Here is the shot with a before and after. It was taken on a VERY windy day, and to make matters worse, I was holding the tripod up over my head. You can see that despite this, the technique has almost completely stabilized the shot. Click below for the video:
2. Pull your footage into After Effects and create a comp. We are going to warp stabilise each shot individually and export the new stabilised shots for stitching.
3. Add Warp Stabiliser to your footage, make sure to cancel it analyzing it if starts automatically. Change the settings as in the picture below.
6. Now stabilized, you will notice the footage is moving around in the comp to compensate the shake. You need to transform the footage and scale it until it is just always filling the frame. You are losing resolution doing this so you don't want to scale more than necessary - for this footage I found it to be 5%.
8. Now the fun part... repeat for every camera. Use the same setting on your Warp Stabiliser, just new masks for each. Use the same level of transform scale as well.
9. Double check your rendered files to make sure they are free of artifacts and stable.
-- It was recently suggested to me that if warp artefacts are occurring, try de-fishing the footage first. This can be done by applying an Optics Compensation effect BEFORE the stabilizer, (for Wide Angle GoPro - set to 75 FOV, Reverse Lens Distortion, FOV Orientation: Diagonal, Resize: Max 2X). Make sure to turn the effect off before you render out the stabilized shot. --
Then chuck them into AVP and stitch up a rock solid shot!
So as you can tell, it's a lengthy process but you may be surprised by how well it worked. Keep an eye out for any warping artefacts, and if they appear try reducing the effect or selecting different mask areas. Good luck and please post any comments or suggestions below.