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Not sure if anybody else has ran into a similar situation, but I can't seem to properly stabilize shaky video footage because I always end up with out-of-focus problems. I am not sure if there are any special settings to keep in mind, but I've tried a variety of applications (Vegas, Magix, AE, etc.) with similar results.
The out-of-focus (blurry) issue is not constant but comes every few seconds.

I wasn't able to find much information regarding this matter but I've read somewhere that the slow shutter speed could be the main culprit. If that's the case, is there a way to increase it? Also, could the scan mode be somehow related? However, as I understand my GoPro Hero 2 should be shooting in progressive mode and only interlaced videos could be prone to such problems.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 

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If somebody was successful

If somebody was successful stabilizing GoPro HD Hero 2 footage shot at 1080P 30FPS without blurry/out-of-focus errors, would you be so kind to post your method? I mainly shoot in 1080P at 30 FPS.

After researching this topic for couple of weeks, looks like the slow shutter speed is the main culprit. Sadly, I am not sure if there is much I can do at this point. One idea that came to my mind is to maybe use a motion interpolation software to increase FPS from 30p to 60p and then try to stabilize it again. Do you think that would help?

Overall GoPro HD Hero 2 is a great little sports camera but you would think it should come with much higher shutter speed due to the market that it’s aimed for. Too bad there are no built-in shutter speed settings to play with.

I am afraid I am running out of ideas. Please help the brother out!
 

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Some additional

Some additional thoughts...

Since I can almost certainly confirm that this issue is caused by slow shutter speed, I am wondering if applying some sort of de-blurring filter prior to the stabilization will help? I remember hearing about an image-stacking software called PhotoAcute that was able to load image sequences from videos and apply a variety of filters, including de-blurring. Maybe someone has already tried it?

So far I was advised to shoot with better lighting since the GoPro will automatically increase its shutter speed.
The problem is that shooting recreational outdoor videos will frequently take place with limited light.

Another recommendation was to step through each frame and delete the blurry ones. Wouldn't there be some way to batch fix/remove blurry frames instead of stepping through each one? For extremely short videos that might work fine but longer ones would take forever to edit. If somebody wants to give it a shot, I have posted some sample videos taken at different locations and with different settings:


Video 1:
GOPR0656--1920by1080P--16to9--029.970FPS--Beach-Run-1-Original.MP4
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwvJKHpimOFNcVNFMVlSblVmd28

Video 2:
GOPR0656--1920by1080P--16to9--029.970FPS--Beach-Run-2-Original.MP4
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwvJKHpimOFNcC01UTNaemR0dWs

Video 3:
GOPR2429--0848by0480P--16to9--120.000FPS--River-View---Original.MP4
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwvJKHpimOFNT3hfTjdma0I2OUE

Video 4:
GOPR2430--1280by0720P--16to9--059.940FPS--River-View---Original.MP4
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwvJKHpimOFNbGd4X2RfOHN6X1U

Video 5:
GOPR2431--1280by0960P--04to3--048.000FPS--River-View---Original.MP4
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwvJKHpimOFNWHZkOHAtTENoYUU

Video 6:
GOPR2432--1920by1080P--16to9--029.970FPS--River-View---Original.MP4
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwvJKHpimOFNVnF0TXhhdlJ1SVk

The most difficult will be the running videos. Not sure if there is a software out there capable of fixing such footage.
Later I will post my stabilization attempts with the above clips.
 

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can anyone help me my gopro 2

can anyone help me my gopro 2 always hang or freezes i dont know why,
when i stop recording my gopro 2 freezes and hang
when im recording and it fall on the ground or bumped and when i sto recording it hang or freezes pls help me

my video
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Blurry shots

In short, you will not be able to magically fix your videos, especially your running ones. Any small camera like this will have limited low light capability due to the size of the sensor, so you are correct in assuming that the shutter speed is a problem, especially in lower light. Essentially the frame is being captured when the camera is moving, hence the blur. And actually these kind of shots are really unpleasant to watch due to the jerky motion. I would suggest you try a camera stabilizer, like the Lensse and shoot in bright daylight. Cameras and lenses are all about compromise so I would suggest not trying to capture jerky images in low light conditions with such a small camera that has no manual means of adjusting parameters. Just like an audio chain, the essential part is the initial capture; I believe you are wasting your time trying to fix flawed footage.
 
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