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How to Stabilize Shaky Videos with Premiere Elements

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Jun 11, 2024• Proven solutions

In the age of Smartphone cameras, shaky videos have become a frequent issue that often ruins otherwise perfectly captured moments. Recordings of your favorite songs from a concert or of that magic moment you shared with your friends can be lost forever just because holding your Smartphone perfectly steady wasn't really an option. Luckily, many video editing programs provide an image stabilization feature that can be used to stabilize shaky videos, and unless the video is too shaky they can be quite effective.

Adobe's Premiere Elements is equipped with the 'Shake Stabilizer' feature that proved to be very successful in stabilizing shaky videos. In this article, we will show you how to use this feature effectively and we will provide you with alternative solutions that are faster and easier to use.

How to Stabilize Shaky Videos with Premiere Elements

There are two different ways in which you can stabilize a shaky video in Premiere Elements. You can either apply the 'Shake Stabilizer' to your video from the editor's Quick View or Expert View depending on how much time you want to spend on stabilizing a shaky video. Needless to say, attempting to stabilize videos from the Expert view is recommended since users can have more control over the process.

1.Adding Shake Stabilizer from Quick View

If you don't want to spend too much time on image stabilization process, then applying Shake Stabilizer from Quick view is the best choice for you. In order to access the Quick view, click on the Quick tab and select the video clip on the timeline that you want to stabilize. Afterwards, click on the 'Adjustments' tab in order to access the adjustments panel. Select the 'Shake Stabilizer' feature from the menu that emerges on the screen and you will be offered a choice between two different modes. The 'Quick' mode will take less time to analyze and stabilize the video, but the results may not be as good as they would be in the 'Detailed' mode.

The 'Detailed' mode performs a thorough analysis of the video you would like to stabilize, but be prepared to wait a bit longer until the process is complete. After you selected the mode, 'Shake Stabilizer' will be added to the 'Applied Effects' panel in which you can see how much time remains until the stabilization process is completed.

2.Adding Shake Stabilizer from Expert View

Applying the 'Shake Stabilizer' from the Expert view provides you with a much better control of the process, which is the reason why it is better suited for Premiere Elements users who would like to achieve the best possible results. Click on the Expert tab, to access the Expert view and then head over to the 'Adjustments' panel and select the 'Shake Stabilizer' feature. Like in the Quick view you will be offered the choice between a 'Quick' and 'Detailed' mode, but in the Expert view, you'll also have the possibility to access the advanced options. Click on the advanced button to adjust 'Smoothness', 'Crop VS Smooth', Rolling Shutter Ripple and other options that will make the stabilized video look much better than the video processed in the Quick mode.

Once you have adjusted the settings in accordance with your needs the 'Shake Stabilizer' will appear in the 'Applied Effects' panel. You can perform other editing tasks while your video is being stabilized and once the stabilization process is completed, you can preview the achieved results in the editor's preview window.

A Faster Way to Stabilize Shaky Videos with Premiere Elements Alternative

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Premier Elements is unquestionably a great video editing software, but stabilizing videos in this program may be a bit too complicated for inexperienced video editors. Wondershare's Filmora will enable you to stabilize your shaky videos in just a few simple steps. Import the video you want to stabilize or drag and drop it to the video editor's media library and then right-click on the video. From the drop-down menu, select the 'Video Stabilization' option and wait for the 'Video Stabilization Window' to appear on the screen.

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Directly below the preview window, you will see a slider that will enable you to select the part of the clip that needs to be stabilized. Once you've positioned the sliders, click on 'Analyze Shake' button to commence the stabilization process. After the process is completed, you will be able to preview the before and after videos and to adjust the smooth level. Click 'Save 'to complete the process, after the video stabilization is over the video clip will be automatically added to the media library.

The Filmora video editing software enables action camera users to stabilize shaky videos captured by these cameras with its Action Cam Tool. Select the Stabilize option in the Action Cam Tool window and simply increase or decrease the adjustment level.

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Liza Brown
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