Stabilize Videos After Recording Them on Smartphones with Google Photos

Google Photos to the rescue!

by: - Last updated on: April 18th, 2017

Recording videos on our phones has become quite common thanks to the continuous efforts of our smartphone OEMs to improve the quality and available storage. However, while they always tend to score on quality, most smartphones out there aren’t capable of flawlessly dealing with shaky hands which often leads to wobbly clips. Hence, in this quick guide, we’ll walk you through a straightforward method for stabilizing videos on smartphones AFTER you have shot them.

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The answer to your distress is called “Google Photos”. Yes, a mobile app that probably existed on your phone for months and we don’t blame you for missing out really. Google Photos silently received an update a couple of days back which added the ability to electronically stabilized existing videos.

For stabilizing a video, first of all, make sure you have the version 2.13 or above of Google Photos. In case you still haven’t received the update, head over to this link and install the APK file. If you’re on iOS, though, you’ll have to wait.

Once that’s done, fire up the Google Photos app and tap the video file you’d like to edit. Tap the little pen icon on the bottom and hit “stabilize”. You’ll be greeted a progress bar, duration of which will obviously depend on the size of your video. It does tend to take a few seconds even if the clip is tiny. [stories-so-far title=”Must Read” post_ids=”68231,62083″]You don’t necessarily need to upload the video in order to take advantage of this which is nice. The app will save the new video as a separate file so that you can easily compare. To my surprise, there wasn’t a significant reduction in quality as well which is quite impressive given how other third-party apps function.

You can get a glimpse of the feature’s performance through this ViewSync link, courtesy of Reddit user “danster3”. That’s about it for this guide, let us know in the comments section if we missed something or just share your experience with it.

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