A shaky cam effect is a staple of action movies and found footage horror flicks. But if your video is neither, you need a way to get rid of the shakes to make your footage viewable and usable. Most of the time, you can prevent shakes from appearing if your camera has a built-in stabilizer of any kind. But if it does not – or you forgot to activate it – you can quickly get rid of the shakes in post-production. This article will tackle four ways you can stabilize your videos. If four ways are not enough and you need a bigger pool to choose a tool from, then make sure to learn how to stabilize videos in a handful of other ways. And meanwhile, let’s get down to our top four methods.
1. Adobe Premiere
Adobe products don’t need an introduction. Premiere is no exception. This pro-level is filled to the brim with both the most basic and highly advanced video editing tools. So Premiere lets you do virtually anything with your footage, from simple stitching together to complex FX applications. Let’s see how to stabilize a video with this software.
First, you need to open your footage within the software. Highlight the shaky one if you have imported several clips. Next, you need to go to the Effects tab and find the Warp Stabilizer effect. Do it by simply typing in the name, then once you find it, apply the effect with a double click. And that’s it.
Although this stabilization method seems like an easy job, Adobe Premiere might not be a tool for everyone. First, it’s way too complex for newbies (some might not make it work even with our guide). Then, most users will find the heavy price tag appalling.
2. DaVinci Resolve
DaVinci Resolve is a beloved video editor for pros and fairly advanced users. It has a toolkit similar to Premiere, but the big difference between the two programs is that DaVinci Resolve has a well-rounded and feature-rich free version. So now, let’s see if this gem of a video editor can be used for video stabilization.
Begin with adding your shaky footage to the timeline. Next, go to the Inspector tab and find the Stabilization tool. Now pick the stabilization mode and apply the changes. Your video is now steady.
As you can see, DaVinci Resolve has the tool you need. And the best thing is that this tool is free to use. However, should you go with DaVinci Resolve, prepare to be overwhelmed by its cluttered interface.
If you need a video editor that combines user-friendliness with a rich toolkit, direct your attention to Clipify. This free software is perfect for both newbies and more seasoned users, as it has essential and pretty advanced features. Its clear interface and easy workflow will please any video editing enthusiast. Let’s have a look at how you can employ Clipify for stabilizing videos.
First, open your shaky clip within the program. Next, highlight your footage on the timeline and hit the Edit button. Next, switch to the Enhancement tab and find the Image Stabilization box. Tick it and enjoy your steady footage.
Clipify offers so much more than just easy video stabilization. The software has an automatic video creation feature, with tools for video quality enhancement, myriads filters, and video greeting cards. Sadly, if you are a Mac user, you won’t have access to this free editor.
If using desktop software seems too much trouble for you, you can use a mobile app to remove shake from a video. That would be especially convenient if the footage you want to edit were captured with your phone. Many apps can stabilize your video, but we’ll focus on KineMaster, a free and well-rounded video editing application.
An important note – the default version of the app does not feature a stabilizer. It has to be installed. Once you do, open the add-on, hit the plus button, and import the footage you want to edit. The app will process your video eliminating all the shakes. In a matter of moments, you’ll have a clear, steady clip.
And there you go – now you know a handful of surefire ways to stabilize your shaky videos. So go ahead and remove the hand-held camera effect to produce a movie every viewer will enjoy.