13/11/2013 | by Nina Zietman | 7 comments
You’ve seen the Art of Flight and were rightly impressed by the super-slo-mo double-cork action, yeah? It’d be great to get the same kind of effect in your videos but you don’t really want to drop ten grand on an 800fps camcorder just for a couple of shots.
As we covered last week, footage filmed at 50/60fps goes all jerky if you slow it down to much under 50% – but a handy little trick called frame interpolation might be able to help. Don’t worry if the title makes it sound all IT Crowd. It basically means that software plugins such as Twixtor can create new frames to go between the ones you’ve filmed to smooth out for slo-mo. Clever eh?
Be warned though, it’s not a complete substitute for a proper fancy camera. Unless your subject is wearing bold, block colours against a fairly plain background, weird things start happening at the edge of the action. So, as with everything, use your knowledge to check if it’s really necessary for your edit.