I usually record in 24 fps or 30fps using the 180 degree shutter rule for smooth motion blur.

On a recent trip I was recording hand-held footage of landscapes in high wind, which resulted in quite a lot of camera sway. I found that Resolve did a good job of stabilising the footage, but the resulting clips looked quite soft because of the motion blur left-over from the camera movement.

This left me thinking: if the main source of movement is likely to be camera shake (that will be stabilised in post) rather than motion of the subject, would results be dramatically improved with a faster shutter speed?

Are there accepted best practices on this?

  • Nice question...
    – Rafael
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 6:33

1 Answer 1


I would invite you to experiment a bit and to answer your question yourself.

But yes, I can think in several cases where you should shot at higher framerate where this motion blur is actually a problem.

  • The first case is the one you describe. The camera shake will produce blur on directions we do not want.

  • Another case is time-lapse. You can have objects moving in different directions and different rates. Some programs process the images to produce different artificial blurs, so you could experiment on different shutter speeds-lapse ratios. If you want a cartoonish look you can simply shot at a fast velocity, for example, to give you a stop motion effect.

  • When you are shooting on a green screen to be composited later. A blur on a green screen is a pain to remove. Shooting at a higher speed will produce sharper edges on moving parts that will be easier to extract.

It is always easier to add blur than to remove it.

In my opinion, the best practices are the ones works for you.

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