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How to Add a Shake Effect to your Videos via 3 Hot Editors

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Sep 07, 2021• Proven solutions

Have you ever seen visual effects in videos that automatically make them shaky or wiggly? Well, that is exactly what the “shake effect” can do to your videos. It would automatically make it look as if the camera is shaking while taking the video. In this way, you can easily add effects for events like an earthquake, accident, or any other calamity.

To help you add the shake effect to your videos, I will provide tutorials for three hot editors – Wondershare Filmora X, Adobe Premiere, and After Effects. For your convenience, I have included tools for beginner, intermediate, and professional levels that would meet the requirements of every video editor. Let’s begin!

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Make your Videos Shake with Filmora X [for Beginners]

Filmora, popular with both beginners and professionals, offers the simplest way to make shake effects. Don’t worry about the complicated settings or even video footage, it’s all covered in one stop! Now let’s see how easy and fast can it be to add shake effects to your footage.

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Step1Import your footage

Always the first step—pick your footage and import them into Filmora.

Quick Tip: Clicking Import or directly dragging your footage into the Import Zone.

For those who are ready to perform their editing skills but find no suitable footage, Filmora offers a huge amount of various resources to choose from. Add wonderful pictures, hot gifs, and trending videos from Giphy, Pixabay, and Unsplash to your clips!

materials library of Filmora

Step2Add effects and transitions

Now let’s add some cool stuff to your video footage.

Quick Tip: Open Transition in the upper options, where you can find all the stunning transition effects, including 3D, speed blur, fractal noise, and so on.

As shown in the example video, you can see Wormhole1, Flip Roll2, Cross Roll2, Fisheye Roll1, Fisheye Roll3, and so on. With Filmora, you can still bring more shakes.

Quick Tip: Opening Effect>Filters>Shake. You will find Chaos, Extreme, Mild, Sideways, and other more effects.

Select the effect you want and drag it into the upper track of the timeline, then the effect will apply to your footage.

drag to the timeline

What’s more, don’t forget to add filters to your footage, and it’s another simple magic, just as adding an effect.

Quick Tip: Select Effect>LUT>Sunny day, and drag it into the upper track of the timeline.

Here we go! By this single step, you created an amazing video with a shaking effect.

Step3Share your project

With Filmora, you can share your works with your friends by archiving projects. It’s also a fast way to replace your materials for teamwork. Your friends can open the projects you send and see the same projects as on your computer.

Quick Tip: Hold Option/Alt, drag the new material into the timeline to overlay the material you don’t want.

Isn’t it convenient? Download the example project to have a try!

archive projects

Add the Shake Effect in Adobe Premiere [Intermediate Level]

If you are into video editing, then you might be familiar with Adobe Premiere. It provides a wide range of editing options with tons of presets that you can use to meet your editing needs. Though, compared to Filmora X, using Adobe Premiere can be a bit complicated.

To implement the shake effect in Premiere, you need to first duplicate the video, and take the assistance of keyframing to implement the effect. Here’s a stepwise approach that you can take to implement the shake effect in Adobe Premiere.

Step1Create a Sequence and Duplicate your Footage

To start with, just launch Adobe Premiere and load the video footage that you want to edit. Once the video has been added to the timeline, you can come up with its sequence.

Adobe Premiere Create Sequence

Now, move the footage to the sequence and duplicate it (by pressing the Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V keys). You can also just hold the ALT key and drag the footage to a new layer to duplicate it.

Adobe Premiere Duplicate Footage

Step2Add the Transformation Effect

Once you have duplicated the video, you can find the place where the shake effect has to be added and trim it with the razor tool. Afterward, you can just go to the Effects section from the sidebar, search for the “Transform” effect, and add it to the sequence.

Adobe Premiere Transfer Effect

Great! After adding the effect, you can go to the “Transfer Motion” feature from the effects section. Here, you can adjust the position, click on the stopwatch, and start the animation. You can also edit the zooming and scaling features to customize the shake effect results in Adobe Premiere.

Adobe Premiere Shake Effect

Step3Apply Keyframing and Motion Blur

Following the same approach, you can apply a keyframe just before and after the action where the shake effect has to be implemented. Try to move the footage over the position manually.

You can go to the Effects section to add the “Cross Dissolve” effect that would let you apply motion blur seamlessly. Move forward a few keyframes, reset the parameters, and uncheck the “Use Composition Shutter Angle” feature to get better results.

Adobe Premiere Motion Blur

Implement the Camera Shake Effect with Wiggle on Adobe After Effects [for Professionals]

Just like Adobe Premiere, you can also implement the shake effect in After Effects. For this, you can take the assistance of the Wiggle utility feature in After Effects. It can be used to implement effects like camera shake, light effect, vibration, and so on.

What is Wiggle in After Effects?

In nutshell, Wiggle is an inbuilt JavaScript utility in After Effects that can be used to scale, rotate, move, or adjust any layer in a random fashion. The complete syntax for using the wiggle command is as follows:

wiggle(frequency, amplitude, octaves = 1, amp_mult = .5, t = time)

Though, in most cases, we only deal with the frequency and amplitude of the object that makes the syntax as follows:

wiggle(frequency, amplitude).


 Adobe After Effects Wiggle

Here, the frequency would be the number of times you want an object to be moved while its amplitude would denote how much it can move up and down in the frame.

Examples of Wiggle in After Effects

The first parameter in the Wiggle utility is for the frequency value. Here, you can see how the change in the frequency value and make the object move around.

Adobe After Effects Wiggle Frequency

Furthermore, if we change the amplitude of the value in the Wiggle command, then it can make the object move accordingly.

Adobe After Effects Wiggle Amplitude

Now, let’s use both the frequency and amplitude parameters together. Let’s say you have entered the wiggle (5,10) command. It will have the following effect and would make the object move randomly.

Adobe After Effects Wiggle Example

How to Implement the Wiggle Command in AE?

At first, you can just place different layers at the timeline in After Effects. Select any layer to edit and press the P key to view its position parameters.

Adobe After Effects Position

Now, go to the Position parameters and press ALT (on Windows) or Options (on Mac) to get a stopwatch. Click on the Stopwatch icon to get the transform position feature on the side.

Adobe After Effects Wiggle Stopwatch

Lastly, just go to the “transform. position” parameters and replace it with wiggle (x,y) where x and y would signify the values for its frequency and amplitude. This would let you customize the shake effect results in After Effects.

Adobe After Effects Add Wiggle

There you go! By now, you would know that it is quite easy to implement the shake effect in leading video editors like Filmora X, Adobe Premiere, and After Effects. Out of them, Wondershare Filmora X has to be the most user-friendly and professional video editor that is equipped with tons of features.

As you can, you can add shake effect to your video by simple drag and drop actions in Filmora X. Apart from that, the video editor provides hundreds of other stunning effects, transitions, captions, and more. In this way, Filmora X would meet all your editing and post-production needs without undergoing any unwanted hassle.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.