I think at the low end consumer product ProDAD is about as good as it gets. ProDAD does have advanced setting options where you can tweak a large number of its settings. Did you try those? As I recall there is an example on their website of GoPro footage from a BMX bike ride - you could take a look at the settings they used for that.
The extent of blurring will depend on the extent of original shakiness and how much of the border you need to cut. You might get a better result if you limit the stabilisation to a central portion but rather than expand to fill the screen place a border around the stabilised section.
I don't believe Warp is available as a plug-in.
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Adobe Premier Elements 10 is not the best software to edit GoPro video. I found a stabilizer for this kind of video that works great. I'm only not sure if it works with a Mac, but I think it does. You can download a 3 day free trial and see for your self.
In the mean time I have returned to ProDad and have fiddled more with the settings. Initially I was getting a significant amount of ghosting, then turning the "Rate" setting all the way down to zero fixed that and stopped the blurry image. Thanks for the BMX bike ride example, will have a look at that now.
(edit: oops: the rate setting was for another product, either way the blurry apsects, I can get rid of in ProDad by fiddling with the settings, more trials are in progress).
Yes I am aware of the zoom setting. Most of the vids I get from the GoPro are very sharp even if camera shake and plenty of movement is present in the picture.
Thanks for the not on Warp.
Odds are I will get a copy of ProDad.
I had a look at the Muvee TurboVideoStablizer, actually was one of the products I looked at early on. Was very impressed with their demos especially that it was targeted at the POV market. Unfortunately it only supports the PC operating system, not the Macs. And all the hyp about Mac's being the premier graphics editing platform, how times have changed.
Curious on your comment that Adobe Premier Elements 10 is not the best software to edit GoPro video, why do you say this? Is this relating to stabilisation in particular or other aspects? When I looked into the various video editing programs for the Mac, I looked at Final Cut X, iMovie and APE10. All others did not support the Mac environement or were way over my budget or were too elcheap not worth looking at or the freeware installation instructions too complex. APE10 was the only product amongst those that did not ruin the colour saturation once exported to the final movie. But that's another thread all together.
My remark regarding PRE not being the best program to use for GoPro video was more my general impression. I guess it depends what format you recorded your video in. I had some footage in 1280 x 960 (4:3 aspect ratio) and there is no project setting to accommodate this footage. I ended up with black bars left and right. But the Muvee Turbo Stabilizer really worked great.
I'm sorry you can't use the Muvee software on a Mac.
Did you ever consider to install Bootcamp on your Mac? That would give you access to PC based programs.