Garmin Virb 360 Camera Stabilization – Tutorial

Stabilizing the video recorded on your Garmin Virb 360 camera is very easy to do. The process is simple and the results are fantastic.

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Garmin Virb Edit Software

As you open up the software, displayed is a split horizontal window. The recent edited video projects up top and the Media Library on the bottom which displays the last imported.

Here we can decide on what to do. We want to create a new video project so we can test out the stabilization options of the Garmin Virb 360 Camera.

Image of the main screen of the garmin virb edit software for garmin virb 360 camera

Let’s go ahead and create a new video project for our stabilization test. Click on create the Create Video option and enter our new video name.

Image of creating a new video project in the garmin virb edit software

First we want to find our file that we want to use to edit. Take that video file and drag it to the bottom of the window into the timeline area. Once we do that we can now see the video clip and a few editing tools available.

Image of the result of dragging and dropping a video into the timeline of the garmin virb 360 camera garmin virb edit software

The first thing you might notice is the preview video already has the G-Metrix overlays already present. If you import the video files directly from the Garmin Virb 360 then everything with automatically be imported in correctly. But, if you try to import the data through a SD Card into your computer you might experience some problems. I could not directly import and apply the G-Metrix files into the video that it paired up with. Every time I tried this the Virb Edit Software would crash consistently.

Image of the g metrix over lay features that display automatically on any new video created through the garmin virb edit software for garmin virb 360 camera

So, let’s go ahead and turn off the G-Metrix overlay for this video, because this is for testing out the stabilization options and not any fancy data overlay on our video.

To do that, we need to go to the left side of the screen and click on the G-Metrix tab, here we will see a lot of different information that we can change and update on our video. The Garmin Virb Edit software comes with a lot of interesting G-Metrix overlay features, but we are not going to focus on any of those features for this post. Go ahead and click the top right checkbox that says ‘Hide Overlays for this Clip’

Image of g metrix options in the garmin virb edit software for garmin virb 360 camera

Now that we have a clean video without the fancy overlays, let’s go ahead and take a look at the stabilization options that we are offered to apply to the video.

 

Stabilization Features of Garmin Virb 360 Camera

The Garmin Virb 360 camera has a lot of different fancy stabilization options for the 360 video you record. One of the most important features of 360 video content is stabilization, because before post-production software came with 360 consumer cameras, you would either have to use a 3 axis gimbal system or purchase an expensive post production software yourself. Now a fewer newer cameras have post production stabilization included.

 

Stabilization Option : Stabilize Only

Image of the stabilize horizon option in the garmin virb edit software for garmin virb 360 camera

Stabilize Only smooths out quick movements and vibrations while also correcting the horizon.

Best For : Fixed mounting to an object that provides a frame of reference, like a windshield, hood, wing, or roll bar.

Examples : Vehicle mounted (cars, planes, boats, etc.)

 

Stabilization Option : Vibration Reduction

Image of the stabilize vibration reduction option on the garmin virb edit software for garmin virb 360 camera

Vibration reduction smooths out quick movements and vibrations but does not correct the horizon.

Best for : Action that is important to keep vertical perspective original to the camera.

Examples : Roller coaster, airplane

 

Stabilization Option : Follow Path

Image of the stabilization follow path option of the garmin virb edit software for garmin virb 360 camera

In addition to stabilizing the footage, the view will follow the trajectory of the camera (Instead of the direction the lenses are pointing.)

Best for : Head, handheld or body-worn where there is not a clear frame of reference. For example, when helmet-mounted, your viewers will see where the camera is moving to, instead of where your helmet was pointing while recording.

Examples : Mountain biking, cycling, running, surfing, kayaking, wake-boarding.

 

For this example, we are going to select the standard Stabilization and Horizontal option. This seems like the best option for a standard typical video that doesn’t have a lot of fancy movement, direction changes or using a mounted body camera.

When we select a stabilization option we do get to see a preview of the video with it applied, if you look on the right hand of the screen and play the preview, you can see the effects applied.

Now that we have seen the preview and accept the temporary preview results, we can export the video with the stabilization applied and see the actual results.

 

Exporting Edited Video

At the top right corner we can click the export button. Here we will have a few options for the exporting process.

Image of the exporting options available in the garmin virb edit software for garmin virb 360 camera

Here we can select the resolution and the frame rate for the exported video. I always select the max for quality to make sure it looks the best it can.

Image of the save file name for exported video

Choose the folder to save the file to, as well as name the file. Once you have accepted this the export process begins.

Image of the exporting process for an edited video made in the garmin virb edit software

 

 

Finally, here is the comparison of the original and stabilized footage

 

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  • Gus T Butt

    Is it possible to apply horizon stabilization to a still from the Garmin VIRB 360?