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Tip: How to Add Handheld Camera Shake Without Leaving Premiere Pro

This Warp Stabilizer hack from AdobeMasters makes it easy to fake a handheld look.

We’ve all been there: after days of work in the editing bay, your project is nearly perfect. You’ve locked your picture and mixed your audio. From hundreds of archival clips, you’ve gathered the essential ore and forged it together.

After careful honing and polishing, your sequence is now practically a katana of visual storytelling. But right before you export, a pang of doubt makes you pause. Does that locked-off clip clash with the handheld footage next to it?

Ok, this might not be a universal experience, but if you’ve ever had to work with stock footage or archival clips, you know it can be tough to make everything look consistent. Savvy color grading helps, but a static tripod shot in the middle of a shaky handheld sequence often sticks out like a sore thumb.

Another way to make them look more consistent is to add camera shake in post. We’ve shown you how to add camera shake to clips with the After Effects wiggle expression, a while back, but AdobeMasters shows how to get the same look directly in Premiere with Warp Stabilizer. See the rest at


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