Steady Handheld Videos Without a Tripod

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You may not realize that you’re recording a shaky shot when you’re shooting, but more often than not, the problem is caused by poor handling of your camcorder. Holding camcorder properly can be a little tricky, but possible. Shaky recordings are lot of work to improve during editing, with attention to camera holding, you can improve video quality greatly!

Sometimes no matter, how careful you are, you will end up with shaky footage, like when filming scenery from a moving car or have a GoPro on your head, while hiking. We can significantly improve video quality, but for now, lets focus on how to better hold your camcorder. We gathered a few techniques, that you may want to try next time you are about to capture a memorable moment and you don’t have a tripod handy. Watch this video to demonstrate.

Standing Posture

Most shaky shots result from poor standing posture. Don’t stand as if you’re on a tightrope. Don’t stand with your feet close together. If you do, your body will be stiff and your movements uneven and more often than not, you’ll end up with shaky shots. Stand with your feet apart, 45 degrees outward. If you need steadier support, stand with one foot in front of the other.

Proper Elbow Rest

Chances are you’ll not get steady shots if your elbows are floating in the air. To get better support for your elbows, rest them again against your chest or ribs.

Use Both Hands

It may look a little awkward if you hold your camera with both hands, but you will get more steady shots Most camcorders are light these days, you’ll need a firmer grip.

Lean or Kneel

Look around you. Is there a tree or a wall around you? Lean on it with your legs spread out. You’ll become a rock steady `tripod’ and rest assured of steady shots. Kneel on one knee and use your lap as support for your elbow to stabilize your camcorder.

On the Floor

Best position to capture baby moments, cats or dogs. Lie down on the floor, stomach down, and rest both your elbows on the floor for support,

Avoid Zooming Unnecessarily

The zoom is a convenient tool often misused, especially by beginners, who may feel uncomfortable about getting near a subject. Zooming in and out causes unsteady shots, not to mention zooming in, while you’re holding the camera unstable will magnify the shaking. Zooming can be applied beautifully during the editing process.

Flat Surface

Look for a flat surface like a table and place your camcorder on it. If you require more height, stack books or boxes. Use Image Stabilization Feature. If your camera comes with image stabilization feature, use it. Go for optical image stabilization instead of digital to get stable shots.

We can help you improve video quality and turn your memories into great little films.

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