The more interesting articles I found involved the use of transcoding footage (in the particular article involved using Apple Compressor to make the footage DVC Pro 720p, 59.97) and then using a conforming software (Cinema Tools). So imagine taking a clip running at 60 frames per second and playing it back at 24 or 30. Poof. Slow motion right?
Sure, why not.
With my skepticle hat on I loading in some 29.97 DV footage into FCP (my reasons for choosing FCP will appear in another article), and did the follow:
- File - Export - "Using Quick Time Conversion"
- Set the output compression as DV NTSC - Anamorphic (same size / dimensions as the native footage)
- Changed the frame rate to 59.97 and exported the clip with a new name
(clip A3_01.mov now saved as A3_01b.mov)
Now we have a 59.97 clip of my original. For this particular project I've been working on we're going to be cutting in a 29.97 environment. So, going into Cinema tools, I added the clip to a new database I created and conformed it to 29.97. The result, a 50% slow down!
To top this, we can now record the slow-motion clip to tape for backup. Wow, who would have thought, my good-ol' XL-1s can now shoot "over-cranked" footage!
I was stunned at how good it looked. Having seen a lot of slow motion done poorly, this process really held up, particularly when combined with a little motion blur filter here and there. I now use the duration feature for scratch speeds and to tweak the 50% slow down.
Now, shooting without a fancy solid state camera can't be an excuse not to use some fun motion effects.
Go forth, peasant, and acquire slow motion!