So, you drank too much coffee and now your handheld shots are a bit shaky. Fret not. You can still stabilize your shot in post. Final Cut Pro X has a built-in image stabilization feature that helps you smooth out that unwanted shakiness. Bonus: It’s really easy to use.
Let’s get started.
How to stabilize your shot
Drop the clip that you want to stabilize into your timeline.
You can only stabilize an entire clip, and not a portion of a clip. So you’ll need to use the Blade tool to trim the exact portion you want to stabilize.
Choose the Inspector button. If you don’t see it, hit ⌘4 on your keyboard.
In the inspector window, choose the Video button.
Next, check the box next to Stabilization. Automatic settings are applied and Final Cut Pro X begins stabilizing your footage. Good robot.
Step 6 (optional):
Now, if you’re happy with the results, you’re done. You can also tweak your settings further, if you’d like. Click on Show (next to Stabilization). From here, fine-tune your video’s stabilization based on your preferences. The higher you move the sliders, the more aggressive the stabilization correction is. The translation smooth slider effects movement on the x and y axes (left, right, up, down). The rotation smooth slider effects rotation around the center point. Finally, the scale smooth slider effects movement on the z axis (that’s forward and backward movement).