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Simple Tips on How You Can Capture Better Slow-Motion Video

Zach Ramelan

These four simple rules can help you capture the perfect slow-motion sequence for your next project — without overpowering the scene.

In this tutorial, we go over some simple rules to follow when capturing and creating slow-motion sequences. Slow-motion is a powerful tool, but if you don’t handle it properly, it can ruin your project.

Let’s take a look at some best practices to keep you on track.


1. Don’t Overuse It

Simple Tips on How You Can Capture Better Slow-Motion Video — Don't Overuse

Far too many content creators use this tool as a cinematic crutch. The value of higher frame rates is in quality, not quantity. If you use this effect for every single moment in a scene, it will become dull. Save it for important moments.


2. Keep It Steady

Simple Tips on How You Can Capture Better Slow-Motion Video — Keep It Steady

If you’re in a pinch, and you don’t have a stabilizer handy, shooting anywhere from 60 fps to 120 fps is a great way to smooth a handheld shot. This will allow you to capture more dynamic coverage that you can stabilize in post by slowing it down.


3. Motion and Emotion

Simple Tips on How You Can Capture Better Slow-Motion Video — Motion and Emotion

Slow-motion moments work best when there’s either fast motion or intense emotions. If someone laughs, cries, yells, or screams, chances are it will translate well in slow-motion. The same goes for anything with a lot of movement. Essentially, any detail that moves too quickly for the human eye — running, jumping, slapping, splashing — looks epic in slow-motion.


4. When and Where

Simple Tips on How You Can Capture Better Slow-Motion Video — When and Where

Slow motion should always enhance a moment. If there’s nothing to gain by changing the frame rate, then don’t do it. Clearly, slow-motion sequences are noticeable, but they shouldn’t pull the viewer out of the larger scene. Think about how, when, and for how long you can sustain a slow-motion sequence, and use it to enhance the scene, not draw it out.


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