By Stephen Schweickart
Do I need to buy you a tripod to fix your shaky footage? No—no I’m not going to do that, but I will graciously donate my time to help you fix your shaky footage in post.
Drum roll please…without further ado…Adobe Premiere!
This mystical, magical program can fix all your problems—like your arm swinging while you’re holding your camera and your handheld panning. To fix these and decrease the amount of time and workload you’ll have in post, you really should have a tripod with a fluid head mount…since you’ve decided to shoot your avant-garde piece without one, let me drop some Wave Stabilizer knowledge on you.
You have Adobe Premiere open on your computer; you’ve got your masterpiece loaded up, and have it in your timeline. Follow these steps:
- Double click your clip
- In the preview window click on the Effect Controls Tab
- Below that box, click the Effects Tab
- Type Warp Stabilizer in the search box
- When it appears below, click and drag it into the Effects Control window above
- You can release the effect, or un-click your mouse
- Make sure your video settings match the sequence settings
- It will also let you know when you’ve done it right
Warp’s default settings will do a great job, but if you have a fine attention to detail, you can tweak your settings just right and sit back and whistle while you render.
It won’t fix everything, but next time, remember, the more takes the merrier!
Stephen Schweickart is the co-founder of VScreen. For more information on this topic visit VScreen’s site at http://www.vscreen.com/.
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