Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting a slow-motion video, part of iPhone and iPad Photography with iOS 8.
- As mentioned earlier, the default video framerate on iOS devices is 30 frames per second. With iOS 8, you have the ability to shoot slow motion at 60 frames per second, and 120 frames per second. If you have the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you can also shoot in super slow motion at 240 frame per second. The resolution for 30 and 60 frames per second video is 1080P, and the resolution for 120 and 240 frames per second video is 720p.
Shooting in slow motion can really add a different dimension to your footage, and it's perfect for certain subjects. The super slow-mo of 240 frames per second can be very memorizing and hypnotic. There's something about seeing motion rendered this way that's incredibly fascinating. In the camera app, swipe on the screen until the camera mode changes to slow-mo. The default frame rate for slow-mo video in iOS 8 is 120 frames per second. And remember that you can also change the default video frame rate to 60 frames per second if 120 FPS is too slow.
In the slow-mo mode, tap on 120 FPS, and it will switch to the higher frame rate if that's available to you, of 240 frames per second. Start recording by tapping the red shutter button. Although stabilizing the camera can be an issue for video shot at normal speed, the beauty of slow motion is that the footage is so slow that it disguises any slight motion that might be caused by hand-holding the camera. This footage of a herd of Icelandic horses crossing the river was all shot hand-held.
Slow-mo videos are placed in their own slow-mo album to make them easy to find. They're also in the regular videos album. When you're viewing the slow-mo video, you can see the regular speed sections at the beginning and at the end of the video. Once the slow-mo kicks in, the marks become farther apart. You can adjust when the slow-mo starts by dragging on this section of the frame rate bar. When played on the iPhone, the slow-mo plays as it should, but in other media players on your computer, this may not be the case.
Older versions of QuickTime player, for instance, will play it at the speed it was recorded at, which will look just like normal speed. Newer versions of QuickTime player include a button for playing at either normal speed, or in slow-mo. If you have access to a video editor where you can change the frame-rate, such as iMovie, Photoshop or Premier, you can set the play back speed to 30 frames per second, and then the video will play in slow motion. You can share the slow motion videos directly from the phone to common service such as You-Tube, Facebook and Vimeo, and via this export process the proper slow motion frame rate should translate to the versions that are uploaded to these services.
The ability to shoot high quality slow motion video on your iPhone opens a door of a whole new way of creatively engaging with the world around you. Although herds of beautiful Icelandic horses certainly look spectacular in slow-mo, even ordinary things like the family dog running in the back yard can be equally as fascinating.
- Adjusting exposure and focus in the Camera app
- Using the self-timer and burst modes
- Shooting slow-motion and time-lapse videos
- Flagging favorites
- Creating photo albums
- Adjusting images with the enhanced editing controls in iOS 8
- Trimming video
- Sharing from Photos
- Sharing with iCloud
- Syncing photos with iTunes