Shaky Video Fix?

TullyB's picture
Last seen: 10 years 8 months ago
Joined: 09/07/2007 - 4:14pm

I'm brand new to video, and I notice my hands shake some when I'm taping, resulting in shaky videos. Is there an editing program that will help remove that? Thank you. Tully

jetson's picture
Last seen: 12 years 7 months ago
Joined: 10/21/2005 - 4:49am
Agreed - there really is no way to remove shake without a tripod or a balancing device. Spread your feet slightly apart, hold the camera with two hands, take a deep breath before you press record, make sure your elbows are bent and essentially resting against your body. Breathe out slowly while you tape. Also, with hand-held recording, you shouldn't be taping long segments - that should be reserved for the tri-pod.

If your video is that bad, maybe you can edit a sequence of good still frames together along with some music to get through the shaky segments - I know it's not exactly what you taped, but it would be a much better viewing experience!

Good luck.

Brian Alves's picture
Last seen: 10 months 19 hours ago
Joined: 06/13/2005 - 8:14pm
There is no replacement for a tripod or monopod and real shaky footage almost always can't be fixed... but all is not lost.

There are standalone software products, techniques, plugins, special hardware and some editing software that is made for fixing shaky footage or has video stabilization built right in.

Standalone Software

ArcSoft's Video Stabilizer

DiGiStudio digital video stabilizer

Software with stabilization built in:

Avid, PowerDirector, Shake and Ulead Video Studio - just to name a few.

Plugins and filters

Final Cut Pro has a few filters like the smooth cam filter and the image stabilization filter:

DeShaker filter for Virtual Dub

FXstabilizer for iMovie


The StableEyes video stabilization system


An editing technique to use in any editing software is to to enlarging the video, then cut off the edges to stabilize it.

After effects:

TullyB's picture
Last seen: 10 years 8 months ago
Joined: 09/07/2007 - 4:14pm
Thank you so very much! I wondered if it was something that would get better as I practiced, or if it was just the way I am. I'm glad I didn't decide to be a brain surgeon. I"ll try the suggestions and check out the software. I just downloaded a trial version of Premier Elements to play with. Haven't looked at it yet, I bet I'll be back with questions within minutes....Thanks again. Tully

diningroomProductions's picture
Last seen: 10 years 8 months ago
Joined: 09/08/2007 - 2:38pm
One item to keep in mind is that most if not all "deshake" software works by "zooming" the original footage and then shifting while cropping the frames to eliminate the "shake." This of course will degrade the footage quality. Some software packages are better at this than others. This should be an absolute last resort of course.

One item you may want to invest in is a "Monopod." This will be a tremendous help to you in the future. More convenient to carry around than a tripod and can usually be used in ANY situation which would require hand held over tripod. I've found the additional weight hanging from the bottom of my camera when I do need to lift the monopod from the ground helps me to steady my "handheld" shot.

I purchase cheap units ($18.00). When I inevitably damage it I can economically replace it. Cheap means cheap X-D but still much more stable than handheld.