates camera motion from any object motion in the frames of a video. The software then mathematically differentiates desirable movement from undesirable movement by separating low-frequency vectors from high-frequency vectors. Then, SteadyHand compensates for the undesirable motion with equal and opposite motion. A powerful rendering engine recreates the frames using the compensated motion to yield a smooth video.

SteadyHand is available on the Web: steadyhand.dynapel.com. The company is offering the product at an introductory price of $49.99.

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