Before buying

Which SteadXP should I choose?


Plugged on a GoPro®*, SteadXP@ will follow you anywhere, anytime in your outdoor adventures.

It works with GoPro® HERO[4, 3+, 3, 2] camera* and fits inside the GoPro®* housings with their BacPac™* backdoor. It cannot be used with a GoPro® HERO5* or later since it doesn’t have the connection to plug accessories on its back anymore. SteadXP@ is not compatible with GoPro® HERO5* or later, DSLR, MirrorLess and video cameras.




On a DSLR, MirrorLess or cinema camera, SteadXP+ will be your ultimate companion for filmmaking and video reporting.

It just needs a flash mount (coldshoe) and a mic input (jack, mini jack or XLR). HDMI and AV outputs are not required to plug the device. Be sure to deactivate the EIS/OIS of your camera while using our device. Otherwise it will mislead our algorithms. SteadXP+ is not compatible with GoPro®* cameras.


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Will SteadXP+ be compatible with my setup?

Your camera will be compatible with SteadXP+ if it has:


IBIS technology limitation:

On some IBIS cameras, even when IBIS is deactivated, the sensor will still freely « float » inside the camera body.
SteadXP cannot take those sensor movements into account, therefore it will not work with SteadXP (ex: Sony A7III, Sony A7R series, Panasonic GH5… Non exhaustive list).
However, since it depends on the IBIS technology, we can guarantee that it will work with the Sony A7SII, A7SIII and Nikon Z6.

If you plan to use your camera on an FPV drone (high vibration environment), please contact us for more details.


Audio recording limitation:

Please note that your selected recording mode (resolution + framerate) must record at least one audio track.
Panasonic BGH1, S1H and S1 cameras will not work with SteadXP either since a strong audio filter is applied by the camera, preventing the detection of SteadXP audio signal.


Lens limitation:

The design of Sirui lenses prevents keeping a fixed focal length: when the focus varies the focal length varies, which prevents using SteadXP.


N.B: If you are shooting RAW, you must first convert your RAW files before using them in SteadXP software

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Accessories not included with the purchase of a SteadXP+ device

When buying a SteadXP+ device, the following accessories must be purchased separately:

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Is SteadXP software compatible with my computer?

SteadXP software is included with the purchase of any SteadXP device.
It is available as a x64 (64 bits version) and is compatible with:

  • Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7
  • macOS 12 Monterey, macOS 11 Big Sur, macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 10.14 Mojave, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, macOS 10.12 Sierra

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Is SteadXP shipped to my country?

SteadXP products are shipped by DHL Express International to the following countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.

Don’t forget to specify a valid phone number if you order one of our products.

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Can I use SteadXP software without SteadXP device (and vice versa)?

No, SteadXP combines the device (which records your camera motions) and the software (which synchronizes videos and data files to correct the camera motions).
You need them both to stabilize your videos.

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Is SteadXP device compatible with my smartphone?

SteadXP was conceived for DSLR, MirrorLess, Cinema or GoPro®* cameras. It is not compatible with smartphones.

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How do I activate my SteadXP license?

A SteadXP software license is included with the purchase of any SteadXP device. You can install SteadXP softwares on as many computers as needed.

When using our software for the first time, you have to register your SteadXP device. For this, you will need the email address used when the product was purchased and the serial number of the SteadXP.

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Important to know before filming

Essential tips filming with SteadXP+


It is essential to film your sequence with the same focal length. So two possibilities: the best and easy one is to use a fixed focal (prime) lens or you can still use a zoom with some gaffer tape to prevent any focal movements.



Every other image stabilization systems have to be deactivated on your camera and/or your lens.


Shutter speed

The more dynamic the scene you want to film is, the more you will have to increase the shutter speed to avoid motion blur. E.g. If you are filming when walking, 1/125 could be quite enough but the result will be more efficient with a higher one.

In a dynamic context (i.e running), we advise not to use SteadXP with shutter speeds lower than 1/250 to avoid motion blur artefacts.


Recording SteadXP audio signal

To work with SteadXP+, your camera needs an Ext MIC input (jack, mini-jack or XLR cable). Full details here.


Cold Shoe mount on cinema cameras

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Essential tips filming with SteadXP@


For optimal rendering, setup your action cam with:

  • 4:3 image ratio like 1440 or 2.7K
  • Wide field of view
  • The best resolution available
  • The LED enabled
  • “Never” option enabled for display sleep

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What is a correct synchronization movement?


To get the best stabilization, it is essential to correctly synchronize the video with its motion data recorded by SteadXP.
For each video, the software performs an automatic synchronization, which must be validated in Sync tab (takes ~10s per video). If done correctly, the background should remain perfectly still during playback.

If your synchronization movement doesn’t work or if you forgot it, don’t worry! There is always a way to find to correct synchronization value, as long as the SteadXP was correctly plugged and the focal length didn’t change. You can either Retry to synchronization analysis on a different frame or change the synchronization value manually.

However, a correct synchronization movement will save time in post: the auto-synchronization will be perfect right away!

Here is how to make a good synchronization movement:

For SteadXP+:

1. Aim at distant contrasted background, slightly up (not too many foreground objects for the first 5/10 meters)
2. Plug SteadXP+ and wait a few seconds for the boot sequence to finish (do not move the camera)
3. Start the recording
4. Make 2/3 sudden low amplitude wrist movements on the pitch axis, like explained at the start of this video tutorial

For SteadXP@:

1. Aim at distant contrasted background, slightly up (not too many foreground objects for the first 5/10 meters)
2. Start the recording and wait a few seconds for the boot sequence to finish (do not move the GoPro)
3. Make 2/3 sudden low amplitude wrist movements on the pitch axis, like explained at the start of this video tutorial


You can choose to detect the synchronization movement at the end of the videos instead of the beginning (the default).
This can be done in the Preferences:

Or directly after browsing a directory:


NB: Make sure to film only above the horizon when doing the synchronization movement, to avoid foreground objects (floor)
 If you are filming inside, aim at a ceiling corner

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Common issues

I cannot create a good camera profile

We can help you if you have troubles creating a camera profile. You can send it to SteadXP for evaluation:

  • launch SteadXP or SteadXP Calibration software
  • click on File ➞ Export Camera Profiles
  • select the camera profiles that you want to export
  • click on Export and select where to create the .zip file containing the selected camera profiles
  • send this .zip file to

When saving a camera profile, the calibration frames used for the calibration analysis are also saved. SteadXP will use these calibration frames to evaluate the camera profile quality. The calibration frames will of course not be released publicly.

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Why is the LED of my SteadXP blinking 3x red and 3x green?

If the LED of your SteadXP is blinking 3x red and 3x green (SOS signal), it means that the microSD card of your SteadXP is either:

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I do not see my camera profile in the software

SteadXP software only displays camera profiles matching the resolution of your input videos, because the camera profile must have the same resolution as the input video in order to apply our stabilization.

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SteadXP software reports me Audio analysis failed

When importing new videos, SteadXP software will first analyze audio tracks for each video, looking for our digital audio signal.
Recording this audio signal sent by SteadXP+ (at microphone level) is mandatory to stabilize your shots with SteadXP software.

So always control your audio Vu-Meters at setup time! Another common mistake resulting in an Audio analysis failed error is a wrong audio cable insertion (be careful to plug your SteadXP+ on “MIC In”, and not on “Headphones In”).

Once plugged, most DSLR and Mirrorless cameras will automatically adjust audio gain properly to work with SteadXP+ (when camera was set to AUTO audio gain).
If your camera audio gain is set to MANUAL, we recommend to adjust audio levels close to saturation (80% is fine).

More info and advanced audio setups here

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I cannot get good stabilization results

Bad stabilization results can be explained by several factors.
If you see jitter in your renderings, please check the following points:

1. IBIS / OIS / EIS were not disabled
Every other stabilization system on your camera / lens must be disabled for SteadXP stabilization to work properly.
Unfortunately, videos filmed with other stabilization systems enabled cannot be recovered by SteadXP software.

2. SteadXP+ was not perfectly aligned with the optical axis

  • The cold shoe is not perfectly aligned with the optical axis, this is especially important when using long focal length.
  • The lens mount is physically damaged, there is some play. Even a slightly moving lens will produce bad stabilization with SteadXP.

3. The camera profile is incorrect
Generally speaking, SteadXP is very sensitive to focal length. Using an incorrect camera profile will result in bad stabilization results:

  • Make sure to select the exact camera profile corresponding to the lens used when filming.
  • With a zoom lens, the focal length must exactly match the value used when creating the profile (only at min/max focal length).

If you need help, SteadXP can help you validate your camera profiles.

4. The synchronization value is wrong
If the synchronization analysis was performed on a foreground object, you should select a different frame with mainly background visible and click on Retry to relaunch the synchronization analysis.

This can be avoided by doing a proper synchronization movement at the start of your video.
If you forgot the synchronization movement when recording, don’t worry it will still work. If you do it, you will save time in post when derushing many videos at once: the auto-synchronization will be perfect right away.


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SteadXP hardware

What is the battery life of SteadXP+?

Fully charged, you can use SteadXP+ for 10 to 12 hours.
You can charge the SteadXP+ battery with the micro USB port.

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What microSD card do you recommend?

SteadXP devices are recording motion data at 24kB/s, so using this 2 GB microSD card, you have a 24H autonomy.

We recommend formatting your microSD card (1GB to 32 GB) with the SD Memory Card Formatter, using FAT16 or FAT32.

Warning: exFAT formatting is not supported by SteadXP devices.

Warning: you should save any data stored on your microSD card before use with SteadXP devices, as the first time you insert a new microSD card, SteadXP will format it.

Warning: avoid formatting your cards with “Disk Utility” if you are working on macOS

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Audio cable: How can I record sound using SteadXP+?

SteadXP+ is sending a digital audio signal that should be recorded on (at least) 1 mono audio channel. You can still connect a microphone on the other audio channel, as described below.

On DSLR, MirrorLess:

We recommend this male to male cable. Since SteadXP only needs 1 audio channel, adding this Y-splitter audio separator cable (1xStereo to 2xMono), you can record 1 mono audio track. We recommend using a preamplified microphone if you cannot set audio levels individually on each track.

Warning: This Y-splitter cable must be an INPUT splitter (SteadXP needs separate tracks). Do not use a generic OUTPUT splitter, as it won’t work!

On XLR Cinema cameras:

SteadXP+ audio signal is in fact a BALANCED signal: on a cinema camera we recommend recording it on audio Stream 1 or 2, using:

Whatever the audio cable you choose to use, SteadXP software will automatically recognize the type of connection.

NB: On RED DSMC1 cameras, you can use a single 1xStereo to 1xStereo male male cable.

Warning: You should disable +48V or any other phantom power in your camera settings since it could damage your SteadXP+


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How to calibrate my SteadXP (to enable horizon correction)?

To enable horizon correction, calibrate the gyros of your SteadXP on the temperature range you plan to use it with. This needs to be done only once for each SteadXP:
– first, we advise to let your SteadXP (turned OFF) in a cold (and dry) place during one night.
– then turn SteadXP ON (fully charged battery recommended) and place it on a perfectly stable surface (on the ground) so it warms up slowly (the heating up must not be too fast).
– finally, turn SteadXP OFF then ON again to finalize the temperature calibration.

After that, whenever you turn SteadXP ON, avoid shaking the device too much during the boot sequence (i.e when the LED alternates between red and orange).

To activate horizon correction in SteadXP software, simply uncheck the Roll checkbox in Preview tab.

N.B: This is for SteadXP+ and SteadXP@

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SteadXP softwares

Where can I download/update SteadXP softwares?

Log into your account and click on the blue DOWNLOAD link to get the latest version of our softwares.
If your computer is connected to the internet, SteadXP softwares will automatically detect new updates when launched.

If you want to try our demo version of the software, it is available here.

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How much disk space do I need to install SteadXP softwares?

You need around 300MB on Windows and 250MB on macOS to install SteadXP softwares.
Both come with disk space management functionalities that will allow you to free disk space used by SteadXP temporary data files (proxy_tmp folders).


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Does SteadXP include collaborative features?

The SteadXP license allows you to install SteadXP softwares on as many computers as you need.
You can register as many SteadXP devices as you need on a single computer.

So you can freely cooperate with other users and exchange:

  • Copy of SteadXP projects (.yxp files), which support user comments
  • Copy of SteadXP working directory, to work on another computer

To sum up, you can simply exchange and share your external hard drives and licenses.

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Which codecs does SteadXP software support?

For an extended video codecs support, SteadXP will propose you to install FFmpeg. If you choose to install FFmpeg with SteadXP, it won’t affect any previous or future installation of FFmpeg you could do: it will only be used by SteadXP softwares.

High bit depth codecs are supported until 16 bits, in and out.

If you are shooting RAW (R3D, BRAW, ARRIRAW, Cinema RAW Light…), you must first convert your RAW files (to ProRes or DNxHR for eample) before using them in SteadXP software.

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Are 16 bits videos supported?

High bit depth codecs are supported until 16 bits, in and out.

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Can I apply a color correction to my video and stabilize it with SteadXP software?

You can choose to apply a 3D LUT on the proxy and/or on output rendered videos.

To add new LUT files, click on File ➞ Import LUT

For a 16 bits workflow, we recommend grading after our stabilization process, but it’s up to you.

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What is a camera profile?

A camera profile describes a lens + camera recording mode (resolution/crop factor) configuration.
It is required to correct the optical distortion.

You can use our built-in camera profiles (277 profiles available), or create your own ones using our SteadXP Calibration software. Before starting, make sure to take a look at our video tutorial.

You can import/export camera profiles by clicking on File ➞ Import Camera Profiles or File ➞ Export Camera Profiles

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Where can I find my own camera profiles?

The camera profiles that you created are located in the folder Documents/SteadXP/cameraprofiles.
If you want to share your camera profiles with other users, please export them (FileExport Camera Profiles) and send them to, thank you!

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How should I derush my files?

To use SteadXP software, you need two types of files: video and motion data (.XPD) files.
You have two options to derush these files:

  • use our automatic derush feature (see video above)
  • or simply copy your video and XPD files in the same directory and then select it by clicking on Browse Input Directory in Input tab


Automatic derush

  • first plug in your SteadXP microSD card
  • select a directory to import the XPD files to
  • now plug in your camera SD card / hard drive
  • select the videos you want to import and the profile corresponding to the camera + lens combination that was used
  • fully automatic once Next was clicked (audio analysis, proxy creation, auto-synchronization…)

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How are the videos represented in Input tab?

An input item represents an input video found in the current working directory (image 1).

In this input item you will find the camera profile and XPD data file associated to the video, as well as general video parameters (duration, framerate, resolution…). The input item also lists the SteadXP projects (.yxp files) and renderings associated to this video.
Placing the mouse cursor over a video/project/rendering name will display the video/project/rendering information. You can also open a context menu for each video/project/rendering by right-clicking on the given video/project/rendering.

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Image 2
  1. Proxy player: Once the proxy is ready, click on the thumbnail to switch to the proxy player (image 2). You can play the proxy video (with sound) and set In/Out points to save projects. Click again to switch back to the thumbnail.
  2. Proxy video progression.
  3. Fast Access Actions (must be enabled in Preferences ➞ Input). Allows you to perform tasks like synchronization, optimization or adding to the Rendering Queue directly from Input tab.
  4. An external microphone was detected. Click to mute/unmute the proxy player.
  5. Add the project to the Motion Blur Queue.
  6. Add the project to the Rendering Queue.

Each item representing a video, project or rendering also has its own context menu (right-click to display it).
It offers additional information as well as actions like opening the parent folder of a file or playing a video.


tab uses colors to highlight important elements:

  • the video/project currently loaded in Preview tab is in bold white
  • the renderings of the current software instance are in yellow
  • the renderings of the last rendering operation are in bold yellow
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What are the Fast Access Actions?

The Fast Access Actions let you perform quick operations, directly from Input tab:

  • Validate the synchronization value
  • Retry the synchronization at the next keyframe
  • Validate the synchronization value, optimize the sequence and add it to the Rendering Queue

This lets you render a stabilized video with minimal interaction.

Fast Access Actions must first be enabled in Preferences ➞ Input ➞ Other.
Then to access them, simply left or right-click on


Hovering the mouse over 159 will show the result of the current synchronization analysis.


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How does the timeline work in SteadXP software?

The timeline in SteadXP software has 3 different modes: Trajectory, Reframing and Sync.

At any time, you can choose which splines are visible by using the display buttons:


Each spline has its own button:



159 Roll spline hidden 159 Roll spline visible
159 Pitch spline hidden 159 Pitch spline visible
159 Yaw spline hidden 159 Yaw spline visible
159 Zoom spline hidden 159 Zoom spline visible 159 Zoom spline + keyframes visible
159 Hyperlapse spline hidden 159 Hyperlapse spline visible 159 Hyperlapse spline + keyframes visible

To control the zoom variation in your sequence, the zoom button must be set to 159.

To control the hyperlapse variation in your sequence, the hyperlapse button must be set to 159.



The default mode for Preview tab, showing the virtual camera trajectory for the current sequence:



Zoomed around the cursor, allowing you to create, edit and remove keyframes:



Used for the synchronization between the video and the motion data in Sync tab:


Context menu

In Trajectory and Reframing modes, the timeline also has a context menu (right-click to show it) with several user actions:


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Batch processing (Rendering Queue) with SteadXP software


SteadXP software allows you to perform single renderings by clicking on 159 in Preview tab.
To process several renderings, use the Rendering Queue. There are two ways to add a project to the Rendering Queue:

  • In Preview tab, click on 159 159
  • In Input tab, click on 159 159

During the rendering, SteadXP uses an important CPU load, but you can always stop it or pause it and resume later.

To display the Rendering Queue, click on 159 in the status bar.

In the Rendering Queue dialog box, you can:

  • view a rendering export parameters
  • remove a rendering by clicking on 159
  • change the order by clicking on 159and 159
  • view the rendering video by double-clicking on it once the rendering is complete


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What are the project settings?

For a given SteadXP software session, the project settings are the stabilization and export parameters loaded by default for all the videos. They can be changed at any moment in Preview tab.

In SteadXP Calibration software, you can select project settings when saving a camera profile:

If they were not set in the camera profile, then they are initialized by SteadXP software Preferences:


You can also change them when browsing an input directory in SteadXP software:


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What is a stabilization profile?

A stabilization profile is a set of parameters (Roll, Pitch, Yaw, StabLevel, Histo, Zoom Out & Motion) controlling the dynamism of the clip to reproduce a typical look (e.g. shoulder-held camera effect …). It must not be confused with a camera profile.

Those profiles are accessible in Preview tab, where they can be loaded, saved and deleted:


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What is the Real Time Preview?


Use Real Time Preview to play your video with audio at a steady framerate. To enable it you can either:

  • Click on 159 in Preview tab
  • Press & drag the mouse over the timeline for loop playback of the selected zone of interest (press Backspace to reset)


The preview is buffered and its progress is represented by a blue line at the bottom of the timeline. When the buffering is ready, a sound notification is played (PreferencesGeneralReal Time Preview Sound Notification). The playback framerate is set to the output framerate (Preview ➞ Output Framerate), which by default is the input video framerate.

Right-click inside the zone of interest and select Cut sequence or Cut sequence + add to Rendering Queue to use the zone of interest as In and Out points of your sequence.




The input video audio track is played by default when available. To play an external audio track, right-click on 159 ➞ Load external audio track. To set the starting point in the external audio track, right-click on 159 ➞ Set timecode offset.

Speed up / slow down the playback speed by clicking on + / -. The current speed multiplier is displayed in the top right corner of the frame.


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How does the StabLevel work?

Adjust this parameter to control the stability of your sequence:

  • 0: correct the rolling shutter only
  • 0.6 to 1.2: gradually increase the stability while keeping a shoulder camera effect
  • > 1.2: for gimbal like results

For hyperlapse sequences, we recommend a StabLevel of 50 before optimizing.

NB: Using the digit after the decimal point, the StabLevel control is very accurate.

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How does the Histo functionality work?

Histo is a pixel interpolation feature helping to get the smoothest trajectories, especially useful in 1080 to reduce the crop factor.
This interpolation happens when black borders enter the framing. Historical frames (past and future) are used to fill these black borders.
You can adjust the number of historical frames used for the interpolation.

The Optimize feature will apply historical frames for each zone depending on its color. Click in the zone on the frame to change its color:
red to disable historical frames in this zone (typically foreground zones)
green/yellow to allow historical frames in this area

You must click on Optimize again if you change the colors.
These colors will be represented in the timeline Reframing mode.

N.B. During the preview, historical frames will be highlighted with a semi-transparent blue color, which will not be visible during the rendering.

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How does the Hyperlapse feature work?

We call it “Hyperlapse by SteadXP” (patent pending), even if it is more of an advanced speed ramping feature to be precise 😉
If you want to become an Hyperlapse beta-tester, please contact us at !

With this new Hyperlapse feature, it is now possible to speed ramp and stabilize your footage at the same time, with unprecedented fluidity:

  • Our software will first analyze motion in your video and initialize a speed ramping spline. Typically, the algorithm will apply a maximum acceleration factor on “straight lines” and decelerate on turns.
  • Of course you still get a complete control over the speed ramping spline (black spline controlled by user editable keyframes). The white spline shows the instantaneous angular velocity (on output video) at any time.
  • You can preview the result in real time (with the help of our new preview buffer with audio support). You can load an external audio track, to synchronize a music track for example.
  • But the real trick is that SteadXP will stabilize whatever the speed ramping evolution : no more abrupt rotation speed variation on a speed ramping change!
  • And a lot more will come in the future around this feature!


 Speed Ramping / Hyperlapse (patent pending)

The stabilized trajectory can now be optimized in both space and time:

  • the Flow Speed slider controls the target rotational speed
  • the Keyframe density slider controls the smoothness

To show the hyperlapse spline and keyframes, click on 159 in the timeline until 159 is displayed.


The hyperlapse spline is represented in black. Hyperlapse keyframes are represented by dots on the hyperlapse spline.
The hyperlapse spline will be represented in red where the hyperlapse value is equal to x1.

The rotational speed is represented by the white spline.
You can control the rotational speed by adjusting the speed ramping factor (hyperlapse speed).

We recommend shooting at high framerates for better results. Like 50 fps for a 25 fps planned export (i.e speed ramping factor of x2, or more).
Essentially because transitions from x3 ➞ x2 are less visible than from x2 ➞ x1: parallax speed evolution of moving foregrounds (regarding the camera) are affected by speed ramping factor changes and remain visible on frame.
x1 ➞ x2 multiplies every parallax speeds by 2, while x2 ➞ x3 “only” multiplies them by 1.5, hence less visible.

Interact with hyperlapse keyframes when the timeline is in Trajectory mode to adjust the speed ramping factor:

  • Create an hyperlapse keyframe by double-clicking on the timeline
  • Modify an hyperlapse keyframe by scrolling the mouse wheel on it
  • Delete an hyperlapse keyframe by double-clicking on it (multiple selection by mouse drag)
  • Copy an hyperlapse keyframe by right-clicking on it ➞ Copy hyperlapse keyframe
  • Paste an hyperlapse keyframe by right-clicking on the timeline ➞ Paste hyperlapse keyframe
  • Reset hyperlapse keyframes by right-clicking on the timeline ➞ Reset hyperlapse keyframes

Use the Real Time Preview for a smooth playback experience of your hyperlapse sequence with no long wait.

The hyperlapse value of the frame is displayed in the top left corner of the frame:


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Can I add Motion Blur before rendering my video?

You can choose between 3 different blur types: Rotational Blur, Motion Blur & Hyperlapse. They are accessible in Preview ➞ Motion.

Rotational Blur

From a cinematic point of vue, the Rotational Blur is accurate since only the rotational information of the virtual camera are taken into account. If you shot with 90° shutter angle, we recommend adding 90° Border intensity and 60° Central intensity to match cinematic look. Rotational Blur is useful for pano without moving objects, the computation time is fast.

Motion Blur

The Motion Blur is based on a frame by frame motion analysis. You can control the blur intensity in the image center and borders.
Since computation time can be important, we recommend pushing small sequences to the Motion Blur Queue first, to prepare the Motion Blur frames in advance. There are two ways to add sequences to the Motion Blur Queue:

  • In Motion, click on 159 159
  • In Input tab, click on 159 159

When motion blur frames are ready, they are drawn in the timeline, as shown here.
To display the Motion Blur Queue, click on 159 in the status bar.


Hyperlapse will produce better results with slow motion framerates. Its computation time is fast.

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Can I manually add a trajectory keyframe (Reframing)?


The timeline Reframing tab allows you to interact with keyframes and control the framing of your clip precisely.


Once in Reframing mode:

  • Create a new user keyframe by double-clicking on the timeline
  • Delete a keyframe by double-clicking on it
  • Copy a keyframe by right-clicking on it ➞ Copy reframing keyframe
  • Paste a keyframe by right-clicking on the timeline ➞ Paste reframing keyframe
  • Reset all the user keyframes by right-clicking on the timeline ➞ Reset reframing keyframes
  • Control the pitch and yaw by left-clicking inside the frame (the frame will be re-centered on the click position)
  • Control the roll by placing the mouse cursor in the frame and scrolling the mouse wheel

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Can I set a global orientation to my sequence (Reframing)?

With SteadXP software, you can apply a global orientation to your whole sequence.
To do so, simply click on 159 when the timeline is in Reframing mode.


Then, to set the global orientation, you can:

  • Control the pitch and yaw by left-clicking inside the frame (the frame will be re-centered on the click position)
  • Control the roll by placing the mouse cursor in the frame and scrolling the mouse wheel

To reset the global orientation, either right-click on the timeline or on 159 ➞ Reset global reframing.

A yellow 159 icon means that a global orientation is currently applied to the sequence.
Click on  the blue 159 icon to switch back to the default keyframe reframing mode.

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How can I control the zoom?

You can now control the zoom value all along your sequence:

  • to create a dolly zoom effect in a few clicks with very high precision
  • if you plan to apply a speed ramping in your NLE

To show the zoom spline and keyframes, click on 159 in the timeline until 159 is displayed.


The zoom spline is represented in purple. Zoom keyframes are represented by dots on the zoom spline.
Interact with zoom keyframes when the timeline is in Trajectory mode to adjust the zoom variation:

  • Create a zoom keyframe by double-clicking on the timeline
  • Modify a zoom keyframe by scrolling the mouse wheel on it
  • Delete a zoom keyframe by double-clicking on it
  • Copy a zoom keyframe by right-clicking on it ➞ Copy zoom keyframe
  • Paste a zoom keyframe by right-clicking on the timeline ➞ Paste zoom keyframe
  • Reset zoom keyframes by right-clicking on the timeline ➞ Reset zoom keyframes

The optimization algorithm will take these zoom keyframes into account to reach smoother trajectories in specific parts of the video.

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Can I process very short videos with SteadXP software?

We recommend at least 8 seconds videos.

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What are the options in SteadXP preferences?

The preferences are accessible in the software menus:
– on macOS: SteadXP ➞ Preferences
– on Windows: Help ➞ Preferences

There are 3 categories in SteadXP preferences:
– General: general options about SteadXP software
– Input: options about auto derush and Input tab
– Rendering: rendering options

– Reactivate help messages: reactivate help messages that were hidden (by clicking on Do not show this again)
– Auto update check: automatically check for software updates at startup
– Sound notification: play a short sound when SteadXP sends a notification
– Real Time Preview sound notification: play a sound notification when the Real Time Preview is ready
– Framing dead zone opacity: adjust the opacity of the framing dead zone (in Preview tab)
– Blur: GPU acceleration: enable GPU acceleration for Rotational and Motion Blur calculations
– Close after Rendering Queue: close the software when a Rendering Queue is over
– Close after Motion Blur Queue: close the software when a Motion Blur Queue is over
– Hide sync validation: hide the message box displayed when clicking on Validate in Sync tab
– Author: specify an author (used for projects, camera profiles, stabilization profiles…)

Memory Card:
– Media auto detection: automatically look for videos/XPD files when plugging new media (USB drive/SD card…)
– Always import all videos: import all videos from the new media (USB drive/SD card…) that was plugged
– Auto import videos from: when importing from a new media (USB drive/SD card…), automatically search videos in the folders
– Auto import videos to: when importing from a new media (USB drive/SD card…), pre-select the import (destination) folder
– Default sorting: default sorting mode for the videos listed in Input tab
– Detect Sync move at the end: detect the synchronization movement at the end of the videos (instead of the start)
– Display list of projects: automatically show the list of projects of each video in Input tab
– Highlight In/Out points: show In/Out points of projects/renderings listed in Input tab
– Enable Fast Access Actions: perform actions (sync validation, optimize, add to Rendering Queue) directly from Input tab

Rendering Management:
– Default rendering name: append “_seq” to the rendering name
– Custom rendering name: include the selected parameters in the rendering name
– Rendering Queue auto show: display the Rendering Queue when pushing a new project
– Play sound after single rendering: play a sound notification when a single rendering is over
– h264 bitrate: adjust the bitrate of the h264 output codec (approximate values)
Default Project Settings:
– Stabilization profile: pre-select a default stabilization profile to use automatically in Preview tab
– Resolution: pre-select a default output resolution to use automatically in Preview tab
– Ratio: pre-select a default output ratio to use automatically in Preview tab
– Codec: pre-select a default output codec to use automatically in Preview tab


SteadXP Calibration:
SteadXP Calibration software preferences offer one option:
– Enable anamorphic lens (desqueeze factor): manually edit the desqueeze factor of anamorphic lenses

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How can I find the rolling shutter value of my camera?

When creating a camera profile, you will need to know the rolling shutter of your camera. Check out this page to learn how to find this value.

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Where can I find the chessboard to create my camera profiles?

To calibrate your lenses, you can choose between 2 different chessboards. Click here to see which one you should use.

Once you have selected the chessboard you want to use, click on Display for Filming in SteadXP Calibration Input tab and follow the instructions of the slideshow to calibrate your lens.

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Which chessboard should I choose to calibrate my lens?

When creating your own camera profile, you must film a chessboard under different angles to correct the optical distortion of the lens.

SteadXP Calibration software comes with 2 different chessboards. Select the chessboard depending on your input video ratio:

  • a 16:9 chessboard for videos with a ratio > 3:2 (like 16:9, 17:9, 2:1, 2.39:1…)
  • a 1:1 chessboard for videos with a ratio ≤ 3:2 (like 3:2, 4:3, 1:1…)

Warning: The design of Sirui lenses prevents keeping a fixed focal length: when the focus varies the focal length varies, which prevents using SteadXP.

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How do I select my chessboard video(s) in SteadXP Calibration software?

To select videos in SteadXP Calibration, you can either:
– select a single chessboard video, where all the angles were filmed
– select multiple chessboard videos, each one of them filming one angle at a time

If you choose the second option, SteadXP Calibration will merge those multiple chessboard videos into one single video. Go with this option if it is easier for you to film one angle of the chessboard at a time, each of them in a short video.

To learn how to film the chessboard, please refer to our calibration video tutorial

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Video & Data files

Is it possible to change the .XPD files timestamp?

No, it is not possible to change this timestamp. SteadXP software will automatically find the .XPD file corresponding to your video.

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Can I rename my .XPD data files?

No, .XPD data files should not be renamed.

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Can I rename my GoPro video files?

It is not recommended, since SteadXP software uses the GoPro file naming format to detect matching .XPD data files.

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Can I use a zoom with SteadXP?

When creating a camera profile, only the lens ends can be used (for example @16mm & @35mm for a 16-35mm). Using gaffer helps fixing the lens.

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Can I use an anamorphic lens with SteadXP?

Yes, as long as your input video metadata are correctly set by the camera, SteadXP software will desqueeze it for you without any additional steps.
If not, you will need to desqueeze first before importing.

When calibrating your anamorphic lens in SteadXP Calibration software, the desqueeze factor will automatically be detected if available.
Otherwise, you can go to Preferences ➞ Enable anamorphic lens (desqueeze factor) and restart the calibration.


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How should I set the audio levels on my camera?

On a DSLR or MirrorLess camera, the auto-gain setup will set your audio gain properly.

Always check your VU-meters before recording, if the level is too low, your camera is probably set in audio manual mode. Then simply adjust your audio gain to 80%, close to the saturation.

The higher the audio levels, the better the stabilization quality (this is particularly true for high vibrations environments).

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Where can I find video tutorials?

Video tutorials are available here. You can also use the Documentation menu in both softwares.

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