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Working With Slow Motion Video In Post

Slow motion video can be used in many ways – for artistic effect, to create drama or suspense, or to simply show off something beautiful in a cinematic way. There are several different ways you can slow down your video footage during post-processing. Watch this video as Sony Artisan of Imagery Miguel Quiles discusses slow motion video and specifically how to work with 4K60P video files in Adobe Premiere. Watch more videos on the Sony Alpha Universe YouTube Channel.

Sony Artisan Miguel Quiles takes us through his process and workflow for 4K 60p video files in Adobe Premiere.

First Quiles creates a new project and imports several 4K60P files that were taken with the new Sony FX30 into Adobe Premiere. “Now we’re working on a 24P timeline,” he explains. “24P is what I typically use for my videos here at Alpha Universe, as well as for my own YouTube Channel. But if we’re taking those 60P files and we drop them onto this timeline, you’ll notice that the video doesn’t play back in slow motion. It actually plays back and has a look that is reminiscent of a live news or a sports broadcast. For some situations this might work just fine, but we’re after that epic slow motion that everyone talks about when they’re shooting at 60 or even 120 frames per second.”

There are a few different ways that Quiles has used to slow down these clips. “The easiest way,” he says, “is to modify the files before adding them onto the timeline.” Quiles specifically shows how to do this in the video tutorial. If you already added your footage to your timeline and then decided you want to slow it down, that’s OK. Quiles also shows another way to slow down the clip that’s already on the timeline. Quiles uses both of these methods on occasion when he wants that beautiful, slow motion look that Sony cameras provide.

“If you happen to have 120P footage, then you’ll slow the clip down to 20 percent. The calculation to get these numbers is to divide 24, which is the frames per second that I’m using on this timeline, by 60, which is the frames per second of the clip. That gives us 0.4, which translates to 40 percent. Just take the timeline frame rate and divide it by the frame rate of the video clip, and that will tell you what the correct percentage is to slow down your footage so that it plays back in slow motion.”

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