I have recorded videos driving my car. I have setup a Nikon 3200 camera with the 18-55mm kit lens on a tripod in the rear hatch of my car. The tripod sits flat and level in the rear hatch. The tripod is a relatively cheap Optex TP160 with a basic pan head. I have uploaded a short example clip of one of my videos as an unlisted video on youtube.
My issue is that I have small shakes/tremors in the video. I drive a cheap economy car, you feel all the little bumps in the road as you drive. It seems like every time I go over the slightest crack in the road it is vibrating the tripod and causing the video to shake.
I have tried basic software methods to stabilize the video, like ffmpeg's "vidstabdetect / vidstabtransform" filter, as well as the "deshake" and "deshake_cl" algorithms. Vidstabtransform did the best job and lessened the biggest shakes in the video, but small shakes were unaffected, especially in the peripherals like the top and sides of my windshield.
Are there any relatively cheap methods to stabilize my videos? I would consider "cheap" to be a solution less than ~$250 Canadian (~190 USD / ~180 Euro).
Here are some ideas I've seen on the internet:
- "Better" software solutions, like working in after effects, davinci resolve or similar. I don't know if any software packages would beat the performance of ffmpeg's filters.
- Anti-vibration tripod pads: amazon example. Reviews are mixed, could these little pieces of rubber really dampen the vibrations inside a car?
- A tripod fluid/video head. It seems like these tripod heads are better for smooth pans and tilts, I don't know if this affects stability.
- A tripod gimbal head. I haven't seen someone using these the same way I want to, maybe its an option.
- A dash cam. This doesn't allow changeable lenses or the in-car positioning I would like.
- A motorized gimbal / steadycam / etc. These solutions are above my budget and would need another operator. I'm hoping for a solution I can setup in my car alone without another person.