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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Making slow motion video

Let’s start with the camera. You can use a normal camera. Set it to the highest frame rate you can and make sure the shutter speed is fast enough that you don’t get motion blur. As a starting point, try 2x the frame rate. If you’re shooting at 60 fps, start with a 1/120th shutter speed. Shorter will give you a crisper image, but will require more light.

Now slow that down in your editor to 30 fps or 24 fps. To get slower, you can use your editor and sometimes third-party plug-ins. There are limits though.

If you want to see something really fast, like a bullet, you need a special camera that can record hundreds or thousands of frames per second.

If you want to freeze and examine a moment, consider firing multiple still cameras at the same time, This is how they did it in The Matrix. You can also put several cameras in a row along the path of a moving object and trigger them quickly for an alternative slow motion effect.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.