August 25, 2015 at 4:39AM


Intentional Handheld Camera Effect?

I'm new to filmmaking and I was wondering how this effect is achieved? Where the camera footage looks slightly shaky as if it were being held handheld?

Here's an example of what I mean:

Thanks in advance.


There are two commercial products I've seen for professional video production that enable an artificial hand-held look, one was a camera mount with a large rubber ball trapped between two metal rings that allowed the camera to be slightly jiggled ( by a 2nd person ) as the camera operator shot the scene. The second device was similar but it uses large metal springs between two camera mounting rings, so that a 2nd person can wiggle the camera while shooting.

I am also guessing that there must be a software plug-in for After-Effects that can create the same type of artificial hand-held movement in post by slightly cropping the image and then moving it about within the frame of the original image. This is probably what I would look for because it could be applied to any footage and the amount of movement could also be adjusted to suit the shot.

Free After Effects Preset: Handheld Camera

August 25, 2015 at 7:53AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I think the best way to get footage that looks handheld is... well, to shoot it handheld. Not to be snarky, but it's obvious that this footage was handheld. Anyone who knows how to shoot at all knows you can just hold the camera. Yes, you can use software, but why would you? Although I actually think you might be getting confused by how the footage looks because so much of it is in slow-motion, which gives the handheld look a little different.

August 28, 2015 at 2:52AM

Edmund Lloyd

Shoot handheld.

With heavier setups rubber rings, springs or 3 tennisballs taped together are used to give the camera that 'unstable' look, while it is actually mounted on a support to prevent the operator from getting 'destroyed' by shooting handheld with a too large, too heavy or clumsy camera.

Adding shake in post is only decreasing your resolution and increasing your time in post.
And it is not the real thing.

November 26, 2015 at 6:36PM

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