How You Can Get the Locked-On Stabilization and Text-Tracking Effects EASY in Davinci Resolve 17.

Are you looking to step up your video editing game in Davinci Resolve 17? One key aspect of creating professional-looking videos is utilizing the locked-on stabilization and text-tracking effects to enhance the visual appeal of your content. In this blog, we will guide you on how to achieve these effects easily in Davinci Resolve 17. With the right techniques and tools, you can elevate your editing skills and create polished videos that stand out. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned editor, mastering these effects will take your projects to the next level and impress your audience. Stay tuned for expert tips and tricks to unlock the full potential of Davinci Resolve 17.

How to Get Locked-On Stabilization and Text-Tracking Effects in DaVinci Resolve 17

The other day, I posted this video of a hummingbird over on Instagram, showing off the power of the tracker and stabilization inside DaVinci Resolve. And it didn’t take long after I posted it for a bunch of people to reach out and ask me to do a tutorial. This type of stabilization is a little bit different than what you might use if you just had a little bit of a shaky camera shot. It’s definitely a bit more of an extreme effect, where you want to keep your subject in one place in the frame at all times. It’s probably most well known at this point from the commercials where they would lock onto an earbud in someone’s ear while they were jumping or running, but I also use the exact same effect for a different part of this video that I’ll show you as well. So secure the cup, let’s hop into DaVinci Resolve, and I’ll show you how I did it.

Step 1: Fusion Page

All right, so here we are in DaVinci Resolve. We can see the finished product over here on the left-hand side. This bottom part is just the music that I imported from Instagram Reel, so that I would have something to edit to. On the top here, we’ve got “THE POWER OF STABILIZATION” in DaVinci Resolve and “STABILIZED”, so you know when the stabilization kicks in. So those are just titles. They’re not really important right now. And then below here, we’ve got just duplicated clips and I’ll show you why we do that in a little bit. Now, if we scroll over here, We can see the original clip quite a bit zoomed out here. And if I play it, you’ll notice it’s not actually, like, camera shake. It’s just that tree swaying back and forth that was causing the shakiness of the clip that we’re gonna stabilize out.

The first thing that we’re gonna do Is hop into Fusion with this clip. You can either click on this as long as you’re selected and your playhead is on it. You can just click straight on the Fusion button or you can right-click on the clip and go “Open in Fusion Page”. Now, it might look a little bit different. That’s because Fusion happens before the color grading in the process. That clip that I had in the Edit page is color-graded. But because you can see here’s the Edit, here’s Fusion, and then here’s the Color Grade, so where we’re looking at it in the process, it’s still not color-graded yet, But that’s not gonna affect us at all. Now, what we’re seeing at the bottom here is basically our MediaIn1, which is the clip itself, then our MediaOut1. And that’s basically saying, “This is what’s going back to the timeline.” We’re gonna hit Shift + Space, and then I’m gonna search for “tracker”. And with “MediaIn1” selected, if I hit Add, it should add the tracker in our chain. Then, this little thing popped up on our screen here. You can see, it’s a little green box. And we’re just gonna take that and place it over top of our bird. On the right hand side here, If you’re not seeing this menu, you can click Inspector in the top right. We can see what’s inside that box. So, all I want to do is kind of widen this box a little bit. If you wanna move it, it’s this little tiny square in the top left corner of the box. And then there’s this surrounding box as well, this kind of dotted line. And what that’s telling it is that we want to search for this area within the outer area. So it’s looking for the bird inside anywhere of here. So if the bird happens to move, which we know it will, Then it’s going to search within that outer bounds for the bird. Now, because I found my tracking point in the middle of the clip here, see how the red line is in the middle, it’s not over at the start. I’m actually gonna track backwards to start with. This does take some time, but I’ll speed it up a little bit so you don’t have to wait through the whole thing. Then we’re gonna go back to where we started here and we’re gonna track forward. The other thing you can do if you want to speed this up a little bit Is you can try to make your box smaller. If it’s got less size to search, it takes less time. So we’re done there. We’ve got our whole thing tracked. And if we play this back through, we can watch that little green box and it follows the bird perfectly. Now, just a quick disclaimer. It’s not always as perfect of a track as this one was, but if you’ve got a relatively simple shot with good contrast like this one, you can see the bird against the simple background like that is good contrast, then Fusion does an absolutely fantastic job at nailing it on the first try.

Step 2: Operation

Now, the next thing that we want to do here is we want to go over into our Inspector and we’re gonna choose Operation. We’re gonna change the Operation to Match Move, and then all we’re gonna do is we’re gonna click BG only. And then when we play it back, You’ll notice that the frame is moving around a whole bunch, leaving the bird steady in the center. And the issue with this right now is that you can see it’s losing space on the side. We’re actually getting blank parts of the frame because it’s keeping our subject in the same spot. So what we’re gonna have to do is basically just zoom in or crop in enough so that we never hit that edge piece, which in this case is totally fine because I wanted to zoom in a bunch anyway, to get a little bit closer on the hummingbird. But it’s something to keep in mind, if you’re planning to do this effect to shoot a little wider than you think you need, so you’ve got that extra space. Now, there are two ways that we can accomplish this. A lot of people will go Shift + Space bar, And then they will search for “transform”. They’ll add a Transform into the chain after the Tracker, and then we can just bump up the size here.

I’m actually gonna do it slightly differently. I’m just gonna go back into my Edit page. I’m gonna open my Inspector here. And with that clip selected, I’m actually going to zoom it in here. I’m gonna go two times, and then I’m just gonna get my hummingbird nice and centered here. There we go. And now, once this blue bar is fully loaded, you can see we now have the whole clip where the hummingbird is pretty darn centered. So now we’ve got the final stabilized version, but in the Reel that I put out, the first half of it wasn’t stabilized and we had this little title on here. So what we’re gonna do is I’m actually gonna grab this. Holding Option, I’m gonna drag up and that’s gonna duplicate it. And then what I want to do is actually trim this to the halfway point and we’re gonna open this one in the Fusion page. Now, because we already have the Tracker on there, we’re good to go on that. So the tracking information is exactly the same, but we’re gonna go back into Operation And we’re gonna change this to FG over BG. Now what we’re gonna do is go back to the very start of the clip. I’m gonna make sure I’m not selected on any of these and I’m going to choose a Text tool. Highlighting that text tool and going over to our Inspector, I’m gonna type “Watch The Hummingbird”. And if I select the Text again and hit 1, we’ll be able to see a preview of…

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I achieve the locked-on stabilization effect in Davinci Resolve 17?

To achieve the locked-on stabilization effect in Davinci Resolve 17, you can use the built-in stabilization feature. Simply select the clip you want to stabilize, navigate to the inspector panel, and under the stabilization tab, click on “Lock on” to enable this feature. Adjust the settings as needed to achieve the desired effect.

How can I add text-tracking effects in Davinci Resolve 17?

Adding text-tracking effects in Davinci Resolve 17 is simple. First, create a new text layer in the Fusion tab, then enable tracking by clicking on the tracker icon in the top right corner. Select the tracker point you want to use and apply it to your text layer. You can now adjust the position and size of the text to create a dynamic text-tracking effect.

Are these effects easy to achieve in Davinci Resolve 17?

Yes, both the locked-on stabilization and text-tracking effects are easy to achieve in Davinci Resolve 17. The software provides intuitive tools and features that make it simple to apply these effects to your videos. With a little practice and experimentation, you’ll be able to master these effects in no time.

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