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Old December 21st, 2003, 10:56 PM   #1
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slow motion in fcp 4

does anybody know how to do slow motion within final cut pro 4?


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Old December 21st, 2003, 11:05 PM   #2
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Highlight the clip on the timeline and then go to MODIFY> SPEED. The lower percentage, the slower it will go. Play around with the blend frames to see what works best.
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Old December 22nd, 2003, 09:24 AM   #3
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Do a search, there has been plenty of discussion and the principles should be the same regardless of software.

I recently did quite a bit and found the following worked best for me:

1. shoot normal 60i so that you get the most temporal data
2. slow down as desired in FCP, enabling frame blending
3. render and export to a new file
4. deinterlace with either a plug in or separate program

Step 4 is optional of course, depending on whether you like that sort of look...
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Old December 30th, 2003, 12:12 PM   #4
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if i shot the majority of my film in canon's frame mode, and then shot the slowmo sequences in 60i, would it have a consistent look - framewise - to leave the slowed footage interlaced (skip step 4) or to deinterlace with something like AE?
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Old December 30th, 2003, 10:16 PM   #5
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Kind of. Remember it is deinterlacing and giving each field a whole frame to display, so it may look a wee bit goofy compared to normal frame mode. I'd suggest this:

Take your XL1 and shoot 10 seconds of footage with something moving or perhaps a camera pan. Shoot the same thing again in 60i and then slow it down. Do you like what you see? Let us know.
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Old December 30th, 2003, 11:28 PM   #6
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Ted, if you use an adaptive deinterlacing program or plug in the results should actually be very good. These programs don't simply discard a field, but construct 30p frames using an algorithm which treats static and moving parts of the image differently to obtain the best resolution. Do a search here on deinterlacing. On the Mac I'd suggest looking at Joe's Filters and DVfilm Maker.

However I do agree with you that it would be wise to do some comparisons and see what you think. Happily, both of these programs have fully functional free demo versions.
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Old January 9th, 2004, 04:25 AM   #7
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thanks for the replies. i appreciate the help. i will try you idea of testing (nerrr....how simple, the things we overlook) and see what i like better. Boyd, would you be a pal and give an example of an "adaptive deinterlacing program"? i am a bit lost there. is the deinterlace filter in FCP4 adaptive? i assume it is not. and what is the downside to simple applying a slowmo effect to interlaced footage? thanks again, all.
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Old January 9th, 2004, 09:18 AM   #8
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Deinterlaced video has a certain look to it. There has been extensive discussion on this topic around here. See some of the following for starters:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=16416
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...&threadid=6275
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...&threadid=3997
http://www.dvinfo.net/articles/filmlook/pappas1.php
http://www.100fps.com/
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