How to Stabilize Video in Premiere Pro 2022.
Playing back your recorded videos only to find out that some of them have that awful camera shake? Sometimes, no matter how good your handiwork is, there will be times when your video comes out a bit off the beaten track. It can make your video look less professional, distract, or blur the subject—all of which you want to avoid.
The creators of Adobe Premiere Pro video editing software anticipated this situation and kindly included a method to stabilize your shaky footage in post-production. It works very well for minimal to medium shivers and can really make your final look more polished. In this Premiere Pro guide, we’ll show you how to apply and use this stabilization effect while editing your video.
How to Stabilize Shaky Video
Before you begin, make sure the video clips you’ll be using have been imported into Premiere. Go to Media Browser. Find the video files you are using on your computer. Select and drag files to the timeline. They will also be automatically imported into the project files.
Now that the clips have been imported and placed on the timeline, you can start stabilizing them with Premiere’s Warp Stabilizer. To do this, follow these steps.
Decide which clips you need to stabilize and select them.
Go to the Effects panel and choose Video Effects > Distort > Warp Stabilizer.
Click and drag it onto the clip and the effect will be applied.
Premiere will take a few seconds to analyze the video and then stabilize it for you. You can then play it back in the preview panel to see if you like the results. If something is wrong, there are several ways to edit this effect in the Effect Controls panel so that it looks exactly the way you want.
How to Edit the Stabilization Effect
If you want to change anything in the stabilization effect, such as movement, stabilization method, borders, scaling, etc., you can change them in the effect controls. Here’s how to use these controls.
Go to the Effect Controls panel.
Look under your warp stabilization effect and open the dropdown if it’s not already open.
Here you will see several options that you can change to get a different stabilization effect.
The first option here is “Result”. This is the type of motion you want the effect to have on your video. You can choose smooth motion or no motion.
You can then change the smoothness of the movement. If you want a little more subtle stabilization effect, you can change this Smoothness effect to a smaller value.
Then there is the “Method” option. This is an important aspect of using the Warp Stabilizer effect, as each stabilization method can be useful in different situations.
The Position method only uses position data in your video to stabilize it.
The Position, Scale, and Rotation methods use data from all three methods to stabilize the clip.
The Perspective method will anchor the frame of your video in a corner to stabilize frame tracking.
The Subspace Warp method stabilizes only the parts of the video it analyzes to be shaky to make the entire video more uniform.
By choosing the right method for your clip, you will get a more natural effect. For example, when using warp stabilization, you don’t want a video that, although it looks smoother, still contains too much movement and distracts from the subject. If you try all the available methods and the video clip still looks like this, it might be too shaky to save.
The “Keep Scale” checkbox under “Method” will preserve the scale of the original footage. Sometimes using a certain method will rescale the footage to get a better result. You can check the “Keep scale” checkbox, but this can lead to video distortion. But it depends on the clip itself.
When using Warp Stabilizer, Premiere will reshape the edges of your video by cropping them for better stabilization. However, if you notice black bars around the video, go to the Crop section to make adjustments.
If you have the Stabilize Only option selected, this is the most likely cause of the black bars. Unfortunately, Premiere doesn’t scale the videos to remove them, so you’ll still see them.
The Stabilize, Crop option can result in even more pronounced black bars. In addition to stabilizing, it also crops footage to give a more stable effect, but doesn’t upscale footage to hide cropping.
If you choose Stabilize, Crop, Autoscale, Premiere scales the footage to remove banding. However, this may result in low resolution videos.
If you choose Stabilize, Synthesize Edges, Premiere will add pixels based on your video and remove black bars. However, this option requires more computing power. However, keep in mind that selecting this option will disable the auto-scaling section as well as the Crop less Smooth more option.
Under the “Crop” dropdown, you’ll see “Autoscale”. This tells you how much your video has been scaled.
1 – You can open this drop-down menu to change the maximum zoom level. You can also change the Action-Safe Margin field, which will add a border to the video.
2 – You can scroll down to change the secondary zoom and scale the video even more if you want.
Here are a few options you should keep in mind to improve your stabilization.
First, there is the “Detailed Analysis” checkbox. If you enable this feature, Premiere will perform a deeper analysis to achieve a better stabilization effect. However, this will require more processing power and result in longer rendering times.
If you have selected the Synthesize Edges option in the Crop section, you can also change the input range here to determine how much of the forward and backward video in seconds Premiere will use to generate the new edges.
You can also hide here the warning banner that appears during video stabilization.
Get Smoother Shots Using Warp Stabilizer in Premiere
Shaky video is one of the last things you need in your video project, but sometimes it can be difficult to avoid accidental camera movement, especially when shooting handheld. Luckily, filmmakers and video editors can count on Adobe Premiere Pro CC for video stabilization if they use Warp Stabilizer. This simplifies the stabilization process and allows you to save video footage.
How to Stabilize Video in Premiere Pro 2022
How to Stabilize Video in Premiere Pro 2022