Creating Beautiful Slow Motion in Adobe Premiere Pro
Slow-motion video can be very beautiful if used correctly. In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at creating smooth slow-motion from 60p video in Premiere Pro.
Don’t make the mistake of slowing down standard frame rate video for slow motion. It’ll look choppy and make you look like a total amateur.
Instead, to make smooth slow-mo, you’ll need to shoot your footage at a high frame rate and then play back your footage at a lower frame rate in your video editing app. Most DSLR’s have the capability to shoot 720p at 60 frames-per-second (fps). Shooting at 60 fps gives you the ability to play back your footage at a slower fps like 24 fps. So, in essence, your footage will be played back perfectly smooth with every frame accounted for at 40% speed. Still with me? Good.
Take a look at this video shot completely in 60p and slowed down to 40%. Notice how there is no frame blending or skipping in the slow-mo:
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a similar effect by conforming 60p footage to 24p in Premiere Pro. Unlike other video editing applications that make it complicated to get smooth slow-mo, it is really simple to create slow-motion in Premiere Pro.
There are 2 ways to slow down your 60p video in Premiere Pro…
Technique #1 – Slow down in your timeline
This one is simple and straightforward. Create a 24p sequence.
Place a 60p clip in your 24p timeline.
Right click the clip and make sure frame blending is OFF.
Right click the clip and go to “Speed/Duration” (⌘R).
Set your speed to 40%.
NOTE: If you are working in a different frame rate other than 24 fps, you will have to determine your speed by dividing your destination frame rate by your clip’s frame rate. Ex: 24/60=.4
Now you footage is in smooth slow-motion. You’ll notice that every frame is played back and there is no frame blending. Beautiful!
Technique #2 – Re-interpret frame rate
This is the way I usually conform 60p clips into slow-mo. This is also a good way to make multiple clips slow-mo in one simple step. This will make the selected clips in your bin slow-motion, so if you want to keep your original 100% speed clips in your project, you’ll want to duplicate them before doing this.
Select your clips in your bin that you want to make slow-mo.
Right click and select “Modify>Interpret Footage.”
Select “Assume this frame rate” and set the value to your timeline’s frame rate.
Done. Now, all the selected clips will play back in slow-mo. Pretty neat.
By using these simple techniques, using 60p video to create slow-motion in Premiere Pro is super easy. Slow-motion footage is a great way to add emotion and style to any video project.
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