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How to add handheld camera shake in Adobe Premiere Pro

Adding additional effects to your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro is a common process after a long day of shooting. You’ll usually be using the Warp Stabilisation function to stabilise your footage, but not today! Here we breakdown the steps to add handheld camera shake within Adobe Premiere Pro.

Why should I add handheld camera shake to my clip?

We know you’re thinking “why the hell would I want to add handheld shake to my clip?” – well, there is a great reason for this.

Imagine you’ve shot your footage and you’re in the editing room and there’s something missing you need to add another 2-second clip to slot into your advert or short film to link the story. You go and buy some stock footage, but it’s too pristine and static.

You colour grade it to match your current colour scheme for the film but it’s still missing something. The footage is too static and looks out of place. To fix this you’d edit it and add an effect to cause it to have handheld camera shake that looks natural but also fits in with your current clips to create a smooth timeline to the story.

How to add handheld camera shake in Adobe Premiere Pro

Now you’ve figured out whether or not you need to add the handheld camera shake to your footage we will dive into the steps to achieving the handheld shake.

  • Step 1: Firstly select a clip you have, it can be absolutely anything as long as it has handheld camera shake.
  • Step 2: Take your camera shake piece of film and layer it directly above the shot you are looking to add the effect too.
  • Step 3: Nest both of the clips together and then apply Warp Stabiliser to it.
  • Step 4: Click on the Warp Stabiliser settings and select “No Motion” and “Position, Scale, and Rotation.”
  • Step 5: Once the Warp stabiliser has undertaken and completed its analysis click into the nest of clips and disable the reference clip.
  • Step 6: Once you’ve done this the Warp Stabiliser changes when applied to your static clip will overwrite – allowing the shake from the original clip to sit in the new clip – you’re all done!

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