Jarle’s Deadpool Handheld Camera Presets

Deadpool Camera Shake

Here you can download the «Handheld Camera» presets I made for the movie Deadpool. These are real camera shake presets, made from actual shots with a real camera – not some digitally created wiggle. That makes them truly organic and real looking. And of course, they’re all GPU accelerated and will work in real-time in Premiere Pro.

Deadpool Poster

Some history

Vashi Nedomansky was hired as a consultant on the Deadpool movie to help lead editor Julian Clarke and the rest of the editing team with their Premiere Pro workflow. They used After Effects to simulate handheld camera shake, but it slowed them down because they had to go to After Effects, and there was some rendering involved. So Vashi contacted me, and asked if I could make some Premiere Pro presets for handheld camera. He knew I had a short one already in Jarle’s Presets v 3.

So I made some new ones that were longer, and had various amounts of shake because they were shot with different lenses etc. You can read more about the way the Deadpool team used Premiere Pro at The Pro Video Coalition and on Jonny Elwyn’s blog.

Want Motion Blur?

To keep these presets working in real-time, there’s no Motion Blur. You may want Motion Blur on the shakiest presets. If you want Motion Blur on your clips, just right-click and choose Replace with After Effects Composition. In After Effects, turn on the Motion Blur switches for the Layer and for the Composition. Go back to Premiere, and you have Motion Blur on your camera shake.

Download the presets for free

Now, you can use the very same presets used by the editors of Deadpool to simulate handheld camera in your locked-off shots. Just download the presets, unzip the ZIP file and import the presets to Premiere. (In the Effects panel, right-click the Presets folder and choose Import Presets, then point to the .prfpst file). Throw them on your boring locked-off shots to create a more energetic look. Please note that I made these in Premiere Pro CC2015.2, so they may not work in older versions of Premiere. EDIT: I just got a word from someone using CS6, and he says it works a charm in CS6! 🙂

If you like these presets, you may want to learn more about advanced editing techniques in Premiere Pro. Take a look at The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro, where you’ll learn how to make advanced effects presets and edit faster in Premiere Pro.

Deadpool logo


Contents, Jarle’s Deadpool Handheld Camera Presets

  • For any footage
    • Handheld Camera – Long Lens
    • Handheld Camera – Small Camcorder
    • Handheld Camera – Somewhat Steady
  • For over-sized footage
    • Handheld Camera – More Movement
    • Handheld Camera – More Movement Smooth
    • Handheld Camera – More Movement, Smoothest
    • Handheld Camera – Lots of Movement

Gavin Greenwalt Converted the presets over to Nuke Transform Gizmos, and made them available at http://pastebin.com/XdmMfKAY.

Vashi took the time to create a sample video where he applied some of the presets, so you can see the effect. Watch it below.

If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s the trailer.

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26 Responses

  1. Steffen says:

    1000 Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Sergei says:

    Спасибо за информацию и за пресет! Thanks!

  3. These are AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Awesome! Thanks so much!

  5. Pirotte says:

    THX 🙂

  6. bob says:

    thanks for the shake presets !

  7. Converted them over to Nuke Transform Gizmos if anyone wants them.

  8. Eran says:

    Any way of using these in Adobe after effects?

  9. Micheal says:

    Thanks Jarle

    They made the entire movie in Premiere?

  10. wow..this is one of the best free effect I have find. Very useful.

  11. Donald says:

    Great plugin! Question. I am working with 4K footage on a 1080 Sequence so when I apply, it scales the image to 105%. I can scale down to the size I want but I cannot change the position. I know that’s because of the keyframing. Is there any way to position my subject where I want them in the frame? Thanks!

  12. Peter says:

    Thanks for this, it’s great. Was wondering how to make the effect last the entirety of the clip?. It stops ‘moving’ halfway through and goes back to a static shot.

    • Open the Effect Controls Panel and you’ll see the keyframes for Position and Rotation under Transform. You can copy and paste some of these to make the shake last longer. You may have to tweak a few keyframes to make it flawless. Or just cut to another clip and then back again. 🙂

  13. lawrence says:

    FUcking nice!! THanks from hong kong somebody

  14. Ultranoia says:

    Anyone know how to convert the .prfpset for use in Final Cut Pro X?

  15. Russ says:

    Awesome! Thank you.

  16. Rufino Miguel says:

    thank you for everything you have done for us, iam learning alot with you, please keep sending me the news and god bless you

  17. Wilson Ribeiro says:

    Amazing!!! Tanks.

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