With these tips, you'll get started with your own slow motion recordings in no time
Are you looking for just that little extra in your recordings? With slow motion videos, you can tell your story in a creative and impactful way. In the past, you needed a special slow motion camera in order to get a good slo-mo, but nowadays you can easily create this effect with your own camera. Finding the right settings can be tricky, so in this article we will help you on your way to smooth, stylish and cool slow motion.
Delayed images have a big impact; your emotional state is affected by the perception of time. For example, slow motion is used to create tension, to better portray details or to emphasise emotions. Whether it's an amazing moment in a nature documentary or a shocking event in an action film; slowing down movement emphasises the impact and importance of the action. For anyone excited about slow motions, we have a few tips below.
Frames per second
Videos are recorded at a number of frames per second, also called the frame rate. Most videos are recorded at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second (fps). For a slow-motion shot, increase the number of frames per second. When you record more frames per second, there are no blank spaces and hiccups later in the editing software. The higher the frame rate, the more motion you capture. For a slow-motion of someone's emotion, 60fps is often enough, for more action you need a higher frame rate like 120fps.
You've shot the perfect video with a high frame rate and the right shutter speed, now it's time to slow it down. Some cameras have a built-in slow motion feature that automatically edits your shot. If you don't have a slow motion camera, you can slow down the video with editing software. Set the project to a "normal" Frame Rate and convert your recording. In professional programs (like Premiere Pro) there is a special option for this, in other programs you manually enter the speed or duration of your video.
Want extra assurance that your recordings are smooth and stable? Use a tripod. For shorter videos, a tripod is not always necessary, but for longer shots it is. In fact, a slow shutter speed often causes motion blur due to vibrations when you have the camera in your hand. As mentioned earlier, if you want to add more movement, consider a ball head, so you can quickly and easily adjust in all directions. If you prefer to work handheld, a gimbal is ideal for creating super smooth shots.