Slow Motion, as the name suggests, is the act of playing back the footage slower than it was recorded. Therefore, the action appears much slower in slow motion than in real life. It’s a great way of filming impressive action footage with all the minute details, using your GoPro Hero 7 Black camera. Let’s see how!

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Can GoPro Hero 7 Black Record Slow Motion Footage?


Yes. The GoPro Hero 7 Black camera is capable of recording slow motion footage. With supported frame rates as high as 240fps at 1080p resolution, you can even shoot super-slow motion HD shots with this camera.

To record slow motion footage, a camera should be capable of shooting videos at higher frame rates (preferably higher than 60 frames per second). The Hero 7 Black camera can also shoot ultra-high resolution 4K videos at 60fps. So, if you’re looking to shoot quality Slow Motion shots, the GoPro Hero 7 Black is a great choice!

But you must keep one thing in mind. While the Hero 7 can record quality slow motion shots, when it comes to playing them in slow motion, you need an editor app. This can either be the GoPro Quik app or any other video editing software that lets you reduce the playback speed of your videos.

Settings for Slow Motion: Hero 7 Black


There are three most important settings that you need to setup carefully in order to record quality Slow Motion shots with the GoPro Hero 7 Black camera:

  1. Frame Rate
  2. Resolution
  3. Frame Rate

Frame Rate

The most important thing that you need to observe before recording slow motion videos is the frame rate of your shots. The higher the frame rate, the more you can slow down the video in post-production.

Today, the film industry standard for cinematic shots is 30fps because it is quite close to how the human eye perceives a fluid motion – 24fps. So, if you shoot footage with your Hero 7 at 60fps, you can slow it down by up to 2x (to achieve 30fps), and it will still look highly appealing to the eye. Similarly, a video recorded at 120fps can be slowed down by up to 4x and it’ll still look just fine! If you want super-slow motion footage with playback speed reduced by as much as up to 8x, go for 240fps.

Resolution

If you want your slow motion shots to look great, they must be shot in a good enough resolution. I recommend that you go for at least 1080p HD resolution for quality.

The GoPro Hero 7 Black is capable of shooting 4K videos at 60fps max. So, you won’t be able to record slow motion 4K shots, if you’re looking to slow down the footage by more than 2x.

However, 2.7K or 1440p resolutions also provide pretty decent results at 120fps frame rates. Here’s the rundown of frame rates provided by GoPro Hero 7 Black at different resolutions:

  • 4K: 60, 30, 24 fps
  • 7K: 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
  • 1440p: 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
  • 1080p: 240, 120, 60, 30, 24 fps

1080p @ 240 fps

Frame Rate

Slow-motion and poor lighting don’t go well together! It’s a fact that when you’re recording at high frame rates to create slow motion footage, your camera’s shutter opens for a shorter span of time. This results in darker/grainy looking shots due to less light entering the camera’s sensor. So, always make sure that the footage is being recorded in sufficient light to obtain best results.

Also, don’t go overboard with increasing the frame rates unless you really need them! This is because it may mean compromising on the quality of your footage.

Recommended Settings for Slow Motion Shots with Hero 7

  • For Fast action activities like surfing, rafting or skiing in broad daylight, choose 1080p @ 240 fps for quality slow motion footage.
  • For activities like biking, motorcycling and driving, 7K/120 fps would provide great footage with the Hero 7 camera.
  • If you’re shooting in low light but still want high-quality slow motion shots, go for 4K/60fps to avoid the graininess or noise in the footage.

How to Edit GoPro Slow Motion Videos


Editing GoPro videos shot at high frame rates and creating great looking slow motion footage is pretty convenient with the GoPro Quik App. You just need to adjust the video clip’s speed according to your preference. You’ll be able to slow a clip down up to 1/8 of the speed.

Then save the footage with your desired speed, and you’re done.

GoPro Slow Motion: Final Words


Shooting at a higher frame rate may be tricky at times, because you need to pay more attention to light, and you are also limited to certain resolutions. Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind when you want to make slow motion videos with GoPro:

  • If you’re low on space, go for the minimum 1080/60fps setting. You’ll still get pretty decent looking footage, and you won’t run out of space quickly.
  • When shooting slow-motion videos, make sure that the lighting is good, so that you don’t end up with dark and noisy-looking videos.

 

I hope that this tutorial will help you create some amazing slow motion memories with your GoPro!

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