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Old 10-06-2015, 09:22 AM   #1
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Default Mercalli or Edius stabilizer?

My camera is a Sony CX900 and shoots in HD (bitstream is 50Mb/s). I don't like moving around with a tripot (or even a monopot). So my shots are a bit wobbly. Not that much, but you can see very clear it is not a tripot.
Purpose: weddings, events, holidays, daytrips, etc. No nature scenes. Audience: no professionals, no TV-studio.
Panning is not great, but it works. I try to stay away from zoom. Also: if I can can improve my shots without having to use a tripot, that would be very nice.

I tried the Edius buildin stabilzer and it does a nice job. I have seen some footage after the Mercalli stabilizer was used. It looks great (but clips by any manufacturer for his own product look great)

My question: is the Mercalli stabilzer really better and also: will it be noticible better for my purpose/camera?
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:32 AM   #2
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We always use the mercali stabilizer (V2.0). It's a better quality then the Edius internal one. Also you have more Parameter to choose ;-)

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Old 10-06-2015, 10:22 AM   #3
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I have found that each has it's advantages depending on the clip. I have found that sometimes I have had to try the Edius stabiliser when I have got some unusual effects using Mercalli V2 or other times the other way around. As has been said, the Mercalli product has a lot more parameters to choose. I have also found that Mercalli 4 has even more advanced stabilising and is my stabiliser of choice.
Here is a brief example using the Mercalli V2 that I did some time back
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:29 AM   #4
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I use Mercalli v2 a lot to create "Rock-Steady" shots - with a touch of added "sharpness" from the EDIUS video FX. Mercalli is brilliant in "Glide" mode too. Very smooth. I tried the EDIUS version once, and it was not as good. But perhaps I will try again.
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Old 10-06-2015, 12:48 PM   #5
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It will depend on your footage. I have seen the Edius stabilizer outdo or match the Mercali V4 on certain footage. I have also seen Mercali best the Edius stabilizer on other footage. The optimum position to be in is to have both on the system.
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Old 10-06-2015, 10:39 PM   #6
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I agree with Jerry's approach - and usefulness. Mercalli certainly does a better job of "glidecam" (steadicam) type operations, and also very much so in smoothing out an uneven pan. However, that said, the EDIUS stab is faster at analysis, and on shots that need a "little help", will work just as well - and quicker. In evaluating the loss of sharpness of both, they are pretty evenly matched as long as the "blow-in" of the picture is the same, which varies with the "amount" or "strength" of the stabilization desired. I always add a sharpness between 8 and 18 to each stabilized shot, depending on the nature of the shot and the amount of blowup needed to not show any borders.

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Old 10-07-2015, 10:41 AM   #7
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Thanks to all of you.

Reading your tips: the best thing to do is have both and that means I have to spend some money. That is something that has always been a bit difficult for me (I know, it's only money)
I have to sleep over it.

Thanks again and have a nice day.

(if anyone else wants to give their opnion, please do so.)
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:51 AM   #8
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The footage used in the Mercalli 4 tutorial did not come from the manufacturer. (You referred to that in your first post.)

What you see in the Mercalli 4 tutorial is an honest representation of the capabilities of the program.

Maybe this info is not useful in your decision making but as other have said Mercalli 4 is very impressive.
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:23 PM   #9
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You can get a trial version of Mercalli first and compare yourself without spending money.
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Old 10-08-2015, 02:54 PM   #10
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Just to let you know: I decided to buy this plugin. I will have 'two guns' to work on shaky, wobbly videos. (I already have one client with files recorded with a sort of steadcam)

Thanks for all the answers.
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