Giving a professional vibe on all of your YouTube videos doesn’t have to be too complicated. For many vloggers, the key is to keep the footage shake-free. So long as you can maintain a stable and smooth shot during recording, the end result of your video will likely look cinematic; no matter what it is you’re shooting.
Now there are quite a few techniques when it comes to getting smooth and steady footage. If you do it like professionals, the cost you have to afford can easily soar beyond your budget. If you’re not interested in breaking your bank just to buy top-tier stabilizing tools, the following tips should help you sort out the situation.
Get a Video Stabilizer Software
In case you don’t know, there are a number of options of video stabilizer software that can help you turn your nausea inducing footage to a professional looking video. Some of the best ones are Adobe Premiere Elements, Avisynth, and Wondershare Filmora. You can Google more about it and choose the one that suits your budget. This kind of software is usually easy to use and doesn’t have a steep learning curve. The only catch is it falls short when used to stabilize videos that have too many shaky movements in it. You can force the software to handle the wobbly mess, but the end result won’t look too good. It’s as if your video had been excessively computerized.
Anyway, many mid-range and premium cameras today also come with software-based image stabilization right out of the bat. They use their processing power to stabilize your footage. If this sounds interesting to you, you should check out these best vlogging cameras for YouTube.
Use Slow Motion Editing
This one may not be applicable for all situations but rendering your video in slow motion can ease up even shakiest mess. Some abrupt jolts may look just like smooth gliding movements if you play back the footage in slow motion. To get a natural looking slow motion video, you will need a camera that can capture videos in high frame rate. I’d say 60fps is the minimum. From there you can use your editing software to slow down the footage to your liking.
Record in 4K Mode
Cameras that come with 4K capture capability not only have the advantage of producing better video quality, but may also give you extra room to wiggle around during editing process. The high amount of pixels allow you to do some radical cropping without compromising the overall quality of the video. The sudden and shaky movements on your footage can be made look far less noticeable by scaling in and out to create some sort of zoom-in look. Alternatively, you can just pan and move the footage around to make it as if like the camera was moving. Obviously, you won’t get the same depth as you would by actually moving the camera when shooting, but it gets the job done pretty well.
Use a Stabilizer
At the end of the day, you can’t deny that the best way to get a stable and smooth footage is by using a stabilizer. It may be expensive, but it makes a big difference too, especially if you’re moving around a lot when filming your video. The motorized gimbal stabilizer such as DJI Ronin is easier to use than the manual model like those manufactured by Glidecam, but it’s also more expensive.