The portability of GoPro and other action cams enable video shooters to get shots nearly impossible with larger cameras. Their smaller size and lighter weight comes at a price – without good stabilization the images are often shaky. Adobe CC offers some powerful tools to get the shake out of shots.
This post by ProVideoCoalition, Improving POV Cam Footage with a few Tricks in Adobe CC shows how to add some smoothness to action cam sequences.
Some Basic Adjustments & Corrections
Starting with good footage may only need a little stabilizing and color correction and you can do this easily in Premiere Pro CC and Adobe SpeedGrade CC.
• Stabilize Footage: a little camera shake is normal whether you've got your camera mounted or hand-held and if it's not too crazy, you can apply the Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro CC or After Effects CC. The Warp Stabilizer is an effect, so once you've stabilized your footage you can make further tweaks and adjustments to it or disable it altogether if you wish. In this example, I've chosen to apply it inside of Premiere Pro CC and left the default settings. Keep in mind that the footage can only be stabilized in a sequence that matches the original footage clip exactly. That sequence can then be placed inside your master project sequence for editing with your other footage clips.
Below is a video example outlining the sequence of processes covered in the article using Adobe CC Video Tools:
Now the footage clip is stabilized, I can add this stabilized sequence to my master sequence for editing. Note that the Warp Stabilizer won't ALWAYS solve your shaky footage. Depending on the amount of lens distortion you have and the amount of shake, the stabilizer may actually make your footage look worse, as if it were shot through a bowl of Jello!
To continue reading the Basic Adjustments & Corrections, check out Pro Video Coalition's article: “Improving POV Cam Footage with a few Tricks in Adobe CC”
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