Adding Camera Shake to DaVinci Resolve ML001

Shake Rattle and Roll – How You Can Add Camera Shake in DaVinci Resolve

March 12, 2013

If you want to add Camera Shake in Davince Resolve then it can be tricky since there isn't a 'shake' tool. Learn a quick workaround to achieve this effect.

Adding Camera Shake can add realism to your footage

Sometimes you just need to Add Camera Shake to a shot. Often the shot looks too much like a still image. Sometimes the shot just needs some extra energy or you need to hide some shoddy compositing. 

Resolve is not the easiest application to add camera shake as there is no quick and easy way to do this with the built in tool set. But thanks to a nifty trick using Resolve’s Color Trace tool this can easily be achieved.

In this insight I show you how to build the Camera Shake effect and how it can be saved in your Gallery library to become part of your color grading toolbox.


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  • My first Ha Ha moment here. Simple and great tutorial. 🙂 thanks

  • Patrick Inhofer

    Pablo – I’ve got say… this was my first Ah-HA! moment on MixingLight as well! It’s a great solution that had eluded me for two years.

  • ahahaha, Good to know Patrick! I’m looking around the site and it looks great. Lots of things to learn for a junior colorist. New to DaVinci. Greetings from Montreal.

  • Robert Due

    Awesome tip! I have to go find some footage to build this now. Thanks a lot!

  • I love this tip but I’ve accidentally just massively improved upon it or this is new in 9.1.4.

    Use a middle click to copy from a stabilised shot in your timeline to the clip that requires shake -voila (weird that the timeline copy works but not a gallery still grade but there you go)

  • Patrick Inhofer

    I’m not sure if copying / pasting tracking data is new in 9.1.4, but it’s relatively new.

    I still like Dan’s idea of saving off shots with varying amounts of shakiness – building a source library.

    But yes, copy / pasting tracks is potentially a huge timesaver.

  • You’re right of course ‘improved upon’ wasn’t really correct – I was a bit over excited. Having a library of known shakes is a great thing. If only they were saved in a power grade it would be the best of both worlds.

  • Andy DV

    I’ve been having trouble getting this to work in v10 with 4K R3Ds…The tracking data that is pasted into the new clip appears as a straight line, as if it recognizes there is tracking data in the clipboard but the keyframes aren’t coming across properly. If I attempt to zoom or play with the stabilize settings, it results in Resolve seizing up and requiring a force quit. Beware…

  • Ian Grey

    This is a cool workflow that is working great for me on a job at the moment, the only issue I have come across so far is finding long enough clips with shake to get a long enough track to apply to some long shots in my film. Had to shoot my own with tracking markers on a wall

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