How to Stop a GoPro Camera From Shaking

By Jake Redfield

The GoPro camera is a firm favorite among extreme sports enthusiasts who want to capture their action on screen. The GoPro can be strapped to your body in a number of ways -- most commonly on the forehead or to the chest. Although the GoPro is capable of capturing high-resolution moving images, it often shakes due to the intensity of your body's movement, resulting in video footage that's difficult to watch or listen to due to possible sound problems.

The Rubber Band Technique

The GoPro camera will often rattle against the side of the case when it's subject to high-intensity activity such as cycling, skateboarding or snowboarding. Take the camera out of the case and wrap two rubber bands around the case on the top and bottom sections, ensuring the bands don't obstruct the lens. When you place the camera back into the case, the rubber bands will act as a stabilizer and prevent the camera from excess movement. In addition to solving shaky image issues, the sound of the camera rattling inside will also be reduced.

Tightening the Strap

If the strap on your GoPro is loose, the camera will shake around more when you move. Always ensure that the strap is as tight as possible before you start recording. If you are attaching your GoPro to your head, wear a helmet and thread the strap through the vents. For extra security, use duct tape to further secure the straps. If you are attaching the camera to a chest mount, make sure that the straps are secure around your shoulders.

Increase FPS and Reduce Resolution

The frame rate determines how many frames the camera can produce per second. When a GoPro is set to have a higher frame rate it will capture more images. By increasing the frame rate from 1080p 30 fps to 720p 60 fps, the camera will capture more images, resulting in video that's visually smoother. Reducing the resolution will also make your video easier for your computer to handle during playback as it will require less processing power. If you are using a GoPro to upload videos online, 720p 60 fps is also more compatible with the vast majority of streaming websites.

Fixing Footage with Software

If you have footage that you want to salvage, you can reduce the shakiness with software. This option can cause a loss of quality and should be used only as a last resort. By using industry standard editing software such as Final Cut Pro and/or Adobe Premiere you can apply effects that keep the image within certain perimeters. The process is the same on most forms of editing software: Click on the “Effects” tab, navigate to “Smooth Cam” and drag it over your video clip.