To Stabilize or Not to Stabilize…That is The Question!

To Stabilize or Not to Stabilize…That is The Question!

My favorite aspect of video is being yourself and shooting YOUR style. Video is a medium in which you can show the world what you see through your own eyes. From animation to CGI (Computer-Generated-Imagery) to documentary, every style can be seen in a different way.
Something I’ve learned over my years of shooting video, is whether I should stabilize or not stabilize that shot? This is a fun predicament to be in. It all depends on the style of your video. Sometimes your video will use all stabilized footage or maybe it will use all shaky-cam footage. When we provide digital marketing videos for companies online, we like to use a mix of both stabilized and non-stabilized footage…for the most part. It gives the viewer some contrast and feeds their inner A.D.D.
Could you imagine a movie like Saving Private Ryan with every shot stabilized? It would come off SO fake, and wouldn’t give the viewer that feeling like they’re in the middle of everything. Instead they would feel like they’re behind a camera. Obviously with pan and swooping shots you need it stabilized but when your getting that close-up look and wanting the viewer to feel as if they’re part of it all, keep it shaky.
So hopefully you aren’t asking this question after you shoot all your footage. Make sure to keep stabilization in mind before and during your shoots.  There is always warp-stabilizers within Premiere Pro and After Effects, but taking your time to set-up your shot with stabilizing equipment or just simple placement will make a huge difference in your footage. Now go get creative!
James Palmer
James Palmer
jamesp@kreativelement.com
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