How to Use RockSteady Stabilization in HDR Mode?

By Jordi D. Rodríguez Updated: Jun. 3, 2019
RockSteady can't be used in HDR in Osmo Action, but there is a WORKAROUND [liked by 85% people]

A quick word on RockSteady: RockSteady is a type of EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) technique for reducing blur out of camera shaking. It is developed by DJI and used in OSMO Action camera. See which resolutions support RockSteady.

What is HDR video mode?
HDR, High Dynamic Range, is a technique to retain more details in both highlights and shadows by reproducing a great dynamic range of luminosity. HDR vs. SDR, it is hard to say which is better. But do take a lesson in when HDR should be turned on previously, or else you may get fake-looking HDR shots.

DJI Osmo Action HDR Video Mode

Is it possible to use RockSteady in HDR video mode?
Unfortunately, the answer is NO. RockSteady stabilization is not available in all filming modes. For example, if you shoot in 4K 4:3 and 1080p 100fps, the RockSteady option will be grayed-out and inaccessible. But if you switch to HDR mode, there is even no RockSteady option on the screen. That's why video stabilizer software matters as well, helping stabilize HDR videos in postproduction.

Video Mode Aspect Ratio Video Resolution Frame Rate RockSteady Stabilization
HDR 16 : 9 4K (3840x2160) 30, 25, 24fps NO
2.7K (2704x1520) 30, 25, 24fps NO
1080p (1920x1080) 30, 25, 24fps NO
Cut GoPro 4K/2.7K/1080p video
The Workaround - EIS-enabled Video Stabilizer [for Beginners]

How to Stabilize HDR Video of DJI OSMO Action with VideoProc?

Before getting down to business, there are two things required to be prepared previously: the EIS-enable video stabilizer editor and your DJI HDR video.

1. Free download VideoProc trail version (VideoProc for Windows | VideoProc for Mac)
• VideoProc is a video stabilizing app for desktop computer, compatible with Windows 7 to Windows 10 (both 32-bit and 64-bit), and Mac OS X Snow Leopard to macOS Catalina. Download the software and double click the .exe or .dmg file to get it installed right away.

Install VideoProc

• To deshake HDR video on mobile phone, search video stabilizer in App Store or Google Play. But it is more recommended to stick with desktop computer due to the large calculation during editing.

2. Transfer your HDR file to computer local drive
Processing a video file in SD card takes more time than that in computer local drive, and leads to freezing/crashing problems sometimes. So you'd better get the HDR video to computer first. Make sure your DJI OSMO Action is turned on and then connect it with computer through USB cable: Accept "Connect to computer" in OSMO Action > open USB drive > DCIM > MEDIA > find your HDR video and copy to computer hard drive.

Follows the Steps to Stabilize DJI HDR Video

Step 1: Load your HDR video
• Open VideoProc > choose "Video" to get into VideoProc - Video.
• Click "+ Video" > select your OSMO Action HDR video footage from local drive > Open.
Import DJI HDR video in VideoProc
Step 2: Adjust video stabilization settings
• Move down to "Target Format" > switch to "Toolbox" > choose "Deshake".
• Click "Option" beside the preview window > drag the timeline knob to specify the range that needs stabilization.
• Set values of Shakiness, Accuracy, Step Size and Minimum Contrast > Done.
Adjust stabilization settings
Step 3: Start stabilizing HDR video
• Enable "Hardware Acceleration Engine" if there is.
• Set an "Output Folder" to save the stabilized file.
• Press button RUN to start stabilizing HDR video shot by DJI OSMO Action or any other devices.

Video Tutorial: How to Stabilize Shaky 4K Video with VideoProc

This is an example of GoPro video stabilization. But the process is the same to deshake DJI HDR videos. Check it below. The guide starts at [Time-00:11]

Final Words

Just like EIS RockSteady, Stabilization Filter applied in video editor software minimizes blur by slightly cropping video image. Read more on Why video get cropped after RockSteady >

You can't enable both HDR video mode and RockSteady stabilization simultaneously in DJI OSMO Action, but better to have it than not, because you still can film in HDR and then do the deshaking in post-editing. Neither GoPro HERO6 nor GoPro HERO7 have HDR video mode, although GoPro says it supports HDR video. Apparently, there is no HyperSmooth stabilization for HDR video in GoPro. (RockSteady vs HyperSmooth, which is better?) Click the below "Free Download" button to get an EIS-enable video stabilizer.

Resolutions with RockSteady Stabilization Accessible

Aspect Ratio Video Resolution Frame Rate RockSteady Stabilization
16 : 9 4K (3840x2160) 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24fps YES
2.7K (2704x1520) 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24fps YES
1080p (1920x1080) 240, 200, 120, 100fps NO
60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24fps YES
720p (1280x720) 240, 200fps NO
4 : 3 4K 4:3 (4096x3072) 30, 25, 24fps NO
2.7K 4:3 (2704x2028) 30, 25, 24fps YES
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Jordi D. Rodríguez

Jordi was an amateur tech enthusiast, but now an editor who has published hundreds of stories covering hardware acceleration, video editing, software review and how-to guides. He is more like a "tech support" with adventurous soul, eagerly grabbing cutting-edge video technologies off in a professional yet easy-to-understand style, and enjoying gliding, diving, etc.

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