Using Warp Stabilizer to fix shaky video in Premiere Pro with the ZenBook Pro
The ZenBook Pro is the perfect PC for video editors. Up to a quad-core 7th.-gen Intel processor, NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti gaming-grade graphics, high-speed 1 TB SSD, and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM provide all the power you need for handling big files and applying intensive effects. We want to make sure new owners are getting the most out of the software available. That’s why we’re going to run through the steps necessary to use the Warp Stabilizer in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 to make shaky footage more steady.
What is warp stabilizer?
Warp Stabilizer is a way of removing camera shake. This is done by shifting the perspective of individual frames so that subjects in the middle stay as close to still as possible. This warping effect will cause the final video to crop a bit closer than the original, so you’ll lose some footage around the outside of the frame, but the final movement will be much more smooth.
- Open Adobe Premiere Pro and the project you want to work on.
- Identify the clip you want to stabilize. If it’s a new project, you can simply drag and drop the footage from a folder directly into Premiere Pro to import it, then drag it from the project window in the bottom-left to the timeline in the bottom-right. If necessary, use the razor tool (shortcut ‘C’ key) to cut the section you’d like to stabilize.
- From Effects window in the bottom-left, type “Warp” to find “Warp Stabilizer VFX”.
- Drag and drop “Warp Stabilizer VFX” onto the section you wish to have stabilized on the timeline.
- It will take a moment for Premiere Pro to analyze the footage and apply stabilization. Make sure the clip in question is selected on the timeline and click Effect Controls in the top-left to monitor progress.
- Once finished, the Warp Stabilizer will be applied. The Effect Controls for Warp Stabilizer, in the top-left pane (detailed below), will offer a wide range of settings for warp stabilization.
Result: By default, the Warp Stabilizer maintains camera movement simply with additional smoothing, but this can be changed here if you wanted the camera to stay perfectly still.
Smoothness: The Smoothness slider adjusts how much camera movement is preserved, while allowing for a wider crop of the clip.
Method: This determines how the warp stabilizer is applied. By default, it uses Subspace Warp, which warps various parts of a frame differently to stabilize the entire frame.
If there’s not enough data available to apply this warp, Perspective warp is applied, which uniformly pinches the corners of a frame and maintains scale.
Position, scale, and rotation stabilization eliminates the warp used in the other two methods. Try this one if you’re noticing distracting zooming effects in the background of your shot. These are byproducts of using Subspace and Perspective warp.
Finally, there’s the Position method. This won’t scale or rotate frames, and will offer the bare minimum of stabilization.
Preserve Scale: Toggle Preserve Scale if you’re seeing incorrect stabilizing when the camera moves forward or backward, such as during aerial fly-throughs.
Framing: Framing lets you break out individual steps in the stabilization process. With Stabilize Only, you can see how every frame repositions across the working area.
With Stabilize, Crop, the video will put a black border around the outside of the clip for any area that doesn’t have active footage the entire time.
Stabilize, Crop, Auto-scale is the default setting which will zoom in on cropped footage to eliminate the black border.
Alternatively, Stabilize, Synthesize edges instead fills black, cropped edges with expanded original footage from the edge that’s still visible.
Additional Scale: The scale lets you zoom in or an additional amount beyond the minimum set by the Warp Stabilizer.
Rolling Shutter Ripple: A rippling effect is produced on stabilized footage based on shutter motion, but by default, this is automatically corrected. If you’re still seeing some, you can enable Enhanced Reduction.
Crop Less <-> Smooth More: This provides manual control over how much to crop. Pull this down if you want to retain more of the footage.
Synthesis Input Range (seconds): This is used when edge synthesis is enabled, and adjusts sampling based on time range.
Synthesis Edge Feather: This is used when edge synthesis is enabled, and adjusts the smoothness of the transition to the synthesized edge.
Synthesis Edge Cropping: This is used when edge synthesis is enabled, and trims the edge of the outside synthesized edge.
Hide Warning Banner: This is a simple interface tweak that disables warning messages on top of the preview pane.
Remember, Warp Stabilization can only do so much. The more wild the camera shake, the greater the cropping and more prominent the background distortion will be in your video. You’re always better off making sure the original footage is stable than you are trying to use aggressive and often unnatural tools like the Warp Stabilizer. That said, for slight camera shake, and modest use of the tool, you can turn unpalatable footage into great footage.
The ZenBook Pro will be able to process your Warp Stabilization quickly with discrete graphics and high-speed storage. Ready to get started with video editing on Premiere Pro? Learn more about the ZenBook Pro here for a strong foundation to work with.