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Cool Videos: What video stabilization does to shaky cam movie footage

06.02.2014

We all complain about the amount of shaky cam footage that pervades movies these days. Whether it be found footage flicks or the work of directors like Paul Greengrass, unstable cinematography is meant to convey a sense of realism and immediacy in the scene being shown. But, when overused, it just makes you want to throw up.

Advances in technology have allowed for newer cameras to compensate for film stability as well as programs that can fix already shaky footage. So, what happens when you stabilize some pretty recognized moments in film and television?

Take a look below at a pair of videos that appeared online the last few days. One stabilizes some attack sequences from STAR TREK and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. What looked on TV like the bridge of the Enterprise being rocked by a photon torpedo now looks quite silly. Also, take a gander at a fully stabilized edit of CLOVERFIELD. While the amount of shaky cam could not be entirely fixed, it goes to show just how much there was in the monster movie.

Untitled (Cloverfield motion stabilised) from Greatest Hits on Vimeo.

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1:31PM on 06/03/2014
What about the overuse of lens glare? I nearly went fucking blind in Into Darkness!
What about the overuse of lens glare? I nearly went fucking blind in Into Darkness!
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10:06AM on 06/03/2014
Another uncool video uploaded to the cool videos section.

Congrats.
Another uncool video uploaded to the cool videos section.

Congrats.
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7:39AM on 06/03/2014

WTF?

God that was horrendous.
God that was horrendous.
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5:05PM on 06/02/2014
WOW, the cloverfield stabilization actually makes me sick. hahah.
WOW, the cloverfield stabilization actually makes me sick. hahah.
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4:58PM on 06/02/2014
This pointless exercise proves absolutely nothing, other then the fact that the maker of this video doesn't understand motivation.

Shaking the camera during an earthquake or an explosion is a common motivated technique that has been used since the days of black and white. It's a calculated effect to draw an emotional response to an environment that is literally shaking. Shaking the camera when two people are talking, or when someone is on the phone, then that is unmotivated shakycam. Some
This pointless exercise proves absolutely nothing, other then the fact that the maker of this video doesn't understand motivation.

Shaking the camera during an earthquake or an explosion is a common motivated technique that has been used since the days of black and white. It's a calculated effect to draw an emotional response to an environment that is literally shaking. Shaking the camera when two people are talking, or when someone is on the phone, then that is unmotivated shakycam. Some filmmakers do this to emulate the look of a documentary, as they believe it adds a sense of legitimacy to the fiction (which is debatable).
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7:01PM on 06/02/2014
Relax. It's just a video meant to be funny.
Relax. It's just a video meant to be funny.
3:12AM on 06/03/2014
You were voted "Least likely to have a sense of humour" in high school, weren't you.
You were voted "Least likely to have a sense of humour" in high school, weren't you.
4:50AM on 06/03/2014
@Saunderizer: that made me laugh.
@Saunderizer: that made me laugh.
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