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.
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.
Check the Video Tutorial on How to fix shaky video footage with Filmora video editor below:
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
Drag the target shaky video into the timeline, and double click on it (or click the "Edit" icon on the tool bar) to open the editing panel. Select the Stabilization option from the menu. Then Filmora will analyze and stabilize the targeted video automatically.
Step 3. Fine Tune Stabilization Level
Click the Play button in the preview window to preview the shaky video. 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 OK and the video clip in the timeline is stabilized by Filmora and you can apply other editing options like adding filters, transitions, effects, titles, etc.
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 Lens Correction Tool in Filmora easily .
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. How to Stabilize the Shaky Video in Davinci Resolve
Let me show you how to stabilize the shaky footage in Davinci Resolve.
Now I have some shaky footage in Davinci Resolve and I will smooth most of the bad shades.
1. Import the footage.
Import the desired footage in Davinci Resolve interphase.
2. Stabilize the shaky footage.
So I will select the footage and go to stabilization under the Inspector. Make sure it’s ON.
Hit the Mode and open up the drop-down list and select the Perspective. This list shows how advance you want your stabilization to be and perspective is the most advanced one so we will select that one.
3. Zoom the footage.
Check the Zoom box because there is no way to stabilize the footage without zooming. If you do not check the zoom button you will get the black bars around the corners of the footage which does not look professional.
4. Crop the footage.
The next is Cropping Ratio, move the sliders to adjust the zoom level. Slide it towards left for max zoom and slide towards right for min zoom.
When you have 4k footage you can zoom more and get better stabilization without losing to much quality but when you want to stabilize 1080p footage may be you do not want to zoom too much because it will lose the image quality.
5. Smooth the footage.
Then is the Smooth, move the slider towards right to make the footage buttery smooth. If the slider is towards left, you will still see some hand help movement.
6. Strength the Footage.
Finally the Strength is for how strong your stabilizations be. Move the slider towards right for the maximum strength.
Now click on the Stabilize tab.
It will smooth the footage and you can play to see the difference, how smooth it is and looking natural.
This is how you can stabilize your footage in few clicks and try to find a balance between good stabilization and natural looking footage.
7. How to Stabilize the Shaky Video in Final Cut Pro
Here I am going to show you three easiest ways to stabilize your shaky video.
1. Slow down the Video.
The first way to stabilize your video in final cut pro is by slowing it down.
Import the desired clip into the timeline and select the clip. It’s a little shaky video and let’s try to smoothen it to look better.
Press shift + F to review the media browser.
In the info window under the inspector, you can see this clip is filmed in 1920 X 1080 aspect ratio and 60 frames per second. My timeline is 24 frames per second, so there’s a lot of room to slow it down.
Select the clip in the timeline and press ctrl + R for windows and command + R for Mac to open the re-time menu.
Click the drop-down menu and select custom.
You can now slow your clip down by entering a slower rate of playback, or if you select Automatic.
Final cut pro will adjust your frame rate based on your clip frame rate.
So now the clip is slowed down to 40 percent.
If you play this clip, you will observe the footage is very less shaky and a lot less noticeable.
2. Final Cut Pro Stabilization.
The second method for stabilizing clips in Final Cut Pro is a built-in image stabilization function. It will crop in on your image and make it stable and smooth.
Drag the clip into the timeline and select the desired footage to apply the function.
Select the Stabilization checkbox down at the bottom under the video inspector option.
Final Cut Pro will analyze your clip and apply what it thinks the best stabilization option for the footage.
Drag the smoothing slider towards right or left to increase or decrease the stabilization of the clip.
The more you increase the settings will crop the image in video more.
Select the Tripod option, it will take all the movement out of your clip and it will look like your camera was on the tripod at the time of capturing shots.
There will be no camera movement.
3. 3rd Party Plugin (FCPX Stabilizer)
The third method in stabilizing the video in Final Cut Pro is by using 3rd Party Plugin. There is a number of great stabilizing plugins out there but I am using FCPX Stabilizer 2.0 from pixel film studios.
With this type of plugin, you select a particular area on the video clip to focus on and track the clip accordingly.
The plugin then creates keyframes for the position of your focus area that you can apply on your clip. This changes the position of every frame in your clip to keep the focus area in the same spot throughout your entire clip.
You can either select and track a specific area on a moving subject or use a static part of your background to focus on.
Selecting and tracking a moving subject will give you a similar effect that was used in the power beats pro commercial.
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.
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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