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Chapter 5. Video Touch-Ups > Stabilizing Shaky Video

Stabilizing Shaky Video

The single most universal bane among homemade moviemakers is shaky video. As a matter of fact, home video and shaky footage are almost synonymous. Video shakiness occurs because most amateur videographers hold their camcorders in their hands while recording video. As we walk or even move while standing in place, our movements (no matter how small) cause the camera to shake. That shakiness is then transferred to our recorded footage.

Professional filmmakers, on the other hand, often have their cameras attached to tripods or complicated rigs that glide along railroad-like rails. These devices help eliminate any shakes to the camera.


  

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