My video jumps when playing (and I know it has nothing to do with my harddrive, cause it does the same thing on my phone in the same spots), all through the video. Like every couple seconds it jumps, is there a program out there that will fix this?

For Instance a program that can smooth out the video somehow?

That would be super cool! And preferably something that is free...

Thanks guys/gals :)

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    Could you maybe post a short example that shows the jumping? Commented Oct 13, 2013 at 18:35

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It sounds like the problem is probably what is known as dropped frames. There is unfortunately not any particularly good fix. With dropped frames, information is actually completely missing for the frames where there was no update, thus there is nothing to play during those frames.

Depending on the length of time that is dropped, it may be possible to interpolate frames, but this is not a perfect process and will generally produce substandard results.

Basically, the idea with interpolation is that the computer tries to guess what things are the same in the frame before and the frame after the missing information and then invents frames that go in-between, but since it doesn't know what objects are, it has to make a lot of guesses and motion isn't always linear, so if it is more than a frame or two, it won't be particularly good results.

Generally, if possible, the recommendation is re-shoot rather than try to interpolate, but you can interpolate if you don't have the ability to re-shoot. This problem also generally occurs when you have insufficient write speed to stay ahead of the video, so you may want to consider a faster memory card for future video so that you can avoid dropped frames in the future.

This question over on superuser talks about doing so with some free tools.

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