I own a Flip Mino HD pocket video camera. The video quality is really amazing. I find it unbelievable that it's 5 times cheaper than our old 8mm video camera, uses no tapes, no cables, no charger. Nothing, but the camera itself. But it does have one problem: the camera is so light that it's hard to hold it stable, so if you are not using a tripod the result is probably shaky. One year ago I tested a popular program that corrects shaky video: Deshaker. But it's only available for Windows. After some research I found vid.stab. I tested it once with the default settings and the result is already much better than the original (see above).
Update: See this tutorial to make it even easier by adding a right click menu option to stabilize your videos.
How to use vid.stab under Ubuntu?Vid.stab is a plugin for Transcode. To get it running:
- + Go to the Ubuntu Software Center, find and install Transcode. The current version (September 2010) already comes with the stabilization plug in, BUT it didn't work for me. When I tried using it it complained about "unsupported codec" all the time. Try it. Maybe your version already works. Skip to step 5 and if you get the error, go back to step 2.
+ Visit the vid.stab download page and download the latest plug in binary. Currently called "Version 0.75, binary files (linux 32bit i586), works with 1.1.X". This is a packed .tgz file that contains the plug in (filterstabilize.so and filter_transform.so).
+ Unpack the plug in: you can double click the .tgz file, double click the stabilize folder, then drag the two .so files to the Desktop.
+ Open a terminal and move filter_stabilize.so and filter_transform.so from the desktop into /usr/lib/transcode/ overwriting the files with the same names. Type something like: sudo mv /home/YOURUSER/Desktop/filter* /usr/lib/transcode/ (where YOURUSER is your Linux user name).
+ Ready to try it out: cd into the directory where your videos are located: cd /home/YOURUSER/Desktop/MYVIDEOS/
+ Type transcode -J stabilize -i YOURSHAKYVIDEO.mp4 (this will analyze the shakiness).
+ Type transcode -J transform -i YOURSHAKYVIDEO.mp4 -y xvid -o STABLEVIDEO (this will correct the shakiness).