Apple patent application reveals video stabilization solution for iOS cameras

“Apple revealed today via a newly published patent application that they have a video stabilization system in the works,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The system will be both hardware and software based and hopefully translate into an iMovie editing function,” Purcher reports. “I don’t know about you, but I’ve taken a lot of video with my iPhone and the quality is great – until you start moving that is. Without a solid tri-pod-like solution for the iPhone, the next best thing will be to have a software editing solution.”

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Purcher reports, “The good news is that Apple seems to have been working on this solution for about two years now, so hopefully we’ll have some relief of video jitters sooner rather than later. While it’ll never be perfect, especially when you’re on the move, anything will be better than the way it currently stands today.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application diagrams and illustrations, here.


  1. It worked for Blair Witch but it doesn’t do well for family hikes and so forth. Though it sure feels like I’m filming a Blair Witch episode every time I use my iPhone’s video on the go. Good to hear that something is in the works and iMovie makes the ideal place to implement it.

  2. You mean like the one just built into skype for iOS, or that is available in a dozen desktop programs? Can anyone in Cupertino spell “prior art”?

    This patent business is getting more ridiculous by the day.

    1. And you don’t think apple’s solution is substantially different from skype’s? There are plenty of stabilization solutions out there. Obviously Apple’s is unique enough that they could get a patent for it.

  3. I sometimes use a lump of Blue-Tac as a tripod substitute.

    Keep the BT warm in your pocket and it will work on many surfaces. Good for dashtop in-car movies, especially if you can glop the BT into an air-vent louvre.

  4. Electronic , mechanical and optical stabilizers have been in video cameras ( in the consumer market) since ’92. Some version of a predictive electronic system makes the most sense in the iPhone, due to size and lower cost. That type does not work as well for panning, but it takes out the jitters when held steady.

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