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The Grandeur of Slow-Motion

Do you get goosebumps when Ajay Devgn walks away from an explosion without looking behind or Keanu Reeves dodges bullets from the iconic scene from "The Matrix"? If yes then you are a fan of slo-mo shots.

Slow-motion is the process of making objects and motion appear slower than they are. They are used to draw the viewer into a specific moment. Wherever slow motion is used, it draws attention to the moment and gives the audience a sense of being included in something very intentional. Slow motion is also used in advertisements to emphasize the nonvisual attributes of the product such as taste, smell, and haptic sensations. When done correctly, slow motion videos can be extremely captivating and mesmerizing.

There are a few things to keep in mind when creating a slow motion video. The most important is to make sure that the content is interesting enough to keep people’s attention and is used best with high-speed movements. To achieve slow motion with digital video cameras, one has to record at a faster frame rate and then play at a normal rate. The higher the recording FPS, the slower will be the playback. When you play the footage at normal speed, you can see the full slo-mo effect. While 24 FPS (Frames Per Second) is the standard recording speed, today's digital cameras can record above 1000 FPS at 4K resolution like the Phantom Flex4K.

One other thing to keep in mind is the use of lights while shooting in slow motion. Try to have optimal lighting for the slow parts of your creatives as the slower playback speed will emphasize the highlighted content of your footage, and if the video is poorly lit, the effect will suffer. Bumping up the FPS will decrease your exposure hence you would be required to place more lights to keep proper exposure. You would also be required to change your shutter speed/ angle and ISO according to the FPS.

To conclude, slow motion is a great asset for video and film production but requires pre-planning and a technical understanding of the camera and FPS used. Different software's like Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe After Effects can help you slow down the footages in post-production but won't give you the best effect as recording at higher FPS's.

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