If you have an iPhone 5S you have one additional shooting mode available. It's a video shooting mode labeled SlowMo, and as you probably can figure out from its name, it allows you to capture video and play it back in slow motion. Now a normal video is captured at 30 frames per second and traditionally smart phone and computer video editing apps that offer slow motion playback create that slow motion simply by displaying individual frames of video multiple times in a row. And that creates the illusion of slow motion. But because the source video is still only 30 frames per second, the quality of this artificial slow motion is really never that great.
But the slow motion mode on the iPhone 5S captures video at 120 frames per second, which gives you the ability to shoot fast moving action, and produce a slow motion version of the video at high quality. All you have to do is slide the mode dial to slow motion in the camera app, frame up your subject, and hit record. So this part isn't really any different than capturing a normal video. Tap stop when you're done. Once you capture 120 frames per second video, you can then edit it on your iPhone and specify the portion you want to view in slow motion. You can either open your Camera Roll or tap the thumbnail here in the Camera app to view the video.
Notice under the thumbnails for the video at the top of the screen there's a blue timeline made up of vertical hashes. The area between the black vertical indicators, where the blue lines are spaced further apart, represents the slow motion portion of the video. Place your finger over either of the black lines and drag left or right to adjust the slow motion start and stop points. Keep your eye on the video portion to see exactly which section of the video you're dragging over. Let's see how that looks. Pretty cool, right? If needed you can fine tune your adjustments until the slow motion occurs exactly when you want it.
occurs exactly when you want it. If for some reason you don't want to view any section of the video in slow motion, maybe you just prefer the high frame rate look of the video. Just drag one of the black bars to the other, and no slow motion will occur. Now one important thing you want to be aware of here, if you want to share your slow motion video with others, you can tap the Share button. And then you can choose from any of the available options here, like sending the video over messages, emailing it, or posting the video into YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo. You can also share the video by including it in a slide show to view directly on your phone, or by streaming it to a nearby AirPlay device like an AppleTV.
to a nearby AirPlay device like an AppleTV. What you can't do is export your video by connecting your iPhone to your computer with a Lightning cable and importing the video that way. Well technically you can import the video, but what you won't get is the slow motion portion. Instead you'll get the video at full 120 frames per second. If you want to slow a down a portion of the video on your computer, you have to do it by importing the video into a separate app like iMovie. Hopefully this will change in the future and you'll be able to export the final video from your iPhone because slow motion is a really fun and useful feature.
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