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Access professional video editing tools, precision colour grading, and 8K 32-bit editing with the all-in-one video production suite. With HitFilm Pro’s lightning-fast performance and intuitive interface, video editing has never been so easy.

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How to stabilize shaky footage in HitFilm Express

Don’t have access to a tripod or gimbal? No problem! Stabilizing your shaky, handheld footage is an easy process inside HitFilm and can really help to increase the production value of your shoot.

A shaky camera could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the type of film you are trying to create. Camera shake can be used to increase the feeling of danger and immerse the audience into the scene. However, occasionally camera shake can be distracting and a scene would be better off without it. In this tutorial, you will learn how to stabilize shaky camera footage using the built-in Point tracker in HitFilm Express.


To stabilize your footage, begin by importing your clip into a HitFilm Project, then add it into a composite shot. Once imported, select the footage layer and navigate to the Controls panel. In the Control Panel, select the plus icon beside Tracks and position the resulting red box in the viewer over a defined point in your shot – this point needs to have a lot of contrast and be visible throughout the entire scene. HitFilm will look for what’s inside the red box inside the green box for every frame. 

How to stabilize shaky footage in HitFilm Express - inserting Double Point Motion tracking points

If you want to also stabilize the rotation of the shot, introduce a second point by changing the Type to Double Points and positioning the new box over another area of your video.

How to stabilize shaky footage in HitFilm Express - altering centre point position

Next, drag the center point of the Track to the center of the frame. You can use the X and Y coordinates in the bottom right of the viewer to get the exact location. Then, press the track forward button, change the Purpose to Stabilize, and hit Apply. If you return to the viewer tab, you should be able to see that your footage has been stabilized.

How to stabilize shaky footage in HitFilm Express - the resulting tracked footage

Lastly, in the Controls panel, adjust the position and scale of your footage to hide any edges that are showing. Now you have stabilized your footage!  

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Hannah Odebode

Hannah Odebode

Hey! I'm Hannah, the intern! I'm the person that gets to answer all of your questions and respond to your lovely comments on our socials. I have a great love for all things thriller/horror-film related and my favorite film as of yet is Parasite. 😊
Hannah Odebode

Hannah Odebode

Hey! I'm Hannah, the intern! I'm the person that gets to answer all of your questions and respond to your lovely comments on our socials. I have a great love for all things thriller/horror-film related and my favorite film as of yet is Parasite. 😊