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Daniel Monskey
Smooth Slowmotion Video Methods?
on May 25, 2011 at 7:32:05 pm

We are shooting some fast-action scenes (like race-cars flying past camera) and we want to get that super smooth, slow-motion framing we've been seeing a lot lately (perhaps to even time-remap the action as well---normal speed to slow to normal again. We know how to time-remap already). Are there any demo/instruction or pointer resources to help us know how to achieve this look before we go out and experiment?
We are shooting with a Panasonic HVX-200.
Dan

Daniel Monskey


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Smooth Slowmotion Video Methods?
on May 25, 2011 at 7:48:21 pm

[Daniel Monskey] "....we want to get that super smooth, slow-motion framing we've been seeing a lot lately... We are shooting with a Panasonic HVX-200."

Sorry, but you've got the wrong camera.

If you want super slo-mo, you have to get a camera capable of shooting it. No software is capable of generating the many, Many, MANY brand-new intermediate frames it would take to create super slo-mo.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Fernando Mol
Re: Smooth Slowmotion Video Methods?
on May 25, 2011 at 8:23:48 pm

Recording at 24PN and shooting at 60fps you cand extend your normal speed like two and a half times.

In post you can probably double that. This kind of slow, but not super slow motion (The Matrix bullet time). For that, as Dave points, you need a different camera.

A fake way to achiveve a super slow time effect is animating still frames in 3D space, like in the opening credits of X-Men origins Wolverine. Remember? But that's faking it.

I hope this helps


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Noah Kadner
Re: Smooth Slowmotion Video Methods?
on May 25, 2011 at 8:41:15 pm

Yeah unfortunately there's no cheap way to do this right. Either you rent a Phantom camera- which gives awesome results but is a $2K/day rental. Or you purchase a post-production slow motion effects filter like Twixtor which is $329-595 depending on which version you get:

http://www.revisionfx.com/products/twixtor/

Noah

Unlock the secrets of 24p, HD and Final Cut Studio with Call Box Training. Featuring the Panasonic GH2 and Canon 7D.


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Daniel Monskey
Re: Smooth Slowmotion Video Methods?
on May 25, 2011 at 8:46:57 pm

We don't need the "Matrix slow-motion". Just smooth 1/3 or 1/4 the speed. Sorry about the misunderstanding. The suggestions are great so far---and easy.
What I have been seeing a lot of these days is a camera slowly passing through space as fast action is slowed down in the distance to a 1/4 the speed. Or some action is slowed down (without camera movement) to 1/4 the speed---yet still really smooth.
Thanks genius gents!
Dan

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