Stabilizing Video After the Fact

Today’s Post by Mark Toal

I just can’t get used to shooting with a tripod. I prefer using a monopod because it’s easier to move quickly when you’re shooting. Unfortunately, one problem when shooting video with a monopod is that you almost always see some shake in your video clips. In-camera stabilization helps but especially when shooting telephoto video, as in this example, you can’t help but get shaky video.

Fortunately it’s very easy to stabilize your videos in post processing. I use Adobe Premier Elements, which works for both PC and Mac. It’s the best, most inexpensive video editing solution that I have found and is easy to learn.


This video shows before and after applying the Shake Reduction feature as they call it in Adobe Elements Premier. You can choose from either Quick or Detailed reduction; I usually choose the Detailed mode to insure the best stabilization