Real-time image stabilisation for high-zoom surveillance cameras

StableEyes video stabilisation system uses the very latest electronic image processing technology to reduce camera shake, leaving operators with clear and steady video. Installing StableEyes increases the effective operational range of high-zoom surveillance cameras where the slightest mechanical movement can introduce picture shake.

The StableEyes video stabilizer is simply installed in-line with the viewing monitor and is compatible with either live or pre-recorded video. The system operates by employing ultra-fast video motion analysis techniques to remove the shake in real-time, resulting in stable video, which is far easier to view. 

Before and after correction with StableEyes Before and after correction with StableEyes

StableEyes can also improve the performance of digital compression systems, such as Internet or ISDN video links, as stable images compress more efficiently.

StableEyes is the result of a technology partnership agreement between QinetiQ and Ovation Systems. StableEyes image stabilization system draws on QinetiQ's vast experience of video imaging for defence applications coupled with Ovation's production engineering capability. It is the culmination of over 10 man-years of hardware and software development.

Video Stabilizer Operation

StableEyes video stabilization system operates by locking onto detail within the incoming video to differentiate between shake and background. Once locked, StableEyes repositions each video frame to remove any shake resulting in clear and steady video. This is achieved by complex software algorithms running on the very latest multimedia hardware chip - the Philips Nexperia®. StableEyes has been specially developed to cope with demanding image stabilisation situations such as noisy video sources (eg low-light cameras), movement of large objects within the scene and operation with pan, tilt and zoom installations.

Click for example Windows Media Player compatible .WMV video file showing operation of StableEyes video stabilisation on board racing cars. Pictures provided by 360 Degree Vision.

Click for example StableEyes clip improving the view of a number plate from a shaky camera.

Video Stabilizer Installation

StableEyes is normally installed in-line with the viewing monitor with either a live camera feed or
pre-recorded video. With CCTV systems, StableEyes is normally inserted in line with the operator’s spot monitor, as only the viewed camera requires stabilisation. When not required, StableEyes may easily be bypassed by either switching off the unit, or via a remote switch / contact to ground.

StableEyes Specifications

Outline Specifications
Operating temperature range 0 to + 40 deg C.
Mechanical Size 160 x 90 x 24 mm.
Finish Blue hard anodised aluminum.
Weight 440g (approx).
DC power requirement 10 to 16 V DC at ~ 6 Watts (e.g. ~ 600 mA at 12 V DC).
EMC compliance EN5502 class A. 
FCC part 15B class A.
Standard accessories User Guide, mains PSU & AC power lead.
Video input / output level 1 Vpp, 75 ohms.
Video Standards supported PAL & NTSC.
Video Connectors BNC & S-video.
Digitising resolution PAL:720 pixels by 576 lines. 
NTSC: 720 pixels by 480 lines.
System Delay < 80mS.
Video Bypass Active whilst powered down.
Signal to noise > 55 dB (Weighted).

Product Codes

Product CodeDescription
SE1B-5174StableEyes, PAL real-time image stabiliser system supplied with UK mains PSU, carry case and manual.
SE1B-5175StableEyes, PAL real-time image stabiliser system supplied with Euro mains PSU, carry case and manual.
SE1B-5176StableEyes, NTSC real-time image stabiliser system supplied with AC mains PSU, carry case and manual.

Due to continual product development Ovation Systems reserve the right to change specifications without notice. E&OE.

Our Products


  • Real-time image stabilisation of PAL or NTSC video images
  • Improves the operational performance of high-zoom surveillance cameras
  • Operates with live or recorded video
  • Compact, simple to install hardware
  • Can improve the performance of compressed video links
  • Applications: Town Centre CCTV, Cross-border monitoring, Long-range covert surveillance, Mobile recording, Video post-processing