Avoid Shaky Cam

Your video will look much more professional if you avoid “Shaky cam”.  What’s more, if your shots are steady, viewers are less likely to be distracted and will get more from your message.

There are three easy ways to avoid shaky cam and we explore them in this video.

Is Their an Argument for “Shaky Cam”?

Some videographers argue that “shaky cam” adds an artistic element to their videos.

Certainly, it has been popularized in some films where action is shot “hand-held” (as opposed to mounting the camera on a dolly or tripod,) like The Bourne Ultimatum.

The shaky cam footage in this movie has been called all sorts of things.  One critic called it “queasy-cam” because it made him feel ill.  So is “shaky cam” acceptable?

Well, when it comes to artistic expression, I think we need to be open to an argument for “shaky-cam” videos. Art is about expression and pushing the envelope.

However, we’re not talking about artistic video expression here.  We’re talking about training videos.

The purpose of training videos is not personal expression.  It’s to help viewers learn something.

Art vs Learning

For that reason, it’s not for me to comment on “shaky cam” in movies and artistic videos.  Hand-held camera work is something to talk about in film schools.

But for training videos, our techniques should be invisible, otherwise they distract from the learning.

And thus, I don’t think there is a compelling reason to accept “shaky cam” in training videos.

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