Ways to stabilize your video

Many of the times, or actually all the times, if your camera doesn’t have any stabilisation tools or features, the footages will definitely tend to shake. Hence, my main purpose of this post is to enlighten you on the ways you can make your footages more smooth and crisp.

1st: Using Gimbals Or Electronic Stabilisers

Different kinds of gimbals
Gimbals exists in many different variations.

This is what most people use as it is the most convenient and reliable way to stabilise your footage. If you are new to cameras or action cameras and not sure what gimbals are, I have written a post about it here.

Gimbals are by far the best way to stabilise because no extra editing is required and it also acts as a monopod or a way to hold your camera.

However, as the saying goes, nothing is perfect, and for the case of gimbals, it isn’t perfect too. Gimbals, although are able to stabilise videos, once over a certain limit, are unable to stabilise and the video will become shaky again. Having said that, most of the time, like 99%, you are using the gimbal in its operating, stabilising range.

Check out my top recommendations for gimbals here!

Internal and External Gimbals? Built-in Gimbals?

Many people think that gimbals are always external and is something that you attach it to the camera externally and is treated as another mount or accessory that is able to stabilise the camera. This is true most of the time, however, due to technology advancements, some companies are upping their game by making a camera that has a built-in internal gimbal while at the same time remaining compact, portable and reliable.

 

Cameras with built in stabilisation
Left: Revl Arc                                   Right: Sony XDR3000

 

A few examples of these would be the Sony-XDR3000 or the Revl Arc Camera which really changes the market and the expectations of people because you are able to obtain stabilized video without having to purchase an external stabiliser.

2nd: Using digital software to stabilise

Many softwares out there you can easily use

There are many softwares that can be used to correct your shaky video or footage. If you are using a Mac, iMovie or Final Cut Pro, apps that can be easily downloaded, can be used really easily to do so. On the other hand, if you are using a Windows PC, there are tons of apps such as WonderShare Filmora, Windows Movie Maker and many more.

A note would be that if you have any editing software, there is a high likelihood that it is able to do edit a shaky video because digitally correcting your shaky video is a very basic function and I feel most, if not all apps are capable of doing so.

Another thing to note about digital editing would be that although it is able to edit no matter how shaky it is, digital software has a con. It will cut off some parts of the footage. You will understand more when you actually try editing it because it is not possible to not crop anything.

I will soon do a post and tutorial on each of the best softwares out there and how to use them, such as Premiere Pro, After Effects, iMovie and Final Cut Pro.

However, for this post, it is simply to give you a general idea as to ways you can stabilise your shaakkkky videos.

Summary

For me, if you were to ask which method I would choose, I’d definitely choose having an external gimbal. Although having a gimbal require money, unlike softwares which you could technically get for free nowadays, 😛 I feel that it is a worthy investment because editing isn’t required and it also acts as a mount or monopod for you. If you are looking for one, I highly recommend the ZhiYun Smooth Q which I wrote a review about here.

Having said that, if you are not willing to invest a lot, because gimbals can be quite costly, you can utilise softwares which you could easily obtain and edit. Editing can also get a little messy especially when there are many clips to edit.

That’s all for now. If you have any questions, queries or anything in general, please feel free to comment down below!


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4 Comments

  1. Well I have to admit I knew nothing about cameras before today! Now I know a little bit more, so that’s great. Is a gimbal better than a tripod? I love all this information, it’s so detailed and clear. It’s great to know what all of my options are and that I could use software too. By the way a tutorial would be great, looking forward to seeing that.
    Thank you!

    1. Glad I enlightened you! Gimbals are actually movable tripods because both stabilises video but I feel a gimbal is more ideal in most cases because it is lighter, less bulky and portable thus you can bring around anywhere with ease.

      As for the tutorial, I am going to do it soon so stay tuned!

      Cheers, Kai

  2. Hi Kai,
    That is a serious gadget for your camera if you are really serious about filming. I have done my own videos just on my iphone so its good there is one also available for that as well. It’s also good to know there is editing software as well for the shaky motions. Gosh everything can be fixed these days! Thanks for a very informative article.

    1. Hi Sharon! Glad it helped! 🙂

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