Thanks John, Still not sure it will work. It seems trim will detect camera shake and remove the scene, but not fix it. Also effects seem to be able to fix flicker, but there seems to be no mention of camera shake. Maybe there are third party add ons that will work. Im a bit surprised at this as the big competition has this capability. And often I am shooting without a tripod.
As far as I have ever heard correcting camera shake seen in Premiere Elements = trying to use Premiere Elements' Video Stabilizer video effect for that task.
You say that you are upgrading from Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1 to 11. Did not version 9.0/9.0.1 have a Video Stabilizer effect among its video effects? It should have. Version 11 has that the Video Stablizer also.
Is that what you are looking for when you talk about correcting "camera shake"?
But the Video Stabilizer can do just so much depending on the degree of the camera shake.
Please take a look at the Video Stabilizer video effect in the following Adobe Tech Note
You need to scroll down quite a bit in the article to get to it.
But, if you cannot get the Premiere Elements 9.0/9.0.1 Video Stablizer to work for you, I am not sure of your gains with it in version 11.
Have you decided to download and install the free 30 day tryout of Premiere Elements 11 from Adobe to get a first hand look at the Video Stabilizer in version 11?
There used to be a lot of interest in the ProDad Mercalli Video Stabilizer. I have not heard much about it lately so I am not sure if it is in or out of favor. Something for you to explore after you explore what Premiere Elements can do for you with your specific footage.
Add On...I did not see Hunt's post until after I had submitting mine.
Even though a version of After Effects Warp Stabalizer was added to later versions of PrPro (with a few problems), the PrPro crowd still uses Mercalli often. It does seem that if one has After Effects, its Warp Stabilizer is quite good.
Since I last looked ProDAD has updated Mercalli, and added a new version. I have zero experience with either of the new ones.
While nothing beats a good set of legs, and maybe a fluid head, or a steadi-cam rig, Mercalli still gets good reviews.
A few other, similar programs have come and gone, Mercalli is still hanging around.
You make a great, and very important point - any post-production plug-in can ONLY do so much. [That probably needs to be done in bright red.] One additional drawback is that to apply the stabilization, the Image is often Scaled down slightly, to allow room for the stabilized Image. To fill the Frame back up again, there is usually a tiny bit of Scale needed. If the footage is otherwise great, that will not be an issue. However, if it is marginal material, disregarding the camera shake, that might be a tipping point in quality.
Great advise Bill and A.T. I tried the stabilizer in v9 and its giving some success, but seems to be a hog for resources. So I’m going to get a better video card and give it a thorough try. I will do all the recommendations - download a trial Elements 11 and take a close look at Mercelli ( I liked the specs). It seems a good stabilizer software is essential as there are many times I don’t have time to set up a rig but have to just shoot and hope to rescue it later.
Thanks once again all.
Thanks for the follow up and what sounds like a lot of promising news.
Keep in mind that the Video Stablilizer is one of those video effects that takes much much more time to render when you render Timeline content to which is has been applied. So, do not think something is wrong if you run into that type of situation.....this applies to all Premiere Elements versions with the Video Stablizer effect.
Please update us on your progress when you get a chance.