July 12, 2011

YouTube stabilization: Nice!

I read a few months ago that YouTube was planning to offer video stabilization for one’s uploaded clips. It’s not easy to find, but if you go to youtube.com/editor, you can drag a clip into the project timeline, then press the little magic wand icon to show the editing UI. The process is a bit convoluted: Why you can’t just set a flag to stabilize video on upload, or see this UI during the upload/tagging process, I don’t know. Perhaps that’s coming, and meanwhile it’s a little lame to pick nits with a free, fast service.

I’ve tried only one test movie so far, but I’m quite pleased with the results. Here are before & after clips. (Note that stabilizing a clip will result in a second copy on YouTube, requiring you to copy over captions, tags, etc.)



Posted by John Nack at 8:30 AM on July 12, 2011


  • Derek Pell — 9:05 AM on July 12, 2011

    That’s killer, John!

  • Nat Brown — 10:05 AM on July 12, 2011

    If I read the body language right: screw the image stabilization, music, and wheezing — lets just to the sugar!

    [Oh, precisely! We’d just awoken Henry from a deep slumber, and you can see the sugar take him from zero to hero in the corresponding gallery. –J.]

  • Aseem Agarwala — 10:43 AM on July 12, 2011

    But did you try Warp Stabilizer on it? I’m hoping we did better!

    [Not yet! Maybe I can try that next. (There was only so much geekery I could get into while on nominal vacation. It can be hard to use pro tools when kids are doing their Lilliputian routine on one’s legs. ;-)) –J.]

  • Handyshop — 3:31 AM on July 21, 2011

    Very cool, the difference is absolutely remarkable

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