Tips for Filming Slow Motion

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First, How Slow Motion Actually Works

Understanding the basic principle of slow motion is helpful for both properly following and bending the format’s rules, so bear with me for just a second. Slow motion captures a bunch of pictures very fast—at least 120 images per second, and often 300 or more. Meanwhile, video typically plays back at an eyeball-friendly 24-30 frames a second. Your 300 images may have been filmed in one second of real shooting, but they will last for 10 seconds on screen, because you want to slow things done on the screen. And slow motion is born. slow motion, slow motion video, slow motion filming, slow mo

Frame rate per second

Slow motion really doesn’t work very well on camera systems not designed for it in the first place. So if your camera only shoots 24 or 30 frames per second of video, your slow motion will be merely faked by editing. It’ll suck. This is about capturing life you normally can’t see: The flitting of a bug’s wings, the popping of a water balloon, the fleeting micro-expression of joy or pain on a person’s otherwise complacent face. While most common camcorders won’t have the high frame rates available in their settings. Action cameras more likely allow higher frame rates so we can create those amazing slow-mo shots. For example GoPro Hero4 Black can shoot up to 120 FPS.

Use Lots of Light

As we found out first hand, if you’re shooting somewhere dark, you’re screwed. The faster the shutter speed, the more light you need to shine on the object. When you shoot slow mo, you are taking pictures quickly. And when you take pictures quickly, light has less time to create an image in your camera. Shoot in plenty of light, or you will get dark and gloomy slow-mo.


You’re always better off shooting on a tripod for optimum clarity, but if there’s one time you can get away without it, it’s slow motion. video service toronto, video editing toronto


If you are shooting with a very shallow depth of field, the focus of the shot is vital to it being usable. In this case using a tripod is important, any slight movement of your hands could shift the camera out of focus.


The downside to shooting in slow mo is that you almost always end up with more footage than you need. You need to have plenty of storage on hand, if you are planning to film slow motion.


The final problem with slow mo is sound, as in, there is none. That’s the reason you hear music playing over clips.

Watch these amazing surfing videos in slow motion

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