Stuck In Motion – A Cool Video Technique

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Introduction

This is an exciting new combination of hardware and technique that is now available to everyone – from hobbyist to professional – you’ll have a great time.

I enjoy experimenting and then sharing techniques and how-tos with people.  I did the same thing with my HDR Tutorial, which you can have a look at if you are new to the site!  (by the way, welcome!)

The Effect in Two Minutes

You’ll get a good idea of the technique by watching this video below. It’s called “The Moments Between: Seeing the Edge”.

“Stuck in Motion”

I first released this “video” called “The Moments Between:  Episode 1: Japan“.  There was a very positive response to it, and I asked people for names.  I got all kinds of suggestions, but, in the lack of anything better, I kinda like “Stuck in Motion”!  Anyway, on with the story.

Japan: Heartbeats of Time

Here is another example — I integrated several techniques, including Stuck In Motion, to make this video.

Sometimes people just want to know the specifics, so here you go:

Hardware:

Software:

  • Graphics and Special Effects:  Photoshop and After Effects:  See the Latest Deals on Adobe Products.
  • Note that you do not need these products at all.  You can simply use iMovie or any video editing product.

In the video, I interchaged scenes shot with those three cameras.  You can probably easily detect the slow-motion footage from the Casio EX-FC100 from the regular-speed D3S footage.  Below, you will see more detailed information on the “technique”.

The Moments Between: Tokyo Dream

Here is a more recent “Stuck In Motion” video for you to enjoy…

The Moments Between, Episode 1

This is the first video I made when I began experimenting with these techniques.

The Science and Math Behind the Technique

Okay, stick with me for a minute here. I think an important thing to “think about” is the nature of human memory. We live life a certain speed. We are only immediately, consciously aware of about 30 frames per second. However, our brain does not record and react at 30 frames per second. It can do a lot more than that.

Our brains record memories like tiny fantastic movie reels, networked together by feelings, associations, and experience. As a photographer, I always have to remind myself that the brain does not store memories like a computer stores JPGs. We DO NOT take millions of snapshots and file them away. Nor do we take hour-long TiVo recordings of the day and store them for later retrieval. The truth is somewhere in between — fleeting thoughts of moments that grabbed you and will never leave.

We do certainly sense the world at greater than 30 frames per second. You know by experience that you can pick up on the micro-emotions that appear on people’s faces when you talk to them in person. You lose a lot of that over TV or Webcams. Those means can suffice, but, given the choice, in person is always better. Case in point, I’d wager to say some of your deepest memories were experienced in person rather than on TV or over a webcam, which take an arbitrary 30 (or 24) slices of time.

Think in Orders of Magnitude

I’m fascinated by powers of 10. My background is in Computer Science and Math, so I got into thinking about numbers a long time ago. Orders of magnitude are commonly seen the Richter Scale and other scientific formulas, because they can help express patterns that are otherwise unwieldy to the human mind, which is only comfortable in one scale of space and one scale of time.

Thus, there are two things of math happening here. One, the video is shot at 10x time, and the camera itself moves at 10x the human head. When the two are juxtaposed, it creates something gripping that can hit the viewer on a deeper level.

What has been invented here?

Nothing!  This stuff has been possible for a while, but you needed a tens of thousands of dollars, rare hardware, an experienced crew, and possibly an expensive set.  This technology and technique has been democratized.  That is, now, everyone with a spare $200and a mind for adventure can do it.  You can too!  Let me show you how.

The Hardware

Update!  Now I am using a smaller, more compact camera that is just as good.  It’s the Casio EX-FC100.  It should be about $200 – check the latest prices at Amazon.  Note this is a big update because the camera I used to use cost over $1,000.

The EX-FC100 is a tiny point-and-shoot camera.  It does all the same photo stuff as every other camera, plus it has this high-speed mode at 210 FPS.  It has many other modes too, but that is the one I use the most.  The BAD news is that 210FPS can only capture at 480×360 – not exactly HD!  But, I think this will get better with every generation… Comon Casio!

However, don’t worry too much about that low resolution…  Really, think about it.  95% of your work will be viewed over the web. For the next 3 or 4 years, this will be fine.  As you can see from my video, the last thing on your mind is how small it is.  Besides, soon we will see another generation of these cameras that will shoot in higher res.

Now, you could probably up-res it to 1024×720 using something like Streamclip, but I did not find it necessary.

Another nice thing about this camera is it is quite small and handy!  I had no trouble carrying it around along with my Nikon D3X.  It was very handy whenever I saw something I wanted to grab!

The Technique

While there is no “one-way” to do this, keep the following points in mind:

1) Move the camera 10x as fast as you think you need to

This is a counter-intuitive technique.  You’ll stop doubting when you see your results. Now, you are going to look like a damned fool doing this, so get ready!  When you are shooting, you need to move the camera 10x faster than you think you need to!  We are all used to seeing video cameras making nice, smooth pans.  Forget that!  Keep it non-shaky, but move it 10x as fast as you think!

2) Get at least 2 layers of independent motion (and have the 3rd layer in motion be the camera)

Here is a wonderful thing.  Your brain lives in a 3D world and records it so.  It uses cool tricks like parallax and relative movement to make sense of z-space.  A photo has trouble doing that!  A still video camera has trouble doing that too.

The best shots in that video, you wlll notice, are ones where there are many layers of motion.  I think the top ones were shot from a car or a train, where there was one layer of motion on one plane, organic elements on another plane, and non-organic elements on a third.  The brain wraps around that to make 3D sense of placement, and the brain enjoys that because it needs to figure out where the heck things are.  You may also notice that I used this technique handheld a lot too.  For example, the girl with the big watch, the water falling down, and a few others.  I was moving the camera extremely fast in each situation.

3) Record humans, animals, water, or other objects that have Newtonian expectations

I’ve tried recording all kinds of things that I thought would be cool, but they just ended up boring. We expect humans to move in a certain way, water to splash at a particular speed, and horses to trot at an expected gait. When you slow these down, your brain has a wonderful time appreciating all the little things you’ve always subconsciously known.

At first, I tried shooting cars or panning landscapes. But, frankly, you can’t really tell if the car is in slow-motion or just going slow!

Now, if you are a videographer, you know a lot of these tricks already.  I advise you keep doing this stuff, just speed it up by 10x.

4) Shoot in bright light

This camera does not record video well in low-light situations.  It’s best to be outside or a well-lit interior.  If you do end up in poorly lit areas, you get a flicker effect that you probably noticed.  I happen to think that is really cool!  You will probably deduce that the 300 FPS is capturing scenes faster than the light is flashing (interesting to think about… how some light sources work…).  I look forward to future versions of this camera (and competitors), where the sensors get better and the resolution increases.

Interview on This Week in Photography

I was honored to be invited to guest host TWIP by Frederick Van. On that show, I talked all about the technique and the hardware. It’s about 50/50. To hear more, just go grab TWIP Episode 115.

Conclusion

I hope you all can use this hardware and technique to make some amazing stuff!  Please put links down below to your work. I post my stuff on Vimeo, since that seems to be a great community for serious video and experimentation.  Do not post it on Flickr.  The video quality there is really bad.

If nothing else, this may re-invent the way you capture your family.  If you have kids or grandkids, this will capture those micro-emotions and small moments that stick with you.  Better yet, if you have gotten those cool e-starling picture frames for your family, now tiny stuck-in-motion videos can show up in their picture frames remotely.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/priyesh_photography/ Priyesh Photo

    Good description! Can’t wait to see more.

  • http://www.benjaminschmanke.com Benjamin

    Definitely a cool looking effect… but unfortunately isn’t truly “anybody can do”. In other words, though 1,000 bucks might not be “too expensive” for a few, the rest of us can’t just toss $1,000 to B&H for a cool new “Stuck In Motion” effect. Sure wish I could, but unfortunately not as “public” as some of us thought.
    Thanks for the reveal Trey. Hope to see more Stuck In Motion videos from you in the future.

  • http://bhookun.com Kevin

    Wow, truly fantastic, and much easier than I thought, however, Benjamin is right — $1000 is not exactly this easy to toss around for the majority of people, including me. Keep it coming Trey! great work!

  • Jan

    How would this work with the Casio EX-FS10? It’s <$199, so quite a lot more affordable. Shoots 210 fps @ 480×360.

  • Curtis

    Thanks for the info Trey. I had my money on the Sanyo Xacti HD1010. It shoots 300 fps and only goes for $350. Assuming the Casio isn’t much good over 300 fps, is there any reason to go with the Casio over the Sanyo?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarmo888/ Tarmo

    I haven’t done any movies like yours, but after a while I found 300fps is not slow enough. So i started taking 600fps.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarmo888/3691938305/

    You didn’t mention that Casio EX-F1 has 30-300fps mode, which enables you to switch between normal speed and slow motion by just pressing a button.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarmo888/3578840859/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarmo888/3692736144/

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    That sounds really interesting Curtis — if you get it, let me know what you think.

    What resolution does the Sanyo do at 300 FPS? That’s a great price!

    Kevin – Yes $1,000 is not pocket change – but cheaper than the $10K+ cameras that it usually costs

  • Curtis

    Looks like 448×336 at 300 fps on the Sanyo. Not too shabby. Less than the Casio at 512×384, but still decent at least for web deployment.

  • Rod Cole

    I am a cinematographer and Indy filmmaker. Yes, $1000 is a lot of money, but when you compare the cost to that of even a decent camcorder or a Canon #5D2, or a #7D, the cost is reasonable. Compare the cost to a “real” high speed camera like the Phantom High Speed Digital Cinema camera

    http://www.visionresearch.com/.

    Like Trey says, it is not HD, 4K, or 5K but it is available now and it can do some incredible slo-mo effects at a relatively reasonable price.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jackie-Wu-Hing-Ki/755632253 Jackie Wu Hing Ki

    for my clip that I tweeted about, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpNa0eoEywU (vimeo was not letting me upload anything…), I captured it in my Canon 500D and slowed down by 100 times with After Effects, it only interprets gentle motions so it wouldn’t actually create anything more than what was in between the frames… but still it was quite fun to play with :)

    Still if I had $1000 to spare I think I’ll keep that and wait til I could get a 7D!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nabilishes nabil za

    “For example, the girl with the big watch, the water falling down, and a few others. I was moving the camera extremely fast in each situation.”

    i dont get this one.the water falling down into the cup or the water scene falling down into the vase doesnt look like the camrea is moving. looks like it was handheld at a single spot.

    enlighten me dear trey.

  • Giorgio

    I was really thrilled by your slow motion video because the effect is very attractive. I was probably misled by thinking that you were creating the effect without using a very high fps camera (and in fact it really sounded incredible to me). I just gave a quick read to this post but I can’t find what’s so revolutionary about using a high fps camera moving it quickly and than slowing it down afterwards.
    I may have missed the point here. By the way, I keep following your posts, which helped me to refine my HDR skills and I think your doing a nice job investigating these techniques!

  • http://www.AprilWes.com Wes

    I love it! Been waiting since you showed your first video to see how this was done. Someone guessed early on about the Casio F1, and I almost went ahead and bought one. I’ll be buying it this morning, though. So cool! Very interested to see how this progresses.

  • anon

    The technique certainly adds another dimension – not quite a video and not quite a Ken Burns style slideshow, but has components of both. With a little training, the technique is within everybody’s reach. But what makes this so cool here is not the technique, but the composition of the shots, the subjects, the framing, the moments being captured. The collection of shots in these videos captures the viewer’s attention.

    I showed these videos to my kids (8 yo and younger) and they were all captivated by the images they saw. And the video moved at their pace – they could ask questions about what they saw without the objects disappearing. Great work!

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  • Charlie

    I like the technique, but I disagree that 640×480 is enough resolution. I’d love to see what this looks like in at least 720p. Maybe it’s the compression used, but the videos are very pixelated. More detail and more color would really help complete the vision.

    With that said cool idea. The best shots are most definitely those that you are moving quickly on a train or car and the people appear to be stuck.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mahesh-Telkar/600984738 Mahesh Telkar

    So excited to know about the technique Trey! much awaiting one :-) I have few questions (consider me as naive :-)

    1. Is it possible to shoot with my sony dsc h5 which supports video recording at 30fps (640X480) ?
    2. How to edit them to slow motion.

    Well, my question my sound too naive .. but I am so excited to learn more about this in detail

    Thanks and Regards

    Mahesh

  • James

    I went to the Camera store and tried the Casio EX-F1 and the family of high speed Casio.: The FH20 and the FC100 have a smaller sensor, record at 210 fps and have a slightly less resolution. They also record in a Motion jpeg instead of an mp4. I just recorded an example in the store. You can tell the difference in quality suffers compared to the EX-F1. I tried the sanyo Exacti HD 1010 since we have some available at the University for check out. I think many would be more satisfied in the Sanyo more than the less expensive Casio models. The FPS, the file format, and battery would be more close to the Casio EX-F1 shot by Trey.

  • Matt

    No video is available.. blank space where i’d expect to see vids.

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  • Minh

    Trey, i think you should check out this great video shot in japan with a high fps video camera!:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAxgpHWtLC0

  • Facebook User

    I love how you share new things with people, and to that end, I sent this page link to the cool guys at @beforethedoor, @ZacharyQuinto’s production company. They may find a use for it in future projects. I think it’s cool as hell!

  • http://jason-g.com Jason Grubb

    Great Work… Love this. Hoping to add to my wedding photography in 2010

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chua-Ang-Lim/1060460719 Chua Ang Lim

    Finally revealed! Those are really cool videos. Bit disappointed that it came out as needing new equipment and not what I have. Spending USD1000 for this is way out of my priorities. I’ll invest it in nicer glasses. ANyway, thanks so much for sharing.

  • http://nslog.com/ Erik J. Barzeski

    Golf instructors have taken to using this camera as a fairly cheap way to record acceptable high-speed video of golf swings. Of course, there’s no camera movement there.

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  • http://21stcenturyschizoidman.blogspot.com John F. Opie

    Hi -

    Very cool: I thought it was something like this. I’ve just acquired the Casio EX-FC 100 to play with this technique: it was less than $250. Sure, smaller sensor limited zoom, but 1/4 the price. This is almost as much fun as time-lapse! :-)

    The key is moving the camera while doing this high-speed videoing…

  • http://alperry.com Al Perry

    I purchased one of the first Casio EX-F1 cameras in April 2008 and have demonstrated it to photography organizations several times. I find the camera to be a very good all around point and shoot still camera, video camera and slow motion machine. One of the first digital cameras to bring about the convergence of still and video. I am surprised no other camera maker has introduced anything better in the last 18 months.

    I really enjoyed how you used the camera to give us a look we don’t often see. I did not think to use it in the way you did. Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful video and technique.

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  • http://www.dybowski.me.uk Dybowski

    I absolutely love this idea….

    But there is some idea that cam to my mind… how a picture would look like if you would use stereoscopic effect so using 2 of these Casio’s and then disabling the red colour channel in post processing and merge the video… that could give amazing additional depth effect…..

    I don’t have access to that camera but if you could try to work it out.. could be even better…..????

    Many thanks for the Blog

    Cheers
    Michal

  • Paul Ely

    The Casio EX FH20 seems to have similar specs yet cost over half as much as the EX F1. It woudl seem that the same effect can be created using the newer version camera. Has anyone used the EX FH20? If so, what are your thoughts?

    Paul

  • david

    the casio EX-FC100 was recently reviewed in POP PHOTO, i believe, and received an outstanding rating. slow motion at 210 fps up to 1200fps. all reviewers i’ve seen agree that 1200 is worthless. also, like the EX-F1 it is poor in low light. cost = $300. it also shoots high def. i tried to purchase the EX-F1 through RITZ and was told casio isn’t marketing/making it anymore because of poor sales. i think this new little point and shoot fits the bill for experimental fun. thank you for your tips on shooting with slo mo, they are helpful with any system used. keep up the creative thinking.

    david

  • http://www.digitalartform.com Joseph Francis

    I’d probably experiment with returning the footage to close to real time, but averaging in all the frames so that it’s more like a long exposure open shutter motion blur

  • http://www.eat5hams.com Eric

    I agree with david about about the EX-FC100, it looks great, not quite as fast as the F1, but WAY cheaper. I just got bought it from tigerdirect.com for 229 – 29 bing.com cashback, so only 200 bucks and am way excited to try it out! I am going to Israel for a semester and between this for fun video and my SLR for real photos I’m way pumped to see what I can do!

    Thanks Trey!

    Eric

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  • http://ice-horse.de Birgit

    that sounds like fun and you have delivered a great description! Maybe 1000 $ is still a little expensive for a toy for most of us, but I’ll certainly give it a try as cameras get cheaper and better.

  • http://skatecreek.com Martin

    saw this on GBTV and had to share with my world… http://skatecreek.com
    very cool stuff Trey!
    thanks for sharing ….. Happy Holidays

  • http://skatecreek.com Martin

    I bought the Exilim EX-FC100, though not as good as the EX-F1, I have some pretty good results for only $239, and they even have a $179 model that will do HSV, cool stuff.

  • http://focus.tracinglight.com/ Daniel Peckham

    For those thinking about which camera to get for HSV, check out this helpful gizmodo post which also shows examples of slow-mo video shot at different frame rates. Look at the bottom for a list of recommended cameras (the Casio models seem to be the best). The other thing to consider is that CES is coming up really soon, and there will most likely be new models announced.

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  • http://www.highcroftracing.com Paul Ryan

    Trey
    Thanks very much for the inspiration and tips.
    http://gallery.me.com/paulryan21#100144
    We’ll be using this quite a bit this season.
    Thanks to your appearance on This Week in Photography – we discovered this great camera and great technique.

    Regards
    Paul Ryan

  • Telemach

    Fuji announced

    FinePix HS10 that is expected to hit the market with $499 USD price
    and features

    A new Super High Speed Movie function allows you to freeze action and capture breathtaking movies at up to 1000 frames per second for amazing slow-motion movies that reveal the hidden world of events that normally occur in the blink of an eye.

    at least something affordable for great stuck in motion videos

  • Joe

    I appreciate your sharing of this technique.
    To me, more than anything, the music gives an incredible feel in the first video.
    Could you tell me what the music is at the stuck in customs intro and throughout the video? I’d appreciate it a whole lot. (Heh, I know I’m kinda late in asking this.) Both sound atmospheric and nostalgic, heh, and a little Phil Collins-esqe, and I’m a huge found of this sort of sound.

    Thank you.

  • Joe

    **”huge fan”
    sorry.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks!

    Joe — the intro 4-second bit is Vangelis — I forget the name of the song… I think Antarctic Echoes.

    The video song is Patrick O’Hearn – Let the Truth Prevail

  • Joe

    Ah!
    Thank you so much.

  • Sami

    Camera’s price has gone down. I’m planning to buy one :)

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  • http://benjamingettinger.wordpress.com/ Benny

    Thanks for sharing the how-to!

  • http://www.chrispokorny.com Chris Pokorny

    Nice effects! Enjoyed the new video. I liked how you captured many of the people in a natural state – the cell phone guy; the women waiting for… and they weren’t staring at the camera. Great caputre with the ice falling behind the two kids. Nice work!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cindy-Williams/1491650220 Cindy Williams

    This is mind candy as well as eye candy. The up and away feeling as if you are on magical tour. Thank you for not just for sharing but for caring.

  • http://www.digitalaspirations.com Ketih

    Okay, you just cost me $200. I will researching how students can use this technology to increase their observational skills when conducting inquiry experiments. Along with slowing things down, the Casio EX-FC100 ability to capture and overlay multiple positions of a moving object in a single frame will also be useful for observation.

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  • http://www.emptiful.com iain

    Hey Trey, just trying to help the guy that helps the rest of us, by pointing out what looks to be a small typo…

    “You can simply use iMove or any video editing product.”

    Should probably be ‘iMovie’… unless you were referring to ‘iMove’ the “leading developer of immersive visual solutions for mission-critical security and surveillance applications”…

    :)

  • http://16x9cinema.com Carl Olson

    So cool. By the way, I did the album cover design (back in the day when there was such a thing!) for Patrick O’Hearn for his album “So Flows the Current” from which the song you used in this video is from.

  • http://www.gregjordandesign.com/blog Greg Jordan

    Hey Trey,

    Just got your email newsletter and watched your new video, “Japan: Heartbeats of Time.” Super work. Love the slow-mo. Ideal choice in sound track.

    My favorite transition: snow monkey yawning to man yawning. Also, fun ending!

    See you at Burning Man… hopefully.

    Greg

  • http://antwerpenr.com antwerpenR

    Fantastic – just love the falling snow and “English OK”. Also you seem to have been weather-testing the Nikon…presumably it passed! A few of my recollections of Japan are here: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=japan&w=83555001%40N00&s=int

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks everyone – very cool…

    Carl – are you serious? What a small world!!! I love the music, obviously!

    Iain – thanks – let me fix that! hehe

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Eliel/1079677682 Brian Eliel

    Trey,

    Is there an advantage for video using the casio over your Nikon? does it have a higher frame rate? have you looked at the hd video with autofocusing in video on the panasonic gh1? of course more resolution would be great but is 300 fps enough is there an advantage to have highter fps?

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  • Ed Vasconcellos

    Trey – Enjoyed the video very nuch, have to try that. I have had the Casio EX-FH20 canera for over a year and enjoy what it can do. I take slow motion movie’s at the 210 fps speed, at the higher speed settings the picture is to small. It will also take single shots at 40fps, the zoom has great range. It also has Dynamic Range setting and your able to use 8 different color filters. It does use you AA battery power fast. I now use batterys from Delkin its a rechargeable battery with 2900mAH and it has extended my battery power by a lot. Check their website: wwwdelkin.com They have 20%
    off sales. My Grandchildren play sports and I use the slow mo for shots of them. I’m a retired golf professional and had a special High Speed 8mm Camera that would take movies at 500fps. Then I would view them with a setting of 5fps on the projector, the end results was a slow mo movie that would take over 2 min. to view the complete golf swing.

    Enjoy your website very much, it is ONE OF THE BEST.

    THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge.

  • Nina Fox

    I am looking at the Vhold Contour HD… 30 fps… what are your thoughts? I am so into the slo mo thing. All the ones I want are in the upward price of “NO WAY”…

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  • http://www.abettertrip.com Kenneth Tin

    I’m was so impressed and inspired by your video that I followed the link to learn the technique. I actually bought the Casio FC-100 when it came out and it’s been pretty much the best point and shoot I’ve used for all around traveling. I also shoot a Nikon D200 and am happy with photos (I’ll need to study your HDR guide!), it doesn’t do video.

    Thanks so much for sharing. I hope to put the knowledge you’ve shared to good use.

    Best regards!

  • http://www.digitalaspirations.com Ketih

    Okay, got the Casio EX FC100 in based on your posting. This is going to be fun. Check out my first day’s results in a video I call “A Slow Day with my Grandson.”
    http://www.digitalaspirations.com/Slowday4.mov

    Editing in iMovie, music from Garageband. Enjoy.

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  • http://www.derekclarkphotography.com Derek Clark Photography

    I was making a film with the Nikon D300s, but alwas had slow-motion in mind for parts. I bought the Casio EX-FC100 a few days ago and I am very happy with it. I’ll get more into the Stuck In Motion effect soon, but for now, here is my film ‘Reaction’ on Vimeo:
    http://www.vimeo.com/12320701

    Please leave comments here and on Vimeo. It can also be seen on my blog at http://www.derekclarkphotography.blogspot.com.

    Best regards
    Derek.

  • Harbles

    Hi! Very cool videos.
    I wonder if you have tried combining time-lapse and HDR technique?
    I can imagine one of those amazing broken cloud sunsets or sunrises or even just clouds moving accross the sky would look pretty neat. Many hours of post processing I guess but maybe there’s a way to automate it?
    Anyhoo just a thought.

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  • Zio Jama

    I think that your work is amazing! Thaks a lot for the very precious suggestions!!!

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    Hi, I am from Japan and graduated with photography degree in NC, USA. I really like your video and off course your HDR images. I am using photomatix for 2 years and not yet satisfied my skills. I really learned from your tutorial today.
    Thank you for sharing amazing video and photos!!

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    Trey, is there any software that can boost video so it can be viewed larger or noise reduction software for video.

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    Trey…I was only just feeling I was reaching a level of success in replicating some of your techniques. Now you’ve raised the bar yet again this time into the stratosphere. This is what sets you apart from all of us. Thanks; you’re a master, and you keep pushing and pushing the limits. Truly outstanding.

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  • http://www.mueses.com Eduardo Mueses

    Totally inspired bu your videos…. The new model for the Casio is EX-F100!

    http://vimeo.com/18240229

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    Trey, those are awesome videos. I love the effects, and the creativity of it all. Thanks for posting the how-to. I am not ready to try it yet as I am new to all of this stuff and need to try HDR first. Unfortunately my real job gets in the way, but I look forward to trying this in the future. Do ou ever do any workshops or anyhting of the sort in Dallas?

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    THanks!

    No workshops in Dallas planned this year – but I may have something special in mind, so stay tuned for that! :)

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    This is how the right brain sees the world. High frame rate, continuous. Of course, the right brains sees this at full speed and typically only remembers the important bits. The exception is when you feel existentially threatened, then all the bits get remembered, which was recently discovered to be the reason “time slows down” in existential emergencies. Time doesn’t really slow down: you just uncharacteristically remember all the “in between” bits. These videos recreates the experience without requiring an existential crisis. Wonderful.

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    TL:DR – use a fast camera shutter speed on the video 280fps+ and pan the camera really fast.

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    the video you are doing now is so cool. i look forward to each new one and am waiting for the day when i will one of yours on the imax at the bob bullock museum, bro!

  • Ian Rowberry

    Hi, I am Thinking of buying a casio fh100. Can you tell me, your videos seem pretty good quality considering you used 210 fps at 480 x 360. Is this what your fc100 gives you or have you had to do any post processing? great work by the way.
    Ian

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    Hi Trey, just got myself an FH100 to try this out. My first attempt is kind of rosty… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP1LzMPMh_I

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    Does anyone know what sort of investment you’d be looking at to do this in HD? Are the point-and-shoots there yet, or is there any news of a higher-def version on the horizon?

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    Some good tips here. A steady hand or steadicam greatly improves the effect. I’d imagine this is where you got the idea or inspiration: http://vimeo.com/2910103

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  • Barry Mink

    This is a very interesting technique and I really like it. Want to learn more and try it. The Casio ex f 100 is no longer readily available. Any other suggestions for a similar camera that is as good. Thank you. Barry Mink

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  • Anonymous

    I’ve made such a video, 10 second version, of a skater jumping in Germany: 
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  • Steve Harris

    I’d like to comment on a possible explanation for the flicker you’re seeing in some of your scenes.  More than likely you’re seeing the flicker as a result of the fluorescent lights and not necessarily the low ambient light level.  They cycle on and off at a cycle rate = to that of the htz rate of the prevailing electrical system.  60hz here in the US and 50hz in other countries.    Look back at the scenes where you see the flicker and you’ll notice that there will be fluorescent lighting present.  The non synced pulsations between the high frame rate you are recording at and the light bulb flicker(un noticed by the raw human eye) will result in a flicker in your recorded video. You might also notice a slower color cycling, though at 300fps, the phenomenon might not be present. BTW neon will also flicker at various higher frame rates.  

    I see this all the time on my professional full size HDCam, though we have adjustable shutters to eliminate it when it occurs.

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    idk if I am missing something but did all you do is film with a high speed camera and slow it down? I was expecting a breakdown but I don’t see it anywhere on this page…

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