200 frames per second: that’s the “smooth slow motion capture” speed of Sony’s rather affordable HVR-V1P HDV camera. It really makes slow-motion capture accessible to the rest of us. Jaymis has been testing this mode on his new camera. Here are some early results (all the more impressive if you watch through to the full-motion versions at the end):

Sony Smooth Slow Motion test from Jaymis and Vimeo.

Of course, I’m ready to go even slower, and see what happens if you edit the footage in Final Cut Studio 2 using the new slow motion options. Starting with 200 frames should help.

More on the HVR-V1P soon; consider this a teaser.

Previously: First Impressions: Sony HVR-V1P HDV Camera

  • oh goodness gracious. All I can think about when seeing these videos is how I hope he had it in some type of sand proof case!

    But yes, that slow motion is very beautiful. I would like to see it run through some software slow motion plugins and see how slow it can get.

  • jane snijders

    I just returned from a shoot in germany. I used a V1. The way I used the smooth slow is to sort of emulate a steadicam. It works best if the person you shoot is moving just a litlle bit. If you then move the camera up and down and from left to rigth quite fast , the result is a fantastic expensive looking shot. A mix of a crane and a steadicam……
    I still ahve to get used to the focus of the V1. I somehow have more faith in the Z1.

  • Pingback: Create Digital Motion » First Impressions: Sony HVR-V1P HDV Camera()

  • Jon: So I may have got just a little bit of sand in the lens hood and the mic windshield πŸ™‚ I was pretty careful though.

    I'm back on tour now, but have the footage on my laptop with After Effects, so I'm going to try out some further slowdown in post to see how it goes.

    Also very interested to see how it goes for motion tracking and more post-oriented stuff. For web video the resolution is fine, but it won't translate to DVD or broadcast without some pretty heavy post-processing.

    Jane: Great idea! Most of those shots were at close to maximum zoom (the water stuff especially), and it's still got a pretty reasonable movement happening.

    More to come!

    Thanks for the post Peter.

  • Come on. We're all too protective of our electronics. A little sand builds its character. πŸ˜‰

    Should indeed be interesting to see what happens with post… motion tracking ought to work just fine, I think.

  • I am just worried about the sand due to an experience I had with a consumer level camera I was using. I had a light table with sand on it, and had the camera suspended above the table, and it died on me a few weeks later in a strange way. first the focusing went, then it started spilling the first row across all of the other rows, then it just died.

  • I too would like to see some post examples of slow down. Also, I'm interested in motion tracking tests.

    Great work showing us all this new camera!

  • @Jonathan,
    I agree, totally… though I've had bad enough luck with some of these electronics that I don't know that I even need sand.

    Definitely more slowdown coming… which means we can also have Final Cut versus Premiere slowmo smackdowns. Even more if I can scrounge cash to buy my own camera, and not just Jaymis. πŸ˜‰

  • grigori

    Slow motion is another character to use when you develop things. Would be great for break downs in trance and other good things too πŸ™‚
    Ahmm.. I forgot to mention ,- I want that camera! Or similar value.

  • I've just posted some more "real world" slow mo tests. These ones are from my python eating dinner, so if you don't like reptiles or seeing fuzzy things eaten, don't click on this link.

  • arthur

    hello, I'm looking for shooting at slow motion with a lowcost camera.

    I can't find good sample (no vimeo, neather youtube)

    could you send me one? or upload me on in me server?

    thanx a lot


    @rthur from paris

  • Pingback: Create Digital Motion » More Slow Motion Tests with Sony Smooth Slow Record()

  • Richard

    Hey bro, that's one hell of a piece of information you just told me about "my camera". Well we have one of these at my university but i'll call it mine from now on. So, thanks!
    Now, is there a quick way you could tell me how to do this slow motion capture or should i shake my behind for once and figure it out myself? Thanks again!

  • @Richard: If you take a look through the camera menus it will take you less time to find than you took to type that comment. It's very simple.

  • Richard

    Alrighty. I don't own the camera, it's the university camera. And we're currently in easter vacation. Anyway, Keep uyp the good work. Peace.

  • Jorge

    How many f stops we need to increase to record with 60 or 200 fps?

  • Gene

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but why can't the slow motion footage be delivered to DVD? Why does can it only be used for web videos?

    Thanks for your feed back on the camera.