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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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