FCPX Stabilization vs. iStabilize

Post-production video stabilization comparison between Final Cut Pro X and iStabilize - by David R. Beebe
I recently upgraded from Final Cut Express to Final Cut Pro X. I was unimpressed with FCPX's built-in stabilize option so I did a quick comparison with iStabilize. I am pleased to note that my long standing amazement and appreciation of this bargain of an application continues unabated. It does take a lot longer to process but I think that the results are worth it. As you might recall from my comments on 1/6/11, iStabilize has been part of my video toolbox for quite some time now. It made it possible for our boat-based, FCE edited video of Jaguar vs. Caiman to be part of the Nat Geo Wild Channel's "Hunt For The Shadow Cat" during the December, 2011 Big Cat Week.

I created a short comparison video of FCPX 1.0.2 built-in stabilize and external editor iStabilize 2.2.4 with 46 second clip from GoPro Hero2 at 1080:30 and 120 degree field of view. Audio removed. Since creating this video, I discovered that I can export as ProRes 422 instead of Apple Intermediate Codec which is even better.