How to Easily Fix Shaky Footage in Premiere Pro

You can now stabilize your shaky footage without having to leave Adobe Premiere Pro. Here’s how you can best use the Warp Stabilizer effect.

Every film maker at some point films some shaky footage for many reasons. When you come home from a full day of filming, you transfer your footage onto your computer only to find out you have shaky footage. Then you think, 'oh this is going to take me ages to fix', you then sit there to try and fix it or dump it! Now there is a quick way to stablize shaky footage.

Warp Stabilizer is more than capable of stabilizing your video. Several years ago, if you wanted to reduce camera shake, you would have to jump over to Adobe After Effects to stabilize your footage. Now, you can just stay inside of Premiere Pro without disrupting your workflow.

Let’s get started.

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How to Stabilize Your Footage with Warp Stabilizer

  1. Apply the Warp Stabilizer effect from the effects window under the distort tab.

  2. Allow Warp Stabilizer to analyze your footage. You can continue to work on your edit during this process.

  3. Adjust the Smoothness parameter to the best setting for your footage. Keep in mind that you may not need a high percentage value. Something as low as 5-10% may be sufficient.

  4. Adjust the Crop Less <-> Smooth More parameter to bring back any unwanted crop or to smooth out your footage even more.


Issues to Look for When Using Warp Stabilizer

Noticeable Warping

When Warp Stabilizer is finished stabilizing, your clip may look smooth, but there may be noticeable warping in the background areas of your shot. Be sure to pull back on the smoothness parameter and adjust the crop settings within Warp Stabilizer.

Too Much Cropping

Sometimes, in order to get a clean stabilized shot, Warp Stabilizer may crop your clip too much and cut out essential parts of your shot. To help fix this issue, adjust the Crop Less <-> Smooth More parameter.


Do you have tips on how to stabilize your footage? Let us know in the comments.