Today I wanted to do a comparison between the Stabilization effects using the Adobe Premiere Pro Warp Stabilizer effect and the YouTube Stabilize enhancement.

First, lets start with the original footage, which comes directly from my iPhone 4s.  This was filmed handheld with no stabilization rig.

Adobe did a lot of publicity about using the Warp Stabilizer with default options, and here’s what it gave:

Finally, I put the video through the YouTube Stabilize enhancement and it gave the following result instead:

Based on this test, I have to say that nothing beats getting it right in camera.  Having a lens with Image Stabilization, Vibration Reduction, Vibration Compensation, or whatever name lens companies will come up with next is very important, as well as having a sturdy tripod, dolly, steadycam, or any other stabilization rig you can think of is also primordial.  Software can fix some imperfections, especially if you cut it down to 2-3 second clips like Adobe does in their presentations, but if you introduce a lot of movement, etc, no software will stabilize a shot that was taken during a 9.5 earthquake.

Between the two, though, I like how I can apply the Warp Stabilizer to the each individual movie clip, so the Studio JPIC logo doesn’t move all over the place.