Shoot Slow Motion In An Hd Camera

The slow motion video effect is commonly used in film and video productions to emphasize actions, slow down an actor’s movements, or to delay fast paced scenes. Although the slow motion effect is often achieved by reducing the footage’s speed in a video editing program during post production, it is important to maximize video capture for later modification. HD, or high definition, technologies have made it possible for capture devices to record high quality images and thus make preparing for slow motion shooting that much more important.


1. Choose the target capture format in which you wish to record your footage. For example, decide if you wish to record your footage in full resolution high definition, 1920 lines of resolution by 1080, or a progressive resolution, which records images by scanning each line every 16th of a second, such as 720 by 1280.

2. Set your camera to the highest possible FPS, or frames per second, setting. Many camcorders are capable of recording 60i, or 60 interlaced frames per second, at full HD resolution, and 60p, or 60 progressive frames per second, in 720p mode. Interlaced frame capture, a process that records every other line of the footage, will require interpolating during video editing. Interpolation techniques involve reallocating image data to empty lines of resolution.

3. Secure your HD camera on a stable surface such as a tripod to prevent unwanted hand movements from disturbing your field of view. Find a balance between the parts of the frame that are moving and not moving. For example, film an object or subject moving through a relatively still setting such as a field.

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4. Power on your high definition device and point the lens at the appropriate subject(s) or object(s) you wish to record. Press the record button once to begin footage capture and again to pause recording video.