10 Best Video Stabilization to Reduce Wobbly Motion with Ease

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

There are roughly three types of shake that may occur in your video shooting workflow: handheld camera shake, motion blur, and rolling shutter. While you can rely on different techniques for video stabilization, including accessories like handheld/gyro gimbal stabilizers, camera sliders, etc., DIS techniques (digital image stabilization), lens-shift stabilization, sensor-shift stabilization, stabilization filters in video editing software and others.

However, gimbal stabilizer and slider require a steep learning curve; DIS may crop your videos and cause distortion; lens-shift/sensor-shift corrections are for high-end cameras. That said, video stabilization software has been likely to be the best bet to majority for its accessibility and ease-of-use. The following is a breakdown of the 10 best video stabilizer software that helps you weigh up each option before pulling the trigger.

VideoProc stabilization software
Video stabilization software on computer

#1. Best Video Stabilization Software - VideoProc

Platform: Windows and macOS

VideoProc is the perfect balance between power and ease of use when it comes to video stabilization. Whether you do stabilization for GoPro sports videos, walking videos, drone footage, etc., VideoProc has always got you covered. What you need to do is to import your shaky footage to the program, and regulate parameters in Deshake controls. This video stabilization software will automatically analyze and makes your video file smoother.

The conversion speed is what has impressed me the most about this video stabilization software. Its hardware acceleration squeezes out power from the graphics card, which allows more efficient renders for high-definition clips (4K, 8K, etc.) and computationally-intensive formats put some advanced video editing software to shame (they may spend like 30-mins to an hour on stabilizing per clip).

Most importantly, it stabilizes a video without cropping part of your video out. It's well-known that DIS reduces jarring effects by changing the rotation and position of visible frames when the camera vibrates, which is prohibitive to some.

Less noted but equally significant, VideoProc supports a wide range of file formats, including MOV, MP4, MKV, H.264, H.265, VP9, VP8, and many more. So it basically recognizes all the shaky clips from different camera devices.

VideoProc Deshake controls
Reduce wobbly camera motion from clips with VideoProc

VideoProc - Best Video Stabilization Software for All-levels

  • Deshake controls make a shaky video steadier with one-click.
  • GPU acceleration radically lightens loads on the processor and spends less time on renders.
  • To achieve stabilization without cropping or zooming.
  • VideoProc's profile library supports tons of video file formats.

#How to Stabilize a Video in VideoProc

Step 1. Once VideoProc is downloaded and installed, launch it on your computer.

Step 2. Select the Video option on the main interface and head to +Video at the top to import your shaky footage.

Step3. Select an output format you want in the Video entry in the lower area. And go for Toolbox > Deshake.

Step 4. To yield a stable result of your footage, adjust the parameters on the right. By the way, you're allowed to stabilize part of your video by specifying a time range.

Step 5. Reset a directory to store output clips and click Run to start rendering.

How to stabilize shaky footage in VideoProc

#2. Free Video Stabilization Software - Windows Movie Maker

Platform: Windows

You might be thinking that Windows Movie Maker is just a free video editing software for making simple edits, adding background music and transitions. Virtually, you can use it to remove shakiness appearing in your clips. More so, it's super easy to use and needs less training.

Movie Maker gives you three types of controls of video stabilization. Anti-shake is completely an automatic mode to remove the wobble in your clips. The second one, Anti-shake and wobble correction - low, reduces shakiness as well as applies a filter to correct rolling shutter, which is designed for DSLR cameras. The last one, Anti-shake and wobble correction - high, shares the same ability with the previous one, while it's dedicated to mobile phones and handheld cameras.

How to stabilize shaky footage in Windows Movie Maker

#3. Video Stabilization Software for Apple Fans – iMovie

Platform: macOS

iMovie stabilization does a great job. You can take it to reduce the appearance of shake in the highlighted clip so that it plays steadily. Plus, you can easily fix rolling shutter distortion and choose how much correction is applied to the clip in iMovie.

However, this video stabilization software works by zooming in the frame, so you lose some information at the edge of the video. It's worth remembering that the higher the amount of stabilization, the more frames to be cropped. One more thing is that iMovie stabilization is not quick. You should be ready to let it run overnight. So it would not be a good option when you have a tight deadline.

How to stabilize shaky footage in iMovie

#4. Advanced Video Stabilization Software – Adobe Premiere Pro

Platform: Windows and macOS

Adobe Premiere Pro has always been reliable to handle shaky footage. You are allowed to reduce the camera movement or remove all camera motion from the footage for smoother playback using the Warp Stabilizer effect.

After testing out Premiere Pro stabilization, there are a number of helpful tips for your reference. A long-time project of stabilizing is a herculean task for Premiere Pro, because the Warp Stabilization effect analyzes the footage frame by frame and compare it to the frames before and after. It's very CPU intensive and could result in the analyzing taking forever issue.

How about toggling the Proxies settings? Would it be a good go? As you might have guessed, the Warp stabilization is a special effect that always displays and use the Full Res in Premiere Pro.

How to stabilize shaky footage in Adobe Premiere Pro

#5. Full-fledged Video Stabilization Software - DaVinci Resolve

Platform: Windows, Linux, and macOS

With the new release of DaVinci Resovle 17, Resolve has moved closer and closer to a full-fledged video editing software. You can do stabilization, video/audio edits, color grading, visual effects and more in Resolve.

There are a total of three modes for video stabilization that can produce different results based on different algorithms in Resolve. You can switch between them if one mode didn't work best for you. They are Perspective, Similarity and translation. If the stabilizers of use are not satisfactory to you, then you can enable Camera Lock which removes all motion from the clip but it will zoom in your footage a lot.

How to stabilize shaky footage in DaVinci Resolve

#6. Video Stabilization Software for Windows – VSDC

Platform: Windows

VSDC had to be one of the best video editing software in terms of video stabilization. You can smooth out wobbly camera movement in a single click with less quality loss using VSDC. Generally speaking, images will be steady by increasing the Shakiness rate. But if you want to remove all the bumps from the clips, you can apply Smooth zoom to get a smoother playback result.

Note that the VSDC video stabilizer is only available in the pro version. This limitation, of course, isn't a deal-breaker for me, because all the advanced features, such as masking, motion tracking, multi-color Chroma key, real-time voice-over, hardware encoding, as well as the stabilizer, are completely available.

How to stabilize shaky footage in VSDC

#7. Open Source Video Stabilization Software – Shotcut

Platform: Windows, Linux, and macOS

Shotcut Stabilization also gets my vote. It's a free and open source video editing software that can tame beastly shaky footage into relatively smooth shots and make an unusable clip usable. The stabilization filter has four default settings: Shakiness, Accuracy, Zoom, and Smoothing. You can adjust how much the settings are used in your clip by moving the sliders.

But pushing all of them to the limit won't be a great idea most of the time. Your footage will lose many frames at the broader and your project will take time to be completed.

How to stabilize shaky footage in Shotcut

#8. Entry-level Video Stabilization Software - Virtualdub Deshaker

Platform: Windows

VirtualDub is a free and robust video editing software for Windows with many amazing features such as video compression, splitting, adding audio tracks and more. But the real benefit of Virtualdub is very extensible. To eliminate camera movements in your clips using Virtualdub, you can download a video stabilizer plug-in for Virtualdub. It can work with shaky footage from many devices, including Canon/Casio/Nikon/Kodak cameras, GoPro action cam, mobile phones, etc.

How to stabilize shaky footage in Virtualdub Deshaker

#9. Best Video Stabilization Software for Sony – Catalyst Browse

Platform: Windows and macOS

Catalyst Browse is to Sony is what GoPro Studio is to GoPro. It's a footage management tool for the newest Sony recorders and decks (memory cards, SD cards, etc.) to browse and play media files, view file metadata, make simple edits, do color correction/grading and video stabilization.

view file metadata, make simple edits, do color correction/grading and video stabilization. It allows you to fix wobbly camera motion using metadata from the clips. That said, if there are no gyro metadata available from your clips, the video stabilizer greys out. And there are two modes of video stabilization: Auto and Manual. It's recommended to take the manual mode as you can take full control of the cropping ratio of your videos.

How to stabilize shaky footage in Sony Catalyst Browse

#10. Video Stabilization Software for the Aspirant - After Effects

Platform: Windows and macOS

Another Adobe product in my list. I promise that this article is 100% not an affiliate for Adobe, and the fact is that After Effects is the yardstick when it comes to producing visual effects. If all the video stabilizers previously described didn't work for your footage or made your footage terrible to view, you can take a look at After Effect stabilization with trackers. This is a good option to stabilize a clip without distortion.

How to stabilize shaky footage in Adobe After Effects

Last Words

Video stabilization software is not a panacea, not something you should always depend on during creation. And it's should always be a last resort, after tripods, monopods, gimbals and DIS. But let say you didn't have any gear attached when shooting, video stabilization software can makes your useable clip usable.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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