Okay, I searched this forum and found the good posts on stabilizing video. I installed Transcode, then updated the files (I got a ton of errors on my codec before updating). I tested it out on a short clip of three of my beagles hopping around and me using the Kodak ZI10. Seemed to work fine - the output MP4 had mush less jitter and shake than the original.
So - my son and I put together a short 3 and a half minute video of hiking at a local park and doing a cleanup. Wayyyyyyy too much shake, it will make you seasick! (okay, I did not hold the camera steady, and we did some pans that are way to generic - sweep left, sweep right, come back half-way around).
I think I can fix the shake with the transcode. Question is - do the whole project in one sweep? Or do each clip and start the project over again?
For folks that get here instead of on the original forum question, the posts pointed to http://blog.hamoid.com/stabilize-video-in-ubuntu-linux and http://public.hronopik.de/vid.stab/download.php?lang=en
I'm liking KDenlive! But do you have a tool for folks that found they made generic, trite clips with cliched pans and goofy zooms?