Ever wonder how people film those epic slow motion shots for their videos? Or simply want to make your edits more interesting by adding slow motion? We’ve got you covered!
Before you film:
1. Film in the highest fps possible
For WASPcam, this is either 30fps for the 9905 Wi-Fi, or 60fps for the 9906 CAMO and 9907 4K. Filming in the highest fps will give you more frames to work with later when you slow down the footage in editing.
2. Turn on anti-shaking
All WASPcam action-sports camera models have an anti-shaking setting. You’ll want to turn this on to ensure you get the smoothest footage possible, because once you slow the footage down, any shaking will become very apparent and could ruin a shot. This is also true for speeding footage up.
3. Use a tripod
As mentioned above, you want your footage to be as smooth as possible. Using a tripod while filming will greatly improve your footage.
4. If possible, film a couple of takes
You’ll thank yourself later when you’re editing if you take the time to film a couple of takes. Whether your first shot was too shaky, or you didn’t quite capture everything you wanted, filming several takes of the same scene can save you the frustration of having to reshoot again later.
5. Choosing the right editing software
There are a lot of editing softwares out there to choose from, and picking the right one for you can make all the difference. Most editing softwares include the ability to slow footage down, but some softwares will give you more control over this than others.
6. Don’t slow the footage down too much
There’s a fine line between the perfect slow motion edit, and an edit than has been slowed down too much. Slowing footage down too much can make it appear “laggy”, rather than looking like that cool slow motion action shot you were going for. We recommend slowing the footage down between 200% – 600% (or 2x slower – 6x slower).
7. When making a full action edit, less is more
Over using the slow motion technique is also a pitfall for action editors. If every other shot is slowed down, it begins to feel dragged out. Instead, pick one or two clips to slow down that will add an interesting element to your edit.