How to Fix Shaking in Adobe Premiere

Written by alan donahue
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Adobe Premiere CS5.5 does not have built-in stabilisation features like its effects counterpart, Adobe After Effects. Instead, users can use a third-party plug-in such as Boris FX, proDAD Mercalli or Digital Video Stabilizer to apply stabilisation directly in Adobe Premiere without having to purchase After Effects or switch between programs. Some filters cost money, but users can download a free trial and apply the filter to footage to see how it performs and renders stabilisation in videos.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Third-party stabiliser

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  1. 1

    Download the free trial from the Boris FX website. Fill out basic registration information and select the version of Adobe Premiere you are using. Alternately, install a free trial of the proDAD Mercalli V2 stabiliser plug-in or the free Digital Video Stabilizer plug-in. The installation and process is the same for all three plug-ins.

  2. 2

    Double-click on the installation file so that the plug-ins are automatically installed into Adobe Premiere. Make sure the Premiere software is not loaded before completing this task.

  3. 3

    Open Adobe Premiere and load your project with the shaky footage.

  4. 4

    Drag the footage into the "Video 1" slot of the time line.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Effects and Presets" tab in the lower left corner. Type "Stabilizer" in the box to load the Boris effect.

  6. 6

    Drag and drop the effect onto the video footage. Click on the "Effect Controls" tab to load the settings for the stabiliser.

  7. 7

    Click on the "Analyze" button so that the effect will go through each frame of the video to measure the data and stabilisation.

  8. 8

    Play the video back in the "Monitor" window to see the stabilisation. If there are still shaky parts, use the "Banner" tools to set an exact location for the stabilisation.

  9. 9

    Click once on the banner to select a point and then click again on a second point to make the video stable.

  10. 10

    Press "Enter" to render the final footage and apply it to the project.

Tips and warnings

  • When stabilising footage that is really shaky, there may be some clipping on the edges. Look for small black areas that you may need to crop out of your project.

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