Video Stabilization: How to Stabilize Shaky Video Footage
You can use some video stabilizer equipment to stabilize your phone or camera when shooting videos around. Or, you can fix the shaky videos in post-production with some vides stabilization software.
There are many of such kind of video stabilizer software today. Some are paid and some are free, some can be used online, while others need to be downloaded to your Windows or Mac computer. The good thing about the paid ones is that they are giving a free trial so that you can try and check how the software runs and how efficient it can be. This ultimately helps them decide whether to get the premium version of the software or not.
In this article, we will share with you some video stabilization solutions with most popular video stabilization software today [both Free and Paid on Windows and Mac] that are widely used by videographers, irrespective if their amateur or pro, read the following below.
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How to Use Top 5 Best Video Stabilizer Software to Stabilize Shaky Videos？
1. Stabilize Shaky Videos with Wondershare Filmora [Windows & Mac]
Wondershare Filmora is a very easy-to-use video editing software while allows you to create professional videos in Mac and Windows platforms. With Wondershare Filmora, you can not only stabilize the shaky video footage, but also offer you multiple editing solutions for creating beautiful videos with ease. What's more, it allows you to export the videos into any format you like, such as MKV, WMV, MP4 etc, you can even burn the video into DVD with Filmora, or upload to social media platform directly.
How to fix shaky video footage with Filmora video editor [Video Tutorial]
Let me show you the detailed information of stabilizing shaky videos in Filmora.
Step 1. Import Shaky Videos to Filmora
After open Filmora, click the Full Feature mode to enter the video editing tools. Now, it is time to import your shaky video footage to Filmora Media Library by clicking the Import button to select files or just dragging and dropping your video clips to the media library.
Step 2. Stabilize the Shaky Video
Right click the target shaky video in the media library, and select Video Stabilization from the menu to enter the video stabilization interface.
Click the Play button in the preview window to preview the shaky video. If you need to stabilize the whole video clip, just click the Stabilize Video button to start the stabilization. If you just need to stabilize a specific section of the video, add the starting point and ending point in the slider and then click the Stabilize Video button. Then Filmora will analyze shakes in the selected video clip.
Step 3. Fine Tune Stabilization Level
After the analyzing is finished, you can see a comparison screen of before and after stabilization, click the Play button again to check the result. When previewing, you can adjust the stabilization smooth level to get a better result.
You can save the stabilized video to the default location or change the saving path based on your needs.
Step 4.Save Stabilized Videos
Click Save and Filmora will create a new stabilized video and this new video will be imported to the media library automatically and you can then drag it to the timeline for later editing.
For the further editing tools that you can use in Filmora, you can check this introduction video below to find out how to edit video with Filmora.
Note: If your video footage is shot with action camera, like GoPro action camera, then you can fix the shaky GoPro videos with the Action Cam Tool in Filmora easily .
2. Stabilize Video with Movavi Video Editor [Windows & Mac]
This is a multifaceted video editing program which has a built-in stabilizing function. If you like to fix your shaky or jittery video, all you have to do is to download this program and follow the simple steps to using it and to finally stabilize your video.
Now follow the step-by-step guide on how to stabilize shaky video scenes easily:
Step 1.Add your shaky videos
Open the software and then click the Add Media Files button in the software's import tab in order to upload your video. You will then see it at the Media tab.
Step 2. Stabilize your video
Stabilize your video. You can start with through dragging the video to the timeline on the program's lower part. Tap the little shaky camera icon over the timeline. Or, you can also do a right-click on the video and choose Stabilize Video. The video player located on the stabilization window's left side allows you to compare the edited and original video through clicking the Preview and Original buttons. Finally, tap the folder icon located close to the Save stabilized copy in order to select the destination where you like to save the video output.
Step 3. Edit and save the video.
Edit and save the video. Once the stabilizing process is done, the video output will then be added to the Media tab and so you can pursue working on it. To further edit your video, you can drag it to the timeline to add artistic music, titles, effects and others. Once you are done, click the button that states Save Movie and pick the right format.
Learn more details about How to Stabilize Shaky Videos with Movavi
3. Stabilize Videos on Mac with iMovie
iMovie is the free video editing software compatible with Mac OS. If you have an iPhone or iPad, this software lets you enjoy your videos and stabilize videos on iPhone too. Its updated version is also compatible with the Apple Yosemite. It allows you to make gorgeous Hollywood and HD-styled footages. If once you are ready to show your masterpiece to the world, you can use its built-in iMovie Theater. You can get more information about how to edit videos in iMovie here .
4. Stabilize Video in Windows Movie Maker
This software is only available in the latest version of Windows Essentials 2012. You should also have a Windows 8 OS to be able to use and take advantage of this feature. Before using this software, make sure you are not doing any other heavy tasks. This is to prevent hangs and other unpleasing behavior.
Step 1. Upload shaky video
Launch Windows Movie Maker and upload the project which has the video that you like to stabilize.
Step 2. Stabilize shaky video
Select the shaky video selection on the program's left-side section. Once the video to the stabilized is selected, the Video Tools will emerge on the ribbon. Click Edit and then click the Video stabilization option. Pick one from the following options: Anti-shake and wobble correction-low, Anti-shake and wobble correction-high and anti-shake.
The program will process your jittery video. Once the process is finished, you can now play the video.
5. Remove Video Shake in Adobe After Effects
This video stabilization software is compatible to both Mac and Windows OS. To use this, follow the steps below.
- Step1: Start a new project through clicking the file button above the screen, ensued by new and then new project.
- Step2: Upload the shaky video you want to stabilize through clicking the File-Import-File.
- Step3: After seeing your video upfront, you need to create a new composition to be able to work on it. This is done through clicking your file and dragging it toward the new composition button located at the window's bottom.
- Step4: To stabilize the video, find the animation button and under it, click the stabilize motion button. This will direct you to another subheading, the Warp Stabilizer where you can adjust effects and motions. A blue ribbon will appear across your video. Let this be until it finishes and change into color orange. When it's done, the orange ribbon will disappear.
- Step5: Convert the format into a movie. To do this, do not export the file. Find the Make Movie button that is under the Composition tab. This makes you save your video into a movie and on your desired destination.
Above are some of the best video stabilizer software that you can use to remove the shake from video and the steps of how to stabilize. I hope it is useful for you when polishing your video footage. If you want to stabilize videos on your Windows and Mac for free without downloading any 3rd party video stabilization software, you can try Windows Movie Maker [for Windows 7 users] and iMovie [for newly mac computer with it built in]. For experienced professionals who also has a high budget, you can try Adobe After Effects. While for beginners and semi-pros who want to stabilize shaky videos without any efforts, we recommend you to try Wondershare Filmora. Besides the video stabilizer tools, Filmora provides almost all editing tools that you may need in video editing.
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