Aligning Horizons between several clips.

New Here ,
Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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Hi All - first post, and complete beginner to PP, so go easy 🙂 I've searched for a similar situation here but cant find one.

I have several clips that I need to merge together to make one complete video, but each clip has slightly different horizon levels. These were shot with a drone, and the angle/position isn't precisely the same as the previous flight.

I would imagine there is a function that could align them and crop as necessary, but can't seem to figure it out.

Any guidance would be highly appreciated!

Thanks

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LEGEND , Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018
Place one clip above another on the timeline (clip one on V1, clip 2 on V2). Click on the clip on the higher track to select it.Go to the Effects Control panel and lower the opacity of the clip on V2 until you see it superimposed over the clip below it. Adjust the Rotation, Scale and Position until the two horizons line up and the upper clip still fills frame.Once that is done, restore the opacity to 100% and move the clip that was on V2 to where you want it on the timeline.MtD

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Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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Place one clip above another on the timeline (clip one on V1, clip 2 on V2). Click on the clip on the higher track to select it.

Go to the Effects Control panel and lower the opacity of the clip on V2 until you see it superimposed over the clip below it. Adjust the Rotation, Scale and Position until the two horizons line up and the upper clip still fills frame.

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Once that is done, restore the opacity to 100% and move the clip that was on V2 to where you want it on the timeline.

MtD

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New Here ,
Dec 27, 2020 Dec 27, 2020

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Great idea, thank you! I tried this and it worked great. Next time I will do this as well as the next advice about Difference blending mode. Thank you, community!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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Instead of lowering the opacity of the layers and even better way is to change them to Difference blending mode. This way it will highlight the differences between layers. Always a great technique to use when you want to line up two layers so their positions match.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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I use a cross dissolve, adjust an then delete.

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Apr 23, 2018 Apr 23, 2018

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The benefit of using Difference blending mode is that, when the two layers are lined up exactly, the resulting image will go completely black. So it’s very easy to ensure it’s lined up exactly. With opacity or cross dissolve you are relying on visual matching which is more prone to error. But all are possible solutions 🙂

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 24, 2018 Apr 24, 2018

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If you magnify the program window you can get it quite accurate.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 09, 2021 Feb 09, 2021

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But if you use Difference mode you won't need to do that. It's much quicker and easier. No need to lower opacity or anything, you should try it 🙂

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New Here ,
May 01, 2018 May 01, 2018

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Thanks for the help everyone!

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