How to Stabilise Your Drone Footage

How to stabilise your drone footage

If you’re a budding photographer or videographer, using a drone to capture footage can be a great way to make the most of sweeping panoramas and birds eye views. Despite this, you may find that the footage you’re capturing is a little shaky, and less than the cinematic footage than you hoped it would be.

With a few drone image stabilisation tips, you can smooth your drone footage and ensure that the output is of the highest quality. Take a look at some of our tips below!

Whilst flying your drone

The first step to getting great footage from your drone camera is to adjust the way that you fly. Find out some of our best aerial drone videography tips below.

Assess weather conditions before taking flight

Before you set out with your drone, make sure to take a look at the weather forecast first.

Even a slight breeze can make it more difficult to fly the drone smoothly. Strong gusts of wind can make it almost impossible for even the most experienced of drone pilots to keep a steady hand. The calmer the weather conditions, the better you’ll be able to fly, and the smoother your footage will be.

Upgrade your drone photography kit

It goes without saying that the better the drone, the better your footage will be. The quality of the camera is just half of the story here. Many high quality drones have stabilising software or tools that can help you to capture much smoother footage.

Drone flying practise makes perfect

The old saying ‘practise makes perfect’ definitely holds true when you’re looking to capture professional looking drone footage. If you’re a relative newbie to flying drones, you’ll find that as time goes on, your footage will get smoother as your piloting skills improve.

It’s all in the edit

If your footage is still a little unstable, don’t worry. There are a number of tips you can use to edit your footage to make it look great. Check out our best drone video editing tips below.

Image stabilisation software

Many post production editing software packages will have built in image stabilisation tools. If you don’t have the professional software tools required to do this, don’t fret. Check out apps such as ReelSteady which are affordable and designed for beginners, to help you convert your shaky footage into a cinematic masterpiece.

Speed it up to smooth it out

Often, drone footage can seem shaky if the speed isn’t quite right, Try speeding up your footage to help it look a bit smoother, particularly if you’ve captured large landscapes such as mountains.

Turn to the experts

If you still find yourself Googling ‘How to edit drone footage’ it’s probably time to get some advice from the experts. Take a look at websites such as YouTube, where there are plenty of tutorials available that will walk you through the stabilisation process from beginning to end, and will have you making perfect cinematic footage in no time at all.

If you’re heading out to practise your drone videography, make sure your drone and kit are protected from the elements. Check out our range of dust, water and crushproof drone cases, which includes cases specifically for DJI, 3DR and Parrot drones.

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