Whip pans can be done in many ways, with or without equipment. “I’ve done them handheld, I’ve done them on stabilizers,” says videographer Nainoa Langer. “It just depends on how quickly you get the camera away from whatever you’re shooting.”
Regardless of gear, you’ll need to plan ahead if you want to add a whip pan transition to your next clip. Though you can add a whip pan in post-production, it can be easier to work with when you do it in-camera. “It just looks more intentional," Liesinger says.
Consult your storyboard to see where whip pans might fit naturally into the plot. Use a shot list to ensure you capture them in-camera during your shoot. Take into account your shutter speed before you start to shoot. If your speeds are too high, the motion blur effect you desire will come across as unnatural. Very rarely will you get a whip pan that’s perfect in one shot, so be sure to shoot multiple takes to find the ideal blur effect on your next clip.
If you need to fine-tune your footage, Adobe Premiere Pro is more than up to the task. You can add effects to your work that recreate in-camera techniques like a whip pan.