Crumplepop have put up this excellent little tutorial which shown you how to get the equivalent of 1000fps by using Apple’s Motion and the Optical Flow in it. They were inspired by Oton Bačar’s superb BMX videos which he used the plug in TWIXTOR on, you can see those at the bottom of this post. I don’t normally post other people’s tutorials directly but this was too useful not to share with as many people as possible. Do check out Crumplepop’s website for some superb plug ins including “shrink ray” for tilt shift effect in FCP.
We were inspired by Oton Bačar’s incredible bmx videos on Vimeo to experiment with retiming 60fps video shot on the Canon 60d. Specifically, we were interested in whether an obscure feature of Apple Motion called “Optical Flow” could achieve results that were comparable with Twixtor.
After a lot of experimentation, we came up with a workflow that yields pretty solid results. As is the case with Twixtor, Apple Motion handles some shots beautifully while other shots get turned to ripply mush. Which is better, Motion Optical Flow or Twixtor? It seems to be more or less a draw, with Apple Motion having the distinct advantage that it comes bundled with Apple Final Cut Studio and is therefore free if you already use FCS. Either way, you’ll need to pick and choose the best bits with the smoothest motion and the least mush.
For our test, we used a Canon 60d with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, 59.94fps 1280×720, shutter at 1/1600. It’s important to mount the camera on a tripod, turn off AWB, and pick a scene with a relatively simple background (like…snow).
The basic workflow is to 1) Shoot at 59.94fps 2) Bring the footage into Motion and retime to 15%, 3) Export from Motion and conform it to 23.98fps using Cinema Tools. Then bring into FCP and edit.
Here is a tutorial that shows the nuts and bolts:
Tutorial describing how to use the Optical Flow feature in Motion to create high-quality slow motion. We used 59.94fps video shot on a Canon 60d.
This is a test of the Optical Flow feature in Motion that lets you retime footage to obtain high-quality slo-mo. Canon 60D with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @59.94fps retimed to 1000fps using Apple Motion. Graded with Magic Bullet Mojo and FCP. Titles created with CrumplePop Revealer. Tutorial video with the complete workflow is here on Vimeo and at crumplepop.com/blog.
Music: Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No.1 played by Jed at CrumplePop
Second and final slow motion test…It was filmed months ago. Editing is rough because I don’t have time to work on details.
Edited with Twixtor in After Effects.
Rain was made with Trapcode Particular 2 in AE
Lens used: Canon EFS 18-135 mm
Shutter speed: unknown
Composer: Niklas Aman, STIM
Publisher: Brusbox Music STIM
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