Fix Camera Jitter on YouTube

Sometimes the quality of a single-camera take has problems in one particular area which needs to be corrected. In this example, a very common one, the videographer is not quite ready when the event starts which can be annoying to some people. So we will use kdenlive and YouTube to fix a simple jittery introduction.

First, bring up kdenlive and create a new project.

1. Click on New... (Red circle)
2. Click on Choose project directory (Orange circle)
3. Click on New Folder (Yellow circle)
4. Type folder name (Green circle)
5. Click Ok twice, until you get back to the Project Settings dialog, then make sure the Video Profile is correct (Blue circle).
6. Click Ok again so you are back to the main editing screen.

I choose wide screen NTSC for a profile because I live in North America. I am putting up these videos on YouTube, so that is plenty of resolution. Note that using higher resolutions slows down rendering a lot so I don't recommend it.

I made a special directory called "Video Work" where I put my projects. This one is called Jitter Fix, as you may be able to see in the dialogue above.

Now we will add the video file to the project.

1. Click on the Add Clip (filmstrip icon) (Red circle)
2. Navigate to the directory where the video file is, and click on it (Orange circle).
3. Click on Open (Yellow circle).

Now move the clip to the timeline.

1. Hold the mouse button down while it is pointing to the clip in the list (Red circle)
2. The mouse cursor changes to a hand, then drag the clip to the timeline (Orange circle)
3. Make sure the monitor is set to Project Monitor (Yellow circle).

Now will see the clip and set the start and end points.

1. Hold the mouse button down somewhere on the clip, and drag the entire clip to the beginning (Red circle).
2. Hold the mouse button down below the point on the clip cursor, and skim along the clip to find the first transition (Orange circle).

Now adjust the clip so that it starts at this point.

1. Hold down the mouse button at the edge of the beginning of the clip. Cursor will turn from the diagonal arrow icon to a fat horizontal arrow pointing to a fat bar (Red circle).
2. Drag the beginning of the clip to where the cursor is located (Orange circle).
3. Press play to see the clip play and find the end of the jitter problem (Yellow circle).

Once the cursor is positioned at the end of the jittery place, we can delete the rest of the clip.

1. Once the timeline cursor is positioned at the end of the problem area, click on the razor blade icon below the timeline (Red circle).
2. Hover over the timeline cursor with the razor cursor and click the mouse button. (Orange circle).

Now we arrange the timeline.

1. Click on the arrow below the timeline so we are in select mode rather than cut mode (Red circle).
2. Hover over the small clip, hold the mouse button down and drag the small clip to the beginning of the timeline (Orange circle).
3. Hover over the large clip, click on it once to select it and notice that it turns red (Yellow circle).

Now we will delete the unused clip and render the one we want.

1. Press the delete key (or hover->right-click->Cut Clip) and the large clip will disappear.
2. The cursor snaps to the end of the small clip (Red circle).
3. Click on Render button (Orange circle).
4. Make sure correct format is selected (Yellow circle).
5. Type a name for the output video (Green circle).
6. Click on Full Project (Blue circle).
7. Click on Render to File (Purple circle).

Now we wait for the project to render. Then we will upload it to YouTube to fix it.