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Video Editing 101: How to Stabilize Footage in Premiere Pro

Logan Baker

Shaky video got you down? Fret not. Follow these super-simple steps to stabilize footage in Premiere Pro.

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New to Premiere Pro? Welcome to the wonderful world of video editing. One of the most basic must-know video editing maneuvers is stabilizing shaky footage. This task is ridiculously simple; you are only seconds away from correcting an “unusable” shot.

Step 1: Activate Warp Stabilizer

Get your shaky clip in front of you. Open up Effects and choose Video Effects. Scroll down to Distort and double-click Warp Stabilizer. You can also click and drag the Warp Stabilizer option over to your clip.

Editing 101: How to Stabilize Footage in Premiere Pro - Step One

Step 2: Clip Analyzation

After executing the first step, Premiere Pro will analyze the clip. This will take a minute, but you shouldn’t have to wait too long.

Editing 101: How to Stabilize Footage in Premiere Pro - Step Two

Step 3: Okay, There’s Not Really a Third Step

BOOM. Look at that. You did it. Easy, right?

Editing 101: How to Stabilize Footage in Premiere Pro - Step Three

For even more control and precision when fixing your footage, open up Effects Controls for Warp Stabilizer and you can watch each frame be analyzed. You can also change the Smoothness to work with your footage; if the stabilizer is too jarring, you can turn it down and play with the effect in any way you want.

For a full walkthrough, check out this quick clip from Video DSLR Tutorial.


Got any tips for working with shaky footage? Let us know in the comments!