Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Super Slow Motion

You have seen the beautiful super slo-mo replays in shows like Mythbusters and Time Warp. Renting a camera such as the Phantom that shoots 1,000 frames per second to get that same look in-camera will cost you over $3,000/day. There are some ways to cheat in post-production and get a look that is close, however, though not by using your standard retiming functions in Final Cut, Premiere or Avid.

Twixtor is a program that has been used by many professionals with much success over the last few years. They developed a way to essentially create new frames by using information from the previous and following frames to predict what the new frame will look like. It has a bit of a learning curve, but it is a worthwhile purchase. For those who already own Final Cut Studio, however, there is a technique that can be used without any additional software purchases. This tutorial will show you the process for getting amazing-looking 1000fps video using only Final Cut Pro and Motion. There are some limitations to what kind of footage this will work on, but it is certainly a good tool to have handy.