Stabilization in Camista

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WHEN will STABILIZATION be added to Camista Studio????
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Please add stablization feature. It would make editing so much easier. I just did it on Youtube but took forever to load then extra time editing to match up into existing footage. It would be great if we can select short sections to be stablized and make editing so much faster. 
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Agree!
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Rick Stone

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One thing that newer folks may miss is the fact that Camtasia is rooted in recording screen activity. As such, there was never any need for stabilization. Later, there was an ability to record webcam in addition to screen activity. And even then, there was no need for stabilization. Now we are seeing many folks arrive and wanting to treat Camtasia as a fully fledged video editor along the lines of Adobe Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas.

I'm not saying it will never be added, just adding some background information to alert folks as to why this "basic" feature doesn't seem to exist in Camtasia.

Lastly, I'm a user same as anyone else here. I don't proclaim to be affiliated with TechSmith other than to be a fan of their products.

Cheers all... Rick :)
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After several years of people asking for it..... regardless of it's "roots" they still don't have this.  It is an ongoing request and they ARE a video editing software. They should have it. 

I have had issues with camtasia and how their software works as a whole.... which is why this evening when I needed image stabilization again I did a search to see if Camtasia was going to add it anytime soon, only to find that yet again another update (cough*** upgrade) and it still doesn't have it. Time for me  to find a new company. 
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Yeah, that would be nice. It would save me a trip to YouTube.
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jim

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Yes, we need Stabilization in Camtasia, Please
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Would be really great if videostabilization would be in Camtasia. Hope soon, cause otherwise our company has to look at other software with that option!
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Kimberly Scott

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As you can see this thread is about a year old... with no word from the company. I haven't upgraded or plan to continue to use them. We have already started using Adobe Premiere if you are a mac user I cannot think of the name but there is a program that only runs on mac that is amazing with image stabilization among other things. It has almost made me switch to mac just for that!! lol
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You are talking about Final cut pro... which also has a stabilization feature.
My company and I are also very disappointed not to see such a feature delivered with the software.
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2 years later! UP
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LogMeJim

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Highly needed feature - We’re editing user-submitted videos which means varied quality including shaky video - this would make Camtasia more useful.
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ditto
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this workaround can be used to stabilize short segments ...

How To Stabilize Shaky Video 2017-12-11
http://www.screencast.com/t/GQAQrNVi

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Thanks,  But not really practical to stabilize video 
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It would be great to get that feature. Once it's in Camtasia, in most cases I won't need Vegas anymore. Thanks.
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Here's my best advice from someone who films a lot of video...

1. If you need to stabilize video after the fact, I recommend you subscribe to Adobe Creative cloud and download After Effects. Then run Warp Stabilizer. It takes a long time to process and can only do so much, but that's better than nothing. I think you can get access to a single Adobe app for like $20 a month or something. You can usually find deals for $30 a month for the entire CC package, and then if you only need it once, you can just cancel your subscription. Then you're only out of $30. Honestly...having a Creative Cloud membership is definitely worth it just for AE, Photoshop and Illustrator alone. 

2. Camtasia can only be expected to do so much. Between screen recording, e-learning, video editing and now the request for video stabilization, we're asking it to be a $200 alternative to Captivate, Premiere Pro, and After Effects hahaha 

If we want Camtasia to do literally everything related to design then I might as well be the first to ask for vector graphic editing capabilities haha

3. This is the most important bit of advice... The time to stabilize your video is during production. Many cameras, either in the body or in the lens, have some amount of stabilization. Make sure it's on. I'm not saying this to be preachy--I once filmed an entire wedding not realizing I forgot to turn it on. I spend DAYS in After Effects running very short clips through Warp Stabilizer. Never again! Also, consider investing in a decent gimbal. I purchased a DJI Ronin-S that I use with my Sony A7III, and it helps tremendously. I can do handheld shooting or set it up like a mini tripod and then control the super smooth movement from my phone. If you do a lot of shooting, GET A GIMBAL! :)
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I agree with everything you said. But... It doesn't really help for 10-year-old footage shot on a DV, or footage shot on a Smartphone on the fly, etc.

Also the beauty of Camtasia is that it is easy to use, even for newbees, yet one can create very compelling videos to share on social media without needing to be an expert in the Adobe Cloud ecosystem.

Image stabilization would fit in neatly as an additional visual effect in the Visual Effects tab without making the UI more cumbersome.

Vegas Movie Studio 16 integrates image stabilization as an effect, and it is in the same price range or even less expensive than Camtasia, depending on the version one chooses.


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I hear ya. I suppose my point with #3, for those future folk who stumble upon this thread, is that video stabilization in post should be considered a last resort. It can only do so much without warping or cropping your footage, depending on what you're using for stabilization.  

I honestly think that visual effects are just as lacking as text editing abilities in Camtasia. You think they'd add a package of filters or something at the very least. 
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You might grow old and gray before TechSmith offers video stabilization.

For 90+% of you. You can pick up a copy of Corel Video Studio 9 Ultimate for around $20 from Amazon. In the USA that is.
It's a 2016 version but it comes with ProDad Mercalli image stabilization.


Version 2019 is shown below.I think Mercalli 3 may have shipped with CVS9. But even the older versions work quite well. Some newer formats might not work with version 9.


Mercalli full version cost like $300. Its a stand alone editor and has more features. But for most stabilization the Corel plug in is all you  need.

It's the cheapest way I know to get there.You own it for life and can even upgrade to a newer version using your $20 key.

Theres some things about Corel VS I highly disapprove of.But $20 Mercalli isn't on the list }:>)

You have to purchase the Ultimate version to get stabilization. 

Regards,Joe
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I'm curious to see how their stabilization works compared to others that are out there--have you had a chance to test it? 

Another option is Premiere Elements (https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html). The latest version retails for $59.99 and probably less if you're a student or nonprofit. I had to use their shake stabilizer a few times in an older version and it wasn't terrible. I assume it has gotten better since then. I would recommend you trim out the section of your clip you want stabilized and only apply it to that chunk. That recommendation applies to any and all post-production video stabilizers because even the very best software is going to distort your footage more than you want it to in some areas. 

If you like easy-to-use UIs and are doing basic edits, then Premiere Elements is a nice tool to have in addition to Camtasia, simply for the stabilizer and other visual effects you can place on your video. It's nothing compared to Premiere Pro or After Effects, but it's definitely 50 times easier to use. 

And one last comment for the people from the future who find this thread: Don't expect stabilizers to work miracles. They're only intended for small shakes. The more unstable the source film, the more warped or cropped it will appear once "stabilized". Your best bet is to invest in a solid tripod :)
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Mercalli is loaded with adjustable options.



On the few occasions I've used it. The automatic settings have been adequate.


It has split screen viewing options for comparing original to stabilized while playing it back .


It's sold as as plugins for Premiere Pro & After Effects. A few other programs.

My opinion is it's probably better than most.

You can't save all footage using the technique.  Just render the footage at a high enough quality to use it in another project.
For $20 it's hard to go wrong.