how to stabilise videos

If you own an action camera be it a SJCAM, Eken, ThiEYE, GoPro or Yi,  you should probably already encountered shaky videos because the video stabilization in action cameras are generally pretty bad. If you are new to filming, you’ll probably be cracking your head, wondering why it’s like that and how the clips in movies are so smooth.

3 Easy Steps to Stabilising Videos for Any Editing Software

  1. Open the App and Import Media

  2. Select the Media and Apply the Stabilising Filter.

  3. Export and Save Media. Done.

That’s really it! I have a couple of softwares you can use for absolutely free below.

Some Free Softwares You Can Use For Windows and Mac

If this is not the first web page that you have seen, chances are other websites are recommending those professional editing softwares which can cost a few hundred dollars but I feel it is really a waste of money because your main aim is to stabilise your videos and at most just adjust a bit of the exposure, saturation, etc and any free editing apps you can use will definitely suffice.

Below are some of the softwares I feel is the best because I feel that if you are only mainly using it for stabilising, you do not really need such a good app as apps out there are really expensive and can cost you a bomb.

The 3 steps that I have listed above are used in all these softwares below, which I have classified based on your operating system that you are using for your convenience.

Without further ado, let’s begin.

If you are using Windows:

1. Windows Movie Maker

free video stabilizer software windows movie maker - stabilising GoPro Action camera videosWindows Movie maker by default should be already preinstalled in your computer and all you have to do is search it in your start menu.

However, in the case it’s not, you can download via this link here.

This app is great for beginners because it has a very easy and user-friendly interface and best of all, you already have it. Below is a tutorial on how you can use it.

2. DeShaker – VirtualDub

best free video editing software gopro

DeShaker is a plugin to the app VirtualDub, which you can download via this link.

You can download the app, VirtualDub here.

This app is really easy to use because its main feature is stabilising videos and thus they made it a really simple process to do. You can follow the video below if you wish to know how.

This is the fastest method in this list of comparison of the video editing softwares after the first time you have installed it. It is also one of the most in-depth add-on I have seen, better than many professional editing apps out there.

If you are using Mac:

iMoviewhat is the best video editing software for gopro imovie mac

iMovie, like Windows Movie Maker, should be preinstalled in your mac when you purchased it and you can simply search for iMovie in your spotlight to find the app. This app is free has a very neat looking interface and is super simple to navigate around and will definitely be able to easily stabilise your footages. Below is a video tutorial on how you can use it.

If for somehow it is not on your Mac, you can download for free via this link. 

Doing it Online

what is the best video editing software for gopro youtube editor

There are many ways you can do online, which is a very easy process and one easy example you can use it is YouTube.

However, doing it online, although simplifying the process, is quite time-consuming because you have to upload it online which will take a bit of time.

However, if you have the time to spare and want an easy solution, you can consider doing it online.

YouTube Editor

You can head on to the Youtube Editor to stabilise your video now!

Conclusion

So to conclude this tutorial, I’d like to say that the apps above that I have listed is what I have used before when I was a beginner and have no prior knowledge of editing but I still found it really easy to use.

For those apps that you have to pay money for, I feel that they are a little too complicated for someone who wants to complete a simple task like stabilising and thus these apps are honestly worse than the free apps that I have listed above for you.

Having said that, I’d still like to say that at the end of the day, it’s about experimenting with different apps and finding what suits you as there are tons of apps out there that is capable of doing this.

If you want to know other ways of stabilising your videos such as not having the need to edit, check out my post on how you can do that here.

If you think I missed out any software that are worth commenting or have any questions at all, please feel free to drop a comment down below! I’ll really appreciate it! 

Lastly, thanks for reading and have a nice day! 🙂


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6 Comments

  1. It is true. There is an app for that. 🙂 . I never knew it though. But I should of knew it. I use Youtube for my video stabilization. I just learned how to use it. Now I need to take the time to learn more of how to use the Video Editor.

    But it is nice to know that there are other options out there just in case. Some people might not want to use Youtube for whatever reason. Including me… Thanks!

    1. Glad it helped! 🙂

  2. Hi, thanks for this tutorial, I’ve been scratching my head as to why my vids were so shaky. I thought I was doing something seriously wrong in the filming process.

    But as its Action cam footage I couldn’t think what I could do to improve it. actions is be nature a bit shaky. But that shakiness doesn’t always look good on the video!

    Great to know there are free and easy software solutions to fix the problem!

    1. Hi Steve, glad it helped! 🙂

  3. Yes! Thank you for this information. I have a GoPro and have noticed that it is difficult to get a smooth cut of footage. The shakiness is distracting and takes away from the video. I have been shooting videos for awhile and wish I had learned this information before now. This was a good article how to best approach this, I appreciate it!

    1. Hi Heather, glad it helped! 🙂

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