The Digital RVer: Did you take a shaky video? It’s easy to fix!

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By Chris Guld, Geeks on Tour

I hope you’ve discovered that your smartphone camera takes great videos, and videos add so much to the experience of your memories. Even just 15-second clips, combined with your photos, can bring your memories to life in delightful ways. But any time you are hand-holding your phone while taking video, you run the risk of it coming out shaky.

If you are using an Android device and the Google Photos app, you’re in luck. There’s a simple, one-click option to “stabilize” your video. Just open the video and tap on the edit button below the video – the middle icon. Edit That will open up the video editing tools.

All you need to do is tap the button at the left called Stabilize, and Google Photos will do all the rest. Notice that you also have the option to trim the beginning or end, and to rotate the video. When you’re done, tap Save a Copy in the upper right. Note: this feature does not exist on the iPhone version of Google Photos. I hear that the app Emulsio is supposed to do the same thing.

The results

The results of using the Stabilize function with Google Photos app on Android

Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She and her husband, Jim, produce a free weekly YouTube show called What Does This Button Do?  They have been Fulltime RVers, popular seminar presenters at RV Rallies, and regular contributors to RVTravel.com, for many years. 

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Wolfe
16 days ago

If you understand that this is both a stabilize and crop function, you may find peripheral contextual video has been clipped. So, if used for sports for example, you may see your favorite player …but not the ball or goal. With only stabilization applied, you’d have the full stabilized video inside a wiggly frame border.

If you have a PC, you may want to look at a freeware called “shotcut’. NOT nearly as simple as a 1-click fix, but powerful enough features to edit movie-quality, multitrack, greenscreened, transitional video if you so wanted.

Carson Axtell
17 days ago

Thanks! Great info! I was completely ignorant of this capability of Google Photos. It is an app I normally avoid using because I don’t like or understand why it organizes pictures the way it does (by date/time), or how to change it…