How to Create Slow/Fast Motion Camera Movement Shots

On this short video tutorial videographer Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter demonstrates how you can create a cool camera movement trick which includes slow and fast motion.

The concept behind what you see in this video is really simple – you need to start with a camera movement – either done via a slider a jib or in some other stable way. You will need to shoot at 60p or higher.

So you do the shoot in slow motion (again 60p or above if possible and at least double the shutter speed) and do a consistent move with your slider/jib etc. and pick a place in the frame where the focus will be (which is where the slowdown will be in the final video).

After you have your footage you bring it into an editing software (Pike uses final cut pro 10 – but you can use Premiere Pro and other software as well). Essentially what you do is cut the footage into about 3 sections and apply either slow motion normal or fast speed (Pike shows this on the video). He also adds up some digital zooming into the image to emphasise the fast movement.

That is all – it is actually pretty simple and there might even be more basic ways of doing that with less bells and whistles but quicker.

You can find more tutorials on the video editing section here on LensVid. If you liked Judd’s video you can check out some of his other videos on this sub-section of LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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