Gain greater control over the intended stabilization result in your video editing by adjusting Stabilization settings.
Start by using the sliders to adjust the degree of stabilization and cropping. You’ll see a tradeoff between cropping and smoothing. Lower smoothing values are closer to the camera’s original motion while higher values are smoother. Values above 100 require more cropping of the image. This can result in two types of footage:
- Smooth motion (default): This retains the original camera movement, but makes it smoother. When selected, Smoothness is enabled to control how smooth the camera movement becomes.
- No motion: This attempts to remove all camera motion from the shot. When selected, the Crop Less Smooth More function is disabled in the Advanced section. This setting mimics the look of having set the camera on a tripod. It will produce artifacts (strange, unwanted effects) if your camera was actually in motion, like filming from a car. Smoothing is disabled with this setting.
You can also control the counter movements of the Warp Stabilizer on the frame by adjusting the Method, which uses different tracking to find stability with different degrees of complexity. Each time you make an adjustment, you’ll see that the Stabilization restarts, but the analysis won’t have to. Here are the methods Warp Stabilizer performs on the footage to stabilize it:
- Position: Stabilization is based on position data only and is the most basic way footage can be stabilized.
- Position, scale, and rotation: Stabilization is based upon position, scale, and rotation data. If there are not enough areas to track, Warp Stabilizer chooses position.
- Perspective: This uses a type of stabilization where the entire frame is effectively corner-pinned. If there are not enough areas to track, Warp Stabilizer chooses the previous type (Position, Scale, Rotation).
- Subspace Warp (default): This attempts to warp various parts of the frame differently to stabilize the entire frame. If there are not enough areas to track, Warp Stabilizer chooses the previous type (Perspective).
The method in use on any given frame can change across the course of the clip based on the tracking accuracy. Running this edit may take a while.
Lastly, you can control how the edges of the stabilized results appear in the Framing. You have less freedom here than with the other controls, depending on the clip. If you select stabilizing that addresses the edges but isn’t related to the rest of the camera movement, you’ll get black artifacts visible in your clip. The default setting here is Stabilize, Crop, Auto-scale. This crops the moving edges and scales up the image to refill the frame. The automatic scaling is controlled by various properties in the Auto-scale section.
Once your clip is ready, you can move on to the next or finish your project and export it. Warp Stabilizer quickly allows you — in a few ways — to find a solution to shaky video footage while preserving some intentional camera movement to keep things natural. It’s what makes Adobe Premiere Pro a great video stabilization software. No matter how you shoot, you can get after it and then, in post, play around with the settings and sliders until you get the look and feel you want, edge to edge.