Advanced Image Stabilization in DaVinci Resolve 15

Most novices who have tried to stabilize their footage in DaVinci Resolve 15 for the first time usually end up with some mixed results. In fact, many first-time-users may not realize that Resolve provides several different modes of stabilization that are way more advanced than what one may initially think.

For a more in-depth look on the topic, seasoned colorists Alex Jordan of goes over the more advanced functions associated with the feature and showcases how to get the most out of this otherwise extremely powerful tool.

First and foremost, you’ll need to go into the Tracker window to access the video stabilizer tool by clicking on the drop-down menu and selecting Stabilizer. Traditionally, if you want to stabilize your clip quickly, all you have to do is click the Stabilize button. However, as mentioned previously, you may found this one-click-wonder approach to be far from perfect.

That’s why it’s highly recommended to dig deeper and try out any of the available modes – Perspective, Similarity, and Transition. Each one of them represents three separate stabilization algorithms that Resolve utilizes to analyze your clips. These options can be found in the bottom-right corner of the Stabilize window. Each mode pertains to a different type of shot, so testing them out in advance could lead to a better outcome as a result.

It is also worth noting, that any adjustments you make to the mode will require you to once again click the Stabilize button, allowing the platform to recalculate and reapply the stabilization algorithm. In addition to the modes listed above, there are other settings you can adjust to better improve the stabilization applied to your footage.

For example, tweaking the Smooth parameter can fine tune the effect further down the line. Keep in mind, though, that by manipulating this parameter, you can increase the amount of crop that’s applied to your footage.

On the other hand, the Cropping Ratio limits the amount of cropping. This specific tool works inversely to the Smooth parameter, as increasing Cropping Ratio results in less cropping, thereby decreasing image stability.

Additional tools include the Zoom checkbox which allows the stabilizer to crop into your footage alongside the Camera Lock checkbox that forces the software to eliminate all camera movement.

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[source: Learn Color Grading]

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