How to stabilize shaky footage in HitFilm

by birtanpublished on September 2, 2020

A shaky camera can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the type of film you’re trying to make. It can increase the feeling of danger and put you right in the scene. Sometimes, though, camera shake can be distracting and it would be better if the shot were completely still. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to quickly remove camera shake using the built-in point tracker in both HitFilm Pro and Express. To stabilize your footage, first put it into a composite shot. You can do this through either the Media panel or the Editor timeline if your video is already there. Select the

Footage layer and come into the Controls panel. Click the plus icon next to Tracks. Position the red box over a defined point in your video, that is visible throughout the scene. If you want to stabilize the rotation of the shot as well, change the Type to Double Points, and position the new box on another area in your video. HitFilm will look for what’s inside the red box inside of the green box for every frame. Grab the center point of the track and move it to the center of the frame. You

Can use the X and Y coordinates in the bottom right of the Viewer to get it exact. Now press the Track Forward button. Change the Purpose to Stabilize and hit Apply. Return to the Viewer screen and you’ll see that your video has been stabilized. In the Controls panel, increase the Scale of the video and adjust the Position if necessary to hide any edges that are showing. And that’s all there is to it. If you missed last week’s tutorial you can find it here.

Leave any questions down below and I’ll see you in the next video.

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