In this video, I will show you how to use Adobe Premiere Pro’s Warp Stabilizer to add camera shake to still footage. You might be thinking, “This is the complete opposite use of Warp Stabilizer! How could this possibly work?” Well, simply watch this video to find out!

How To:

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need 2 things:

  1. A shaky shot filmed handheld
  2. A still shot to apply the camera shake effect to
  3. (And Premiere Pro of course…)

I simply drew a black square on a white sheet of paper and filmed that mark handheld with my camera. You can just as easily (if not easier) place a piece of black tape on the wall and film that too. Whatever boats your float…

Next, get a still shot of anything… anything at all. I guess it doesn’t even have to be still, but I would suggest doing this for more evident results. If you have a tripod handy, use that! If not, just set it down somewhere and hit record!

Once you have your shots ready, import them into Premiere.

After you have your clips imported, create a new sequence from the shaky clip. (Right-click the shaky clip in the Project panel and select New Sequence from Clip)

Once you have your sequence created, right-click the clip in the Timeline panel and select Nest to nest the shaky clip into a new sequence.

Then go to the Effects panel and add the Warp Stabilizer effect to the nested sequence.

Once that effect is applied to the nested sequence, go into the Effects Controls. In the Result dropdown, we want to select No Motion and in the Method dropdown, Position. 

Now all you have to do is wait for the effect to finish analyzing…

Once Warp Stabilizer is finished analyzing, it should’ve removed all of the camera shake from the clip. (If not entirely, that’s ok.)

Now double-click the nested sequence to open it up. Then take your still clip and place it in the timeline. You can either put it on a separate track or replace the shaky clip with the still clip.

Now if you hop back into the main sequence, the movement that Warp Stabilizer analyzed and removed should now be applied to the still clip. 

The reason this works is that Warp Stabilizer doesn’t actual remove camera shake, it counters the movement. (If your camera moves up, the effect moves the clip down. If your camera moves right, the effect moves the clip to the left.)

So basically, Warp Stabilizer moves the clip so that the subject appears to be completely still. Because this effect was applied to a nested sequence, after the effect is finished analyzing, we are then able to switch out whatever is in the nested sequence and the effect with still maintain that stabilization.

Hope you found this tutorial helpful and potentially useful in your own projects. Let me know what you think and if there are any other topics you’d like me to cover in the future!

Aaron Wheeler ACE

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