Deshaking movie, Blender vs Virtualdub with deshaker; why would you prefer Blender ?

I’m curious, i often film with my canon SLR, and Blender can read the .mov files it generates.
And i would like to completely do the film making workflows with Blender.
For several other reasons i already prefer Blender above video software, because of the high control i have in Blender, you can do any kind of animation just as you want it; not because its a standard title box or so…

The one thing that is bugging me is “deshaking” with hand shot movies; as i not always travel with my tripod. I have done some tests now with blender, but i am used to do this with virtualdub plus the deshaker plugin. Virtual dub cant read my .mov files, so i always need to convert first to avi, then deshake 2phases-tuning, then save.

The virtualdub deshaker and Blender work each quite different
Virtual dub uses a fine grid of markers and from which an x% needs to be OK or else deshaking for that frame is skipped, also you can configure some center area, it works pretty fast (well it still takes time), based on the grid of markers the deshaker can tell how the camera has moved (basedupon the fine grid of point data).

Blender uses only a few markers to follow, but a lot more computation seams required and is slower. Although blender can do other 3D tracking things too, as it uses different math. Blender has lots of controlable options, to improve a live video, about borders, or markers ; where deshaker seams more end result focused how smooth should the rotation be or XY translation, how smooth do you want adaptive borders to zoom etc.

Blender has the big plus of reading directly .mov files
Having one workflow tool is well awesome… but not if it takes to much time
So then for deshaking when would you prefer to use Blender over Deshaker ?
Are there situations in which Blender should give better results ?

If i asked this question on a virtualdub forum, anyone would point me to use virtualdub, but i like to understand more reasons for prefering blender for this, if there are.

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if you are going to use tracking in blender. if you are only going to stabilize the footage you dont need all the 3d prep processing. either way keep a copy of your original footage incase you change your mind. by the way you just need to instal quicktime into virtualdub. virtual dub once set up can read .mov

Well somehow i got some codec conflicts with quicktime,after some update (canon windows apple or another codec???) it stopped working; it isnt a big problem, the work around to convert to avi works fine using other software or Blender, i am more interested into why / when people would prefer under what circumstances Blender for 2d Deshaking. Since it works different; perhaps in some situation its preferable ?

Blender’s tracker is much much faster than Deshaker for vdub, as it only needs to analyse a small section or two of the clip. However it isn’t that great at continuous tracking of pans or dolly shots. Basically you get to centre a feature and lock its rotation. Otherwise you must retroactively animate the original pan or tilt as an offset of the stabilized shot. Also there is no in built function for stabilized overshoot other than zoom crop of black frame.

Also check this work out. I hope that it gets into Blender