Electronic Image Stabilisation. Tech Tip Tuesday #17


On board electronic image stabilisation (EIS) is a relatively new feature on many high end action cameras including the Garmin Virb XE/Ultra 30, as well as the GoPro Hero 5 Black. EIS can also be applied using video editing tools, however being able to apply the effect on board the camera is a real time saver.

EIS uses software that matches successive frames and attempts to correct the frame to keep objects relatively stable. It does this by sacrificing the outer 10% (appx) of the field of view (FOV) and rotating and adjusting frame positions within the smaller boundary. See the infographic below for a better understanding of the process.

How does electronic image stabilisation work?

For such an easy adjustment to apply, the result is very effective, and will make a huge difference to any clips you produce where there is a lot of movement or vibration (on the boat/under water/car/motorbike). The clip below is a pair of GoPro cameras mounted to a motorcycle and shows just how effective EIS can be. Explore your camera settings and make sure EIS is active next time you head out. And if your camera doesn't have this feature, look in your editing software to apply the effect there.


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