How to Shoot Better Slow Motion

In this episode of cinema5D Essentials, Li-Lian and Johnnie discuss how to shoot better slow motion. Learn the techniques and settings you need to achieve beautiful slow-motion shots. 

We used the Panasonic GH5 for most of the B-roll shots, as it allows us to shoot 180 frames per second in full HD mode. The quality is just sufficient in order to make a point…

Don’t try this at home….

What can you learn in this episode?

  • When to use slow motion
  • What to look for when choosing a camera for slow-motion shooting
  • How frame rate is connected to shutter speed
  • How to correctly set your shutter speed
  • Why lights will flicker when shooting in slow-motion and how to prevent it
  • What is the cheapest way to achieve slow motion if your camera doesn’t support shooting at high frame rates (well, this can work only if you get a sun-burned nose like mine…)

And more!

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Love this new episode and looking for previous ones? Look no further. Click here for “Get More Out of Your Portable Light” and here for “What are Anamorphic Adapters?”

Music was kindly provided by Art List.

What camera do you use to shoot nice-looking slow-motion footage? Do you have any special tricks to help enhance your production value? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Vlad Box Rojas
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…..and use some sun protection….

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Anyone have an idea when editors will finally abandon using those ridiculous swoosh effects on titles and transitions? Someone made the mistake 20 years ago and every editor born without an imagination or creative bone in his body has been Xeroxing that bad decision ever since.

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Ironically, the author cautions the over-use of slow motion :-)

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Erkki Juurus

Okay, I subscribed to the C5D YouTube channel, so in return you need to promise to keep Li-Lian as a regular contributor in C5D. ;)
Wouldn’t mind having the Tilta, but she’ll do nicely, too. :)
I for one think Johnnie’s swoosh effects worked just fine as a folly/filler.

I haven’t been too interested in slo-mo for a couple of reasons until recently. One reason has been that my cameras either haven’t done it, or they have done maybe mediocre 50fps with moire&aliasing and stuff. Another reason has been the recent overuse of it in YT and elsewhere online. People have been using waaay too much slo-mo, even in ways and in places where it makes little sense. Other than as a form of, er, visual “self-radicalisation,” perhaps. I didn’t want to encourage any potential clients into that kind of cheesiness, either.

But now I’m getting more interested, thanks to a new camera that can do very nice looking 50/60p and pretty decent 120p in windowed mode (needs a wider angle lens), and I sort of ‘discovered’ the feature by putting it on by accident. It looked pretty cool, even though the clip was useless.

As for tricks to help enhancing your production value with slo-mo, I’ve got just one, use it sparingly. :)
Just like aerial footage. Short, well placed, well thought of clips among regular footage will give the best impact, without drawing attention to themselves, and becoming gimmicky distractions.

Oh and don”t do like I did, remember to turn the slo-mo setting off when you’re finished playing with it. :)

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