What Studies Say about Slow Motion
By Kendra D. Mitchell | May 06,2020 17:38 pm
The ability to make a slow motion is one of the greatest advancements in technology. The slow motion effect is common in the film industry and commonly abbreviated as slo-mo or slow-mo. In a slow motion effect, everything; events and time seem to be moving relatively slower than in real-time. Making a video play in slow motion enhances and triggers the emotion as they are in suspense to wait for the climax of the video. The modern devices and programs are capable of making slow motion videos either by over cranking the time frame or stretching time within the time frame
Part 1. The Introduction of Slow Motion
The art of making slow motion videos has undergone great advancements and the first time a slow motion video was designed can be traced back to the early 20th century. The slow motion effect was invented in 1904 by August Musger, an Austrian priest and physicist. A couple of years later his device was presented using a projector designed by a cinema owner, K. Loffler. The device made by August used mirrored drums to synchronize the slow motion technique.
Digital slow motion or rather time-stretching is a method of making slow motion videos and done during the post-production of the video. This method involves the addition of new frames between the original frames that had been captured in the video. The new frames to be inserted have to be fabricated simply because they were captured in the video however, at times the frames may be similar to the preceding ones. In most cases, the new frames to be introduced are designed and a product of the interpolation of the existing frames.
Currently, many algorithms are complex and are able to track motion between the time frames and in turn generate new frames in between that scene. Studies and research have shown that when a person views a slow motion video then they can easily attribute the intention and aim of the actors in the video clip or film. Slow motion also aids in seeing moments and scenes that would have skipped your view if watched in real-time.
Part 2. Reasons Why We Need Slow Motion
There are a couple of reasons as well as real-life situations that will opt you to view a video clip in slow motion rather than in real-time. Some of the reasons/ situations include:
1. Attract Audience Attention
Slowing down a video creates suspense in the viewer's mind as well as triggering a desire and anticipation of the audience to know the ending of the video clip or the film. This will glue your audience to their seats and encourage them to stay focused on the video more than they would do if it were played in real-time, regular speed. Slow motion videos may also trigger the emotion of the audience as they get and view the scope of the video more clearly.
2. In Sports
Slow motion is a handy and essential tool in the sporting sector. The replays are made in slow motion so as to take a close look at the skills, artistic and expertise of the players. More so, slowing down the video help in identifying handballs, wrong tackles, as well as a player, caught up in the offside trap. These moments are best viewed in the slow motion video otherwise they would skip your view in watched at the regular speed.
3. Scientific Use
Slow motion videos have taken a great part in the advancements of science. In Microbiology, for instance, it has enabled the view and study of reproduction, division, and multiplication of microorganisms that happen so fast. It is obvious that you would skip some of the important details if viewed in real-time and speed. Slow motion is also used in the CID department to analyze the video footage of a crime scene hence draw precise conclusions and evidence.
To sum it all up, our forefathers deserve a thumbs up for the invention of slow motion video and more so appreciate the current and diverse tools and program in the market that aid us in slowing down our video clips. Studies also tend to show that slow motion is effected in real life sometimes. They say that during accidents, events occur in slow motion and time seems to be stretched. Aside from that, you should take advantage of the benefits of making slow motion videos, and use this effect on your social media video as well as your personal videos to add more taste and turn them to incredible clips.