Great question p1frank! Brian

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AvatarDaniel Bruns
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Great question p1frank! Brian is right. As long as your background isn't moving incredibly fast, After Effect's Warp Stabilizer effect is definitely the way to go especially if you've shot your footage on a DSLR. I've used it on many a shaky wedding video to great effect – even for pan and tilt shots. The trick is to tell the Warp Stabilizer in After Effects (or in Premiere for that matter) that the clip is in "motion" rather than static or "no motion." There is a drop down menu in the Warp Stabilizer plugin where you can select this option. In addition, Warp Stabilizer has a ton of parameters that you can set which allow you to fine tune the "best" (with shaky video there is never a perfect, only a best) settings for your video. You can even tell Warp Stabilizer how much cropping you're comfortable with and how much scale and it will fix the video accordingly.

 

That being said, you could also try a peice of software called vReveal: http://www.vreveal.com/. It has a well-priced stabilizer that may be your best path to success. I've never used this tool extensively so you'll probably want to download a trial first before purchasing the full product to see if it performs as well as you'd like.

 

Also, if you're using Final Cut Pro, there is a filter called SmoothCam which does an incredible job at reducing shake in video even if the original background does move out of frame over time. You might also want to consider using that plugin as well.

 

In the end, it comes down to personal preference, budget, and workflow considerations before you'll know which plugin is the right one to purchase. I'll admit, it's not fun to be tasked with fixing shaky video but if you keep realistic expectations, you won't be disappointed. Good luck!

 

Dan

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