Google Photos update lets you fix shaky videos

Justin Mahboubian-Jones
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From Digital Spy

It's now possible to reduce or eliminate shakiness from your pre-recorded videos using Google's Photos app.

Most high-end smartphones now offer some kind of image stabilisation when shooting video. Some use hardware techniques to keep the image from wobbling about while others, like Google's Pixel, use a software solution.

Both are pretty effective at keeping the footage smooth when your hand was not, but not all phones possess the built-in capacity and most users probably still own older videos that jiggle about like a You've Been Framed hand-cam entry, which means they could potentially benefit from the post-filming stabilisation provided by Google Photos.

Want to see how it works? Well, first, here's some un-stabilised footage of a skier zooming down a slope. Spoiler alert: It's far from smooth.

Now watch the same footage after it's been treated by Google Photos:

It's impressive stuff, but stabilised videos do suffer a quality drop and slight cropping – a side effect of doing such work after footage has already been filmed. Other videos we've seen have also suffered from image warping which is pretty disconcerting.

It's also wise to lower expectations of extremely shaky videos. The app can't work miracles, so that 4am video in which your camera oscillates 360 degrees every few seconds will probably still look a mess.

But if you own an older smartphone, this could be a super-smart, and not to mention free, solution to help you keep up with newer models.

The update featuring stabilisation started rolling out on April 11.

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