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There are a very wide and diverse range of different techniques for stabilization. At the most basic, you have pure software stabilization. This uses no specialized hardware, but rather tracks objects within a scene and then clips the video such that it maintains a frame which it can keep more stable. This has an apparent impact of subjects moving less, ...


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FYI, Mercalli is a standalone tool for Windows that provides batch video stabilization


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I agree with the other commenters that it's a stylistic decision. I just want to mention a great way to transition from tripod to handheld. I can't remember what movie it was in; might have been James Cameron action flick. (Love his camera work!) The camera is static or moving smoothly, until there is an explosion that appears to jostle the camera. The next ...


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There is nothing at all wrong with crossing shots of different types and levels of stabilization. It depends entirely on the look you are going for. It is pretty rare for a shot to be truly "hand held" in the professional world though, at least in the way most consumers do it. At a minimum, most professional camera rigs are setup to be shoulder mounted ...


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You're asking for an opinion, because there's no rule book to consult here. So, IMO... 'Pro' movies are shot with all manner and mixtures of techniques, including dolly, mount, rig, crane, Steadicam, fixed, zoom, drone etc. I think many people would find a short film that mixed tripod with deliberate "shaky cam" to be a bit jarring without a good cinematic ...



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