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November 9, 2012
Final Cut Pro XVideo Tutorials

Slow Motion in Final Cut Pro X

Creating high quality slow motion videos in Final Cut Pro X is easier than ever.  In these tutorials discover how to use optical flow to giving your footage smooth slow motion in FCPX.

Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X has a new option for adding slow motion to your video footage – optical flow.  Unlike slow motion in previous FCP versions, optical flow doesn’t duplicate frames or blend frames together.  Rather, it actually creates new frames between the existing frames in your shots.  The result is (in most cases) much smoother slow motion in FCPX with less stutter and shake.  It’s worth noting that you can experiment with your footage and also try the more traditional “frame blending” slow motion as well to see which looks best.

Check out this very quick and informative video from OliviaTech on how to use optical flow in your Final Cut Pro X projects:

Final Cut Whiz

If you prefer to read, rather than watch, your tutorials then check out this rundown on using optical flow slow motion in FCPX by

See the difference between optical flow and frame blending in action. has put together a quick comparison video to show just how smooth optical flow is at creating smooth slow motion in FCPX:

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  • Dylan Higginbotham

    Thanks Danny.

    I’ve used Optical Flow before and I’ve had mixed results. For me the best way is to make sure the camera is static (on a tripod). If it has to move use a dolly or jib. Handheld footage doesn’t work well with Optical Flow.

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  • Sherm Stevens

    I appreciate you taking the time to put this page together, but one link leads to a dead WordPress site; your OliviaTech video is marked private. OOPS

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