How to Add a Shake Effect to a Video Easily

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Shake things up with a jarring shake effect! This unique video effect grabs attention and keeps your viewers on the edge of their seat. Here’s how to add a shake effect to your videos in just a few quick and easy steps.

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What is a camera shake effect?

In the video editing world, a shake effect is a digital version of what would happen if you physically took your camera and shook it. The good news is, with the digital version, you can precisely control your shake, including the force with which it’s applied, the frequency (how often the video shake effect occurs), and even the direction!

It’s a great way to make your shots more powerful. If there’s a crash, a punch, or a deep impact, a good shaking video effect can get the viewers invested in the action. The best part is that with a shake effect video editor, you can easily make video shakes. See how to create a screen shake effect below.

How to add a screen shake effect with Movavi Video Editor

Step 1. Install and launch Movavi Video Editor

Download and install the video shaker. After the installation is complete, launch the program.

Step 2. Import your files

Click the Add Files button and choose the video file from your computer, then drag and drop it onto the timeline at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3. Make an image shake

Locate your video clip on the timeline and click it to select it. Then open the Effects tab. Choose the Artistic category and look for an option called Camera shake. Drag and drop the effect onto the video clip on the timeline.

Step 4. Export your shaky video

Click Export and choose your desired format, quality settings, and the location where you want to save your video. Click the Start button to start rendering.

Tips on editing a video

Now that you know how to create a shaking effect, here are a few ways to take your video editing to the next level:

  • Plan with post-production effects in mind. If you want to add a shake effect to your video, it’s best to shoot by stabilizing your camera during filming so that you can make it shake later. This way, you get more precise control over the details of the shake effect.

  • Match the intensity to the action. If it’s a minor impact, you don’t want an earth-shattering shake and vice versa. Aligning the intensity to the action will make your video look more authentic and feel more immersive.

  • Don’t neglect the importance of audio. Combining your shake effect with sound effects and music can add another layer of intensity to your scenes.

  • Use transitions strategically. Beyond screen shake effects, using other transitions like quick cuts or fast transitions can make your scenes even more impactful. Just be careful not to overdo it!

Summary

As you can see, learning how to add a shake effect to a video is a quick and easy skill that will give your scenes more power and intensity. Using a shake effect video editor like Movavi Video Editor is a simple and straightforward way to add this and many other professional effects to your videos with no prior video-editing experience needed.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the effect of shake?

A shake effect is designed to mimic an unstable camera. It’s often used in action scenes like running or punching. Screen shake effects are also used in natural disaster scenes to add urgency and excitement.

How do you make a shake effect?

You can use Movavi Video Editor:

  1. Download and install the program.
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  2. Import your video clip, drag and drop it to the timeline at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Open the Effects tab.

  4. Select the Artistic category to find the Camera shake option. Drag and drop it to your video clip.

  5. Click Export, adjust the settings, and click Start to start rendering.

How do I add a camera shake effect in Premiere® Pro?

If you want to add a camera shake effect in Premiere® Pro, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Adobe® Premiere® Pro and click File > Import to upload your video.

  2. Right-click in the Project panel and choose New Item > Adjustment Layer.

  3. Drag the adjustment layer from the Project panel onto the timeline.

  4. Open the Effects Control panel. From the top menu, choose Window > Effect Controls.

  5. Choose the Transform effect under the Motion category.

  6. With the adjustment layer still selected, go to the Effects Control panel. You can change different parameters to modify the camera shake effect.

  7. To export your video, go to File > Export > Media, choose the settings, and hit Export.

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