February 28, 2017

Premiere's Warp Stabilizer Effect Can Actually Be Effective—Here's How

Shaky footage? Don't fret.

Premiere's infamous Warp Stabilizer, built to correct unwanted camera shake in post, can lead to mixed results. Many editors stay away from warp stabilizers, but we've been noticing them more and more even on big budget feature films. Post-stabilization usually means resolution loss, frame interpolation artifacts, and wavy footage, but it can be a lifesaver when applied subtly. This basic intro to warp stabilizer from Justin Odisho will help you understand where to start and how to maximize the usefulness of the commonly used effect.

When I use Warp Stabilizer, I tend to bring my smoothness to below 20% and try to keep cropping to a minimum with the "Crop Less <--> Smooth More" function. One of the things people forget about Warp Stabilizer is that you can make handheld shots with minimal movement into a tripod shot with the "no motion" parameter. For somewhat more in-depth video on getting the most out of your Warp Stabilizer, see Story & Heart's tutorial (2/4):

There are more powerful software alternatives to Adobe's box-ready Warp Stabilizer that some editors prefer (like ReelSteady), but—for a free effect—it's hard to argue with. As with most post-production issues, the subtler the need for correction, the more effective it will be.     

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Warp Stabilizer improves with every update and is hard to beat. one thing that helps me is to bump up your shutter speed to remove motion blur.

February 28, 2017 at 11:53AM, Edited February 28, 11:53AM

Benja Lockridge
News Manager/Director/Cinemtographer/Screenwriter

Thanks for that tip...

March 6, 2017 at 3:38AM, Edited March 6, 3:38AM


I use it all the time, works extremely well, particularly with decent source footage.

February 28, 2017 at 2:20PM

Spence Nicholson
Writer / Director / Producer

I agree it is a very nice tool to have, but people overly rely on warp stabilizer.

The quote in this article "But we've been noticing them more and more even on big budget feature films." Shows that it is not good enough to not notice, the warping of perspective and motion blur artifacts when stabilized looks horrible.

Tripods Monopods Sliders all day.

When you have elements in the foreground and the background is moving you cant at all make stabilizing look any good

March 1, 2017 at 2:25AM, Edited March 1, 2:25AM


The Warp Stabilizer has saved my many a times. Very nice tutorial. You should also check these guys Premiere Pro tutorials too. Lots of useful.

March 1, 2017 at 12:46PM