Smarter Every Day has posted a very nice example video of audio master Gordon McGladdery recording audio to be incorporated into slow motion footage. Since recording real slow motion sound that is usable at super high speeds is an impossibility due to the undiscernable pitch that results from it, you need to get creative with some reverb, echo, pitch, and chamber audio effects in order to get a compelling final product. We are big fans of both their channels and make sure you check them out for supporting them.
There have been some incredible slow motion videos produced as of late and we want to showcase a sample of them in Slow Motion Video Watch. It showcases slow motion examples that you should not miss and are designed to stimulate your creativity so you can produce your own slow-mo masterpiece.
Even cheap phone cameras or action cams are able to produce some of the most creative clips out there; with many lost in the eternity of internet video lists. If you have some you would like to share, make them known on our contact page!
Nick Moore the creator of the Youtube channel of the same name has done a primer video on the recording of audio along with high-speed video. He goes into some detail about the usability aspects and limitations of recording audiothat is usable. Interestingly it can also mean you are better off faking the audio in post production for a better effect especially if you want it for a movie or tv show that demands quality audio.
The frequencies needed and data capture rate matter a lot in slow motion audio recording. In the end, it is a balancing act of what can be heard by the human ear and what you can exploit on reasonable time frames. It is much easier for example to record audio up to 240fps but it becomes increasingly less usable the higher the frame rate goes. At 1000fps you probably will not have anything worth keeping.
We have received quite a few messages about how to shoot the solar eclipse next Monday, August 21st 2017 in slow motion. After all the more frames you capture, the more temporal detail that will be preserved but there is a threshold when diminishing returns from shooting high fps take a toll on image quality, dynamic range and color accuracy.
In short, the rule of shooting the total solar eclipse at high speed will be based on timing on one hand and detail retention on the other. We have found in our research that you really do not need more than 120fps in order to get a great solar corona snapshot with enough detail and variance. 24 and 30fps regular frame rates are also good and perfectly acceptable.
If you ever wanted to see slow motion footage of the Apollo 13 Saturn V rocket on liftoff here is your chance. The video uploaded about 5 years ago by Spacecraft Films an aerospace related footage company that has some of the most compelling video on the subject. See http://www.spacecraftfilms.com/blog/ for more information on their footage and usage rights.
The National Geographic Channel in conjunction with Clark lab at US Riverside, Dudley lab at UC Berkeley, have posted a video that shows the process of capturing hummingbirds in flight, feeding, and doing acrobatics all in glorious 4k at 2000fps. It is probably the most scientifically worthy portrayal of hummingbirds in flight ever to be documented.
The intricacies of flight, hovering and coping with the environmental elements that hummingbirds have to fend off and how they accomplish it are now being deciphered with the help of 4k Phantom Flex cameras in great detail mainly shot by naturalist filmmaker Anand Varma. This is all part of a recent National Geographic story on hummingbirds here!