How to Stabilize Videos using Google Photos


Google Photos is often considered as the mainstream gallery app, especially for AOSP-based devices including the Nexus and Pixel. The latest v2.13 update to the application brought some really interesting features with it and this is probably the first time that Google has stepped up the video editing scene. With the new update, you will now be able to stabilize your shaky camera videos easily. Read below, on how to stabilize videos using Google Photos.

Stabilize videos using Google Photos

While there is no official word about it from Google, but AndroidPolice did find it in the new update and were kind enough to share the news. According to them, Google has been testing Video Stabilization since last year, but it never made its way to the Photos app, given the fact that stabilization would happen locally on the device.

But the feature is now live with this update, so who cares right? So let us hop right on to how you can stabilize videos using Google Photos’ latest update.

Stabilize Videos using Google Photos

For the feature to work and show up, you must be running Google Photos v2.13 or up. Either update through the Play Store or you can also grab the APK for manual installation.

  1. Once you have installed the latest Google Photos update, open the app.
  2. Scroll through the viewer window and select the video file you wish to stabilize.
  3. Tap on the edit icon to initiate the video editor.
    Stabilize videos using Google Photos Screenshots
  4. You will see the “STABILIZE” button towards the bottom of the screen. So just hit the on-screen button to start the stabilizing process.
  5. A progress bar will display on-screen. My personal 31 seconds 720p video took about 30 seconds. So if you have a much longer and a higher-resolution video, it might make you wait for a bit longer, depending on the processing power of your Android.
  6. Once the process is complete, tap on “SAVE” and you are good to go.

You can then review the Stabilized video. If at any time you want to undo stabilization, you can toggle it off from the editor itself. Just tap on the blue “STABILIZED” button.

Now that’s how you stabilize videos using Google Photos. We like how Google is making small efforts and taking our feedback in. So do you like this new feature? Can Google do better with the whole video editing scene in the Photos app? Let us know through the comments.

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