What is Neorealism?

A cinema experiment: what rival visions would emerge if you pitted the director of The Bicycle Thieves against the producer of Gone with the Wind on the same movie material? History can tell us…

A video essay created by filmmaker Kogonada. He tweets at twitter.com/kogonada and tumbles at missingozu.tumblr.com. You can see his recent series on cinema at vimeo.com/kogonada/videos.

“The only great problem of cinema seems to be more and more, with each film, when and why to start a shot and when and why to end it.”
— Jean Luc Godard

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Stabilize your shots with AE Warp Stabilizer

Warp Stabilizer is a new option for stabilizing unsteady footage. It comes with the new After Effects 5.5. It removes jitter caused by camera movement, making it possible to transform shaky, handheld footage into steady, smooth shots. It replaces the previous stabilizer as it is much easier to use. Warp Stabilizer contains technology to correct unstable parallax by using a subtle warping of the image.

Introducing AE 5.5 Warp Stabilizer: Learn how to stabilize hand-held footage to look as if it had been shot with a complicated, expensive camera rig with the new Warp Stabilizer in After Effects CS5.5

Warp Stabilizer Basic Parameters: Learn more about the new Warp Stabilizer’s Result and Smoothness settings, Stabilization Method, choices for how to treat the borders of an image, and automatic scaling options.

Outsmarting the Warp Stabilizer: The Warp Stabilizer’s ability to automatically distinguish between foreground and background requires user intervention on some shots, such as a greenscreen stage with tracking dots in the background. Learn how to work around these issues.

Warp Stabilizer Instant Gratification: See how to quickly apply the new Warp Stabilizer to footage for instant gratification, including setting the Smoothness amount as well as choosing between Smooth Motion and No Motion.

Warp Stabilizer Advanced Parameters: Explore the new Warp Stabilizer’s advanced settings, including its innovative Synthesize Edges option. In the process, you will learn how to make custom adjustments to compensate for problem footage.

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