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How to Add Camera Shake in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)

Learn to add camera shake to Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
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Adding camera shake is a great way to make a tripod shot look more natural. In After Effects this is easy to do with expressions. However, in Premiere Pro, we don’t have access to these features. This however doesn’t mean we can’t create camera shake. We just have to be a bit more creative in how we generate it. Today we go over how to add camera shake in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

How to Add Camera Shake in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)

  1. Create a sequence with the footage you want to add camera shake to.
  2. Go online, or use your own footage that has some camera shake in it. Get this clip, and add it into the sequence, above the tripod shot. Cut the two pieces of footage so they are the same length.
  3. Nest the footage together by highlighting both pieces of footage, right clicking, and then going to “nest”.
  4. Go to effects tab, search for warp stabilizer VFX, drag over to nested sequence.
  5. Go to effect controls->warp stabilizer. Here turn off motion, and set the method to position, scale, rotation
  6. Double click on the nested footage to open up the sequence with both pieces of footage in it.
  7. In here, go to the left side of the timeline and look for the eyeballs. Click on the eyeball that corresponds with the footage that had the camera shake. This will make that footage invisible, and only leave you with your tripod shot.
  8. Go back out of the footage to where you can see the nested shot. You will notice that the warp stabilizer is still applied, but now it’s applied to your tripod shot instead. You have added camera shake to your footage.
  9. Note: Don’t click on analyze again!! This will have it reanalyze only your tripod shot, removing the camera shake.

It’s just that easy. You wouldn’t think that warp stabilizer of all effects would be the effect to do this. It all comes down to grabbing that tracking data. Warp stabilizer is the only effect in Premiere Pro that can do this. So we just have to trick it a little bit to apply that tracking data to a different layer. And with that, you have created some camera shake in Adobe Premiere Pro CC!

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