Hi! Ae Newb here
I have a fully tracked Tracker Point on my footage. How can I apply it to stabilize the footage?
I've tried it a few times with other footage, but now the [apply] button is gone.
Hit the "Edit Target" button and check what's in there.
There is nothing I can do in that window.
You need to select Stabilize in the Track Type option. You have selected transform and this option is only for match moving. As soon as you have Stabilize selected you can apply the track info over the video layer.
If you need to stabilize footage so. you can add something to the frame and then put the motion back in the shot and add it to the new layers and you want to use AE's motion tracker, then do this:
Stabilize Position, Scale, and Rotation, apply it to the footage, then name the stabilized Layer (the footage) Stabilized.
Add a null to the shot and add these expressions to the Null:
// Position thisComp.layer("stabilized").transform.anchorPoint // Scale x = value; y = value; tx = thisComp.layer("stabilized").transform.scale; ty = thisComp.layer("stabilized").transform.scale; nx = x/tx*x; ny = y/ty*y; [nx, NY] // Rotation - thisComp.layer("stabilized").rotation
After you add your other layers and they stick to what they need to stick to, move to the first frame and Parent all added layers and the original footage to the Null. This will remove the stabilization from the original footage and add the movement you stabilized to the other layers.
I usually use Mocha AE for motion stabilizing and tracking, but this workflow is very effective for many shots and takes very little time. I only use Camera Tracking on shots that cannot be effectively tracked in any other way.
If you are going to do this kind of compositing, often save the Position, Scale, and Rotation properties as an Animation preset.