How To Shoot Slow Motion on Mobile

With carefully selected in-camera settings and a proper conversion in post, you’ll be perfecting those gorgeous slow motion shots in no time.

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How To Shoot Slow Motion

Slow motion footage feels visceral in appearance and adds cinematic flare to any film when executed properly. Below are five essential tips for perfecting that slow motion shot you’ve been dreaming to capture.

Proper video setting for shooing Slo-Mo on mobile
Editingtips 1

Adjust Your Frame Per Second

The very first step in achieving a buttery smooth slo-mo clip is to increase your frames per second (FPS). Although the filmmaking standard is set to film in 24fps, increasing the number of frames to either 60fps, 120fps, and 240fps will effectively portray every fleeting microexpression in sight; giving you soft, yet realistic movement on mobile when slowed down in post.

60fps: Quicker paced clips, yet much slower than real-life movements to emphasis a dramatic subject.

120fps: The baseline for slow motion speed at just a quarter of the speed of real life. This is the go-to FPS for action-packed sport broadcasts and replays.

240fps: Epic b-roll shots with supremely smooth movements for a JJ Abrams-like affect.

You can adjust this setting in our Moment App by clicking the top button in the right-hand side to choose your desired frames per second.

Proper video setting for shooing Slo-Mo on mobile
Editingtips 2

Double Your Shutter Speed

When shooting in slow motion at 60FPS or 120FPS, it’s best to utilize less motion blur since the images are staying on screen for much longer.

A good rule of thumb to go by is to ensure that the denominator of your utilized shutter speed (ie: 1/48, 1/96, 1/44, etc) should be doubled what your frame rate is. So, if you’re shooting at 60fps, your shutter speed should be 1/120 and a 1/240 shutter speed for 120fps — so on and so forth.

Proper video setting for shooing Slo-Mo on mobile
Editingtips 3

Use Natural Light

Videography is a lot less forgiving for tricky light situations than photography. For extremely high FPS settings, like 240fps or more with the shutter speed at 1/480, you need a lot of light to correctly balance motion. What seems descent to the naked eye won't necessarily translate when shooting slow motion on camera. 

Keeping your shoots during sunrise, sunset, or midday will help minimize the deterioration of noise and unwarranted grain.

Low Light Capabilities
Editingtips 4

Convert

You’ll notice that videos shot at 60fps or 120fps during playback look a little funky — as they’re suppose to. Clips with a higher FPS give your editing software additional data information to work with when slowed down, eliminating the possibility of any choppiness.

Most — if not all — post editing softwares have the capability to slow down each clip by 10%, 30%, 50%, or 100%. Depending on your desired dramatization of motion, adjust to how “slow” you want your clip by converting the FPS to a higher percentage.

Proper video setting for shooing Slo-Mo on mobile
Tip 5

Less Is More, Don’t Overdo It

Every filmmaker has a tendency to interrupt their video’s fluidity by adding too many unnecessary slow motion shots. Although they make a fascinating visual centerpiece, adding too much “fluff” into the mix defeats its uniqueness. Always aim to leave your audience wanting more.

Proper video setting for shooing Slo-Mo on mobile
Proper video setting for shooing Slo-Mo on mobile

With carefully selected in-camera settings and a proper conversion in post, you’ll be perfecting those gorgeous slow motion shots in no time.

Happy Shooting!

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