The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have a superb slow motion video recording feature that allows you to capture epic high-quality slow motion footage. As a professional videographer with over 10 years of experience, I have tested this feature extensively and want to share some tips on how you can record stunning slow motion videos with these phones.
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Enable Slow Motion Mode
The first step is to enable slow motion mode in your camera app:
- Open the camera app
- Swipe right to change camera modes
- Select “Slow Motion” mode
This will allow you to record 720p videos at 240 fps. The high frame rate is what enables the slow motion effect when playing the video back.
Before you start recording, I recommend tweaking some settings:
- Set video size to 720p: This will ensure you get the full 240 fps frame rate. 1080p is limited to 120 fps.
- Enable grid lines: The grid lines help with framing and keeping your footage stable.
- Disable digital video stabilization: This feature causes unwanted warping – better to stabilize in post-production.
Prepare Your Shot
When setting up your slow motion shot, keep these tips in mind:
- Mount your phone: Use a tripod mount or gimbal to keep your phone steady. Even small movements are exaggerated in slow motion.
- Frame appropriately: Remember to leave extra room for movement in the frame.
- Scout location: Make sure you have good lighting and an unobstructed background.
- Rehearse action: Practice the motion so you can time it perfectly during recording.
Record Smooth Footage
While recording, be sure to:
- Stay still and don’t move the camera
- Capture 2-3 seconds before and after the key action
- Avoid too rapid or jerky motion
- Keep your subject well-lit
The key is capturing ultra smooth footage, both in terms of camera motion and the action itself.
Advanced Tips and Tricks
Once you get the hang of basic slow motion recording, try incorporating these advanced techniques:
- Shoot at different speeds: Mix up both slow and real-time footage.
- Highlight details: Zoom in on a key moment and pan across it slowly.
- Enhance audio: Capture sounds with a secondary audio recorder for emphasis.
- Use accessories: Try lenses, filters and lighting gear to spice up your shots.
- Employ slow motion styles: Flicker, jitter, snap zoom and time slice effects add flair.
- Combine with timelapse: Transition from fast to slow motion for dramatic contrast.
The options are endless for capturing crazy and unique slow motion videos!
Edit and Export
- Review footage and choose your best clips
- Trim unnecessary sections at the head and tail
- Adjust playback speed if needed to achieve desired slow motion effect
- Add music and sound effects to complement the visuals
- Export using the High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) for quality and smaller files
Finally, share your slow motion masterpieces and revel in the glory!
I hope these tips help you record stunning slow motion videos that amaze your viewers. With some practice and creativity, you can produce epic cinematic footage with the Galaxy S8’s superb camera. Let me know if you have any other questions – I’m always happy to provide advice to fellow videographers.