I've started using fcp 10 and I really want to know how to make smooth little slow mo shots like during a trick. but i don't know how to do it, i tried just doing half speed and that was terrible and I'm assuming that most people don't just conform little bits of every shot to get a smooth slow mo shot so does anyone know how to make smooth slow mo in fcp 10 like in this vid?
I think most people who use FCP usually conform all of their 60p footage to 24p before editing. If they want a clip normal speed, they speed it up once they have it in the timeline.
If you don't have the option to shoot 60p, slowing 30p down to 80% will give good slomo as well, just not as slow as 60p to 40%. If you're shooting 24p, you can't slow it down without it getting choppy.
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oh sweet thanks man and when you slow down little bits of your video do you just conform little bits where yo want slowed down or do you conform all of it and speed up the parts you don't want slowed down because that seems like a really time consuming process like in this vid you made?
you conform all of it. if you want part of a clip to be sped up, youll probably want to speed up the whole clip, then cut out the parts that you want slow motion and set them to 100% (which, since you conformed them, will actually be slow motion).
and yeah 720 isn't half the quality of 1080 since it's not half the resolution (540 would be half the resolution of 1080), plus many web players only support 720p anyway. also, quality is more dependent on bit rate and not resolution, but that's a different discussion.
I used a 720p60 time line and then used final cut to slow down the shots how i wanted to. When you edit at 60fps, you can slow down to 40% while keeping smooth motion, even though i probably don't go below 50% when I do it that way. Conforming works great too, i did all conforming for this video and used the speed up method in some spots, but then for all the real time shots i just dropped my 60p clip into a 24p timeline.